Parker Group

Head Chef


About the company 

Busselton Pavilion is the latest venue to join Parker Group under the ownership of John Parker, the name behind prominent Perth venues; The Standard, The Royal, Fleur, Willi’s and Dandelion.

Busselton Pavilion is a relaxed and approachable hospitality venue, located in the newly refurbished Busselton Central, which will be opening its doors this summer. The venue will be operating 7 days a week from 11am until late and has the capability to hold up to 550 patrons at a time. The venue is comprised of a wine store & providore, main bar, serviced restaurant, beer garden, along with private dining and mezzanine function space.

Acclaimed chef Brendan Pratt (Vasse Felix, 2021 WAGFG Regional Chef of the Year) is the Culinary Director and has drafted a forward-thinking menu which celebrates rotisserie style food and comforting sides. Local and seasonal food will be front of mind along with a state-of-the-art kitchen fit out.


About the role 

In this role, you will have the opportunity to build an opening team and design a menu which gives Busselton locals and visitors a taste of top-tier WA hospitality. The Head Chef is a key leadership position which will set the standard for high quality food, service and kitchen management. It’s a versatile position, with high-level responsibilities across kitchen systems, processes, people, suppliers, compliance and service.

This role will commence full-time employment from late September / early October 2023 with an initial focus on building and training the opening kitchen team. This role will work closely with Chef Pratt, John Parker and be supported by the centralised operations team (consisting of HR, marketing and finance). The long-term vision for this role is to build a high-functioning team who can consistently produce an excellent customer experience through food.

What you will be doing as Head Chef 

  • Creative menu development and execution in collaboration with the Culinary Director.
  • Costing menus, reporting to senior leaders and driving kitchen systems and processes to meet KPIs.
  • Monitoring food stocks, overseeing ordering, and managing supplier relationships.
  • Ensure all dishes are prepared and presented according to the established standards and the team in training to deliver consistently.
  • Foster a high-performing and all-inclusive and positive workspace.
  • Collaborate with our other chefs in Parker Group venues to align your kitchen with the group’s overarching goals.
  • Manage timesheets, rostering, personnel issues and have regular performance reviews with your team.
  • Collaborate with FOH to deliver exceptional events and functions.
  • Work to educate all staff through food education and safety programs.

Who you are

  • You are a natural leader – always working calmly, and efficiently and creating a collaborative team environment.
  • You are a senior/experienced chef and pave a passion for producing high quality food with attention to detail.
  • You have a proven track record of managing kitchen operations to a high standard in a large multi-space venue.
  • You understand what’s involved in a new venue launch and are able to build a kitchen team from the ground up.

Why join Busselton Pavilion? 

  • Opportunity to be part of a new venue launch
  • Competitive salary
  • Join a WA hospitality group with a growing portfolio
  • Enjoy full support from a central operations team

To apply please upload your latest CV and brief cover letter on why this role is the right next step for you.

No recruitment agencies.  

If your experience looks a little different to what is described above but you would still love to be part of Busselton Pavilion, please upload your resume and we will let you know of future opportunities.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Working rights within Australia
  • Experience as a Head Chef

Take your next step in hospitality. Apply now.

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