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Senior Sous Chef – 5* Lodge – KZN

Part of a successful and very upmarket international lodge group, we are seeking an exceptional Senior Sous Chef to join the team of their 5* Lodge in KZN. The position will report directly to the Executive Chef. The lodge is home to THE BIG 5 and situated a 3.5 hour drive from Durban and approximately 7 hours from Johannesburg. As such, own transport would be an added benefit for the candidate.

This is an opportunity to live in a piece of heaven and work in a 5* kitchen that consistently receives 5* reviews for cuisine.

Salary: R15,000 Gross (compulsory medical and pension contribution form part of the salary package) – accommodation and meals provided


  • Run and supervise the kitchen operation for the Lodge
  • Work with the Executive chef to ensure standards and goals are met
  • Ensure all menus are followed and food standard is excellent at all times
  • Support the chefs in daily supplies ordering from central store
  • Support and train new chefs on certain recipes if necessary
  • Continuous monitoring and control of dishes going out
  • Make personal contact with guests at each meal
  • Continuous encouragement and training of staff to provide the best food experience to guests
  • Be flexible when receiving unexpected request from guests and ensure you are able to accommodate unusual dietary requirements
  • Work within operational budgets
  • Stock control measures – including stock rotations and monthly stock take procedures as prescribed by the lodge financial co-ordinator
  • Implement and maintain stringent cleaning measures. This includes daily weekly and monthly cleaning as well as stock receiving.
  • Ensure that all cleaning is COVID compliant
  • Attend weekly kitchen meeting with FOH and management team to ensure all items relating to the food experience and communicated and tended to People
  • Continuous training and motivation of all kitchen staff – including on the job training
  • Ensure all staff understand their responsibilities
  • Work closely with Executive Chef and General Manager to implement standards, and staff policies


Formal Chef Qualification

  • At least 3+ years Chef Experience required in 5 star hotels or lodges
  • International exposure is a plus


  • Spoken and written English
  • Computer literate
  • Passion for food and the food experience
  • Ability to lead a team of people effectively
  • Strong management skills, day-to-day, and long term
  • The ability to motivate staff to consistently deliver
  • Ability to think and act creatively within a team
  • Good knowledge of hospitality operations including butler service
  • Ability to work flexibly


  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Passion for training staff, creating fabulous food, and new ideas
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Sense of urgency
  • Passionate about guest delight
  • Diligence and self-motivation to meet deadlines and keep on top of your job
  • Willingness/ability to share information and teach and inspire others
  • Ability to adapt and have a sensitivity to the culture of the staff

The successful candidate must be able to work under pressure, have attention to detail, must be accurate, customer focused, and have a positive outlook, excellent team player, committed, hardworking and eager to learn.

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