Executive Head Chef 5 Star – Limpopo

Salary: Market Related, Live in

We are looking for a Senior Level Head Chef to oversee the kitchen for a Luxury Lodge in the Sabi Sand area. The role is to support and training on new junior chefs, assist with special dietaries and ensure company standards are maintained across the villas. The candidate should enjoy working independently and have experience in working in luxury lodges or villas in other African settings.

Please forward: Microsoft Word CV, Food Portfolio & Head & Shoulders photograph of yourself – cv@complement.co.za


Service and Kitchen Management

  • Run and supervise the entire kitchen operation
  • 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 daily
  • 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
  • Oversee Kitchen Hygiene and enforce where training needed


  • 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 5+ 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.