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Head Chef

Cairns QLD, Australia Req #11195
Tuesday, 14 May 2024
You might not have heard about Ingenia before, and we tend to fly under the radar. Once you take a look into our dynamic, incredibly fast growing (ASX 200) business with a culture of creating community you'll be surprised by all the opportunities you'll find.
We are a leading Australian property group that own, operate and develop a fast-growing portfolio of Lifestyle communities (land lease communities) and holiday parks across key urban and coastal markets. We employ over 1300 people across 120 parks and communities, with offices in the 3 eastern seaboard states.
Here at Ingenia, you can enjoy working within an organisation that genuinely cares for its people and is committed to creating communities where our residents and visitors can truly belong.

About the Location

For exceptional caravan parks in North Queensland, you can't go past BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut. A peaceful, tropical oasis set among beautifully landscaped grounds, it's just 7 minutes' drive from the centre of town. The park offers easy access to some of North Queensland's best attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, the scenic village of Kuranda and beautiful beaches.

The Role
The Head Chef is responsible for the quality production of all meals and food services as required by the food and beverage operations whilst meeting budgetary criteria on food and labour costs and assuming responsibilityfor all cleaning and sanitation involved in production, service, and dining room usage.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure the kitchen is appropriately stocked with the produce required to provide a full catering service that meets and exceeds the expectations of customers
  • Submit all required ordering for processing in adequate time to order and receive stock
  • Provide new and fully costed menus to meet market expectations
  • Ensure all produce is used to its full potential and wastage is maintained at a minimum
  • Comply with Specific Menu and Menu Standard which includes procedure for managing menu changes as may happen from time to time
  • Provide advice and guidance on product selection where necessary
  • Oversee the daily specials menu
  • Verify Critical Limits are maintained by temperature monitoring all products from time of receipt, during storage, at time of service, during service and during chilling process (when applicable)
  • Ensure the quality and flavour of our food is maintained to the highest standard at all times, with customer satisfaction our core focus
  • Complete and oversee the cleaning and sanitation of all areas of the kitchen, equipment, crockery and cutlery
  • Sweep and mop of all floor areas in the kitchen and Tavern
  • Lead by example - support, coach, motivate, innovate, and engage the team to be high performers and reach company and team goals
  • Ensure that direct reports have a clear understanding of business objectives and accountabilities, and develop and maintain staff engagement and development in those objectives
  • Actively recruit and induct new team members
  • Development of weekly rosters to ensure adequate coverage at all times
  • Create an environment that rewards and recognises individual and team performance


Technical Skills / Qualifications

  • Knowledge of HACCP and an understanding of how it relates to our Food Safety Program
  • Food Safety Supervisor Accreditation
  • Experience / Requirements
  • Qualification in Commercial Cookery or similar
  • Experience leading a team
  • Excellent communication skills with staff/managers
  • Excellent understanding of budget/cost control
  • Ability to take constructive feedback and to discuss issues/concerns in a positive, non-confrontational manner for the best outcome
  • Self-motivated and pro-active team player
  • Well organised, responsive and time conscious
  • Confident and proficient at dealing with people


Physical Requirements

  • Frequent lifting when accepting deliveries, unpacking stock, cleaning and/or moving furniture
  • Frequent use of muscular force, bending, twisting and stretching when unpacking stock, cooking and cleaning
  • Frequent walking and standing in the kitchen while cooking


Providing an exceptional service to our residents is one of the most important factors for the success of our business. For the successful applicant, we can offer:

  • Rewarding and challenging opportunity
  • Security working for an ASX listed organisation
  • Excellent discounts on Ingenia Holidays

Please note that to be considered for this role you must be able to work in Australia and be residing in Australia at the time of application. Applicants must have a passport or birth certificate and photo ID to evidence this requirement.  You will be required to complete a National Police History Check for this role.

No agencies please.

Culture and Benefits
In return, we offer a competitive package, flexibility (including working from home for some roles), extensive training and development, career progression and generous reward and recognition programs including some amazing discounts at our Holiday Parks... so come join the team and apply now! We look forward to receiving your application. Please note that to be considered for this role you must be able to work in Australia and provide evidence of working rights. All employees of Ingenia Communities must undergo a National Police Check.

Other details

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  • Cairns QLD, Australia