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Culinary Director, National Hospitality Group

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Job Title: Culinary Director, National Hospitality Group
Job Type: Permanent
Location: South Australia
Expertise: Executive Search, Culinary Recruitment
Reference: 942099
Job Published: 20 Jul 2022
Closing Date: 16 Aug 2022

Job Description

Client Profile

Hastings People has been exclusively retained with a large National Hospitality Group who has a portfolio of 32 boutique Hotels. Our client has been at the forefront of development and growth in the accommodation sector. With venues in some of Australia's most scenic & desirable locations as well as city-centre locations and even more on the way.

Each site is comprised of unique concepts with premium food & beverage offerings for their respected communities. From state-of-the-art accommodation facilities through to authentic dining offerings, our client is one you will be proud to work with.

Job Description

As the Culinary director, you will be accountable for the strategic planning, design, development and execution of the food philosophy for all venues. We are looking for an individual who has genuine passion and commitment to hospitality and is willing to drive & develop culinary talent and capability, continuously seeking out innovation to incorporate on-trend food solutions.
  • Develop and implement consistent food standards, operating concepts, and programs across all venues
  • Update and refresh existing  culinary concepts to improve quality, cost, safety and guest experience
  • Drive innovation in new product and menu development by partnering with the current culinary & senior leadership team to source quality and value ingredients to improve overall offerings
  • Identify and implement opportunities for improvement in performance against budget without compromising food quality, presentation or the overall dining experience
  • Support the business development team in the creation of food programs and culinary staffing structures for all venues
  • Coach the culinary teams to ensure the delivery of best value quality services, effective forward planning, meeting of objectives, management of priorities and the appropriate delegation of responsibilities
  • Drive a culture of open communication at all levels to create an environment where employees are engaged in business objectives and activities
Candidate Profile 

As well as being a passionate industry professional, you will also possess the following attributes:
  • Experience working across multiple sites with the ability to lead geographically diverse culinary teams
  • Proven examples of strategic planning incorporating kitchen design; menu development and implementation
  • Experience in operational management, people leadership & motivation, budgeting, service delivery
  • Ability to lead geographically diverse catering teams
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Flexible approach and attitude
  • Microsoft Office proficient
  • Passionate about delivering world-class customer service
  • Excellent work ethic with great communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a professional manner
  • Australian wide industry knowledge

This role is offering a competitive package comprised of a generous base salary plus super, along with the prospect of overseeing future venue acquisitions. 

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