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Head Chef - Hauraki Gulf

We are looking for a talented Head Chef to lead our kitchen team. Starting immediately.

The Sawmill is a truly unique cafe, live music venue and accommodation business an hour out of central Auckland that has been running for 22 years

Our menu has a strong seafood focus, championing local seasonal ingredients alongside a gourmet pizza menu. We are open Thursday - Sunday for the majority of the year, busiest when the sun is shining from October - March (we are open 7 Days a week from late December - late February)

Working nights and weekends is essential.

The successful applicants must have a minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role - be passionate about food, and have a strong work ethic.

Be honest, organised, punctual and reliable with great communication skills.

We are after a leader who can create a kitchen environment that is fun, creative, supportive, fast, consistent, and able to cope with busy times.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the kitchen, including...
- Managing and driving the kitchen team to deliver high quality and consistency.
- Stock management and quality control
- Ordering produce and ensure prep lists are up to date
- Ensuring recipes are up to date and menu is costed
- Training staff and rosters
- Ensuring the kitchen complies to general health and safety standards
- Implementing cleaning schedules and managing the kitchens F.C.P
- Communication with both the kitchen and front of house to ensure the smooth service

This is a fantastic career opportunity, not just a job - with so much potential for the right person to get stuck in and help guide the business towards becoming a food destination to complement the iconic live music venue it presently is.

As we are situated an hour north of Auckland - reliable transport is an essential, we are happy to help with temporary accommodation for the right applicant.

Visit our website to get an idea of what we do. 

Only applicants currently in NZ and able to work in NZ with a current work Visa need apply.


Please only apply if you have the above skills

Email interest and a brief ONE PAGE CV with current references (you can bring your full CV to an interview)

We will only be in touch with applicants that we're keen to interview (pretty soon after applications are received) if you don't hear from us thanks for taking the time to apply + all the best in your search

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