Head Chef
Head Chef

Villa Lena


Head Chef

About the job

The Head Chef is responsible for ensuring that the standard and quality of the food production and the hygiene within the department is maintained at the highest level at all times. This role is very much hands-on, requiring attention to detail and a positive work attitude.

Responsible to: Food and Beverage Director

About you

Main Tasks:
1. Supervise the preparation of all food

Ensure all food is prepared as per food preparation requirements
Ensure meals are produced on time, and sufficient quantities are available for the
various areas
Maintain stock levels of all kitchen supplies
Prepare daily pastry and bakery requirements as per the menu
Be available for functions as they arise to ensure that the food is prepared and served
as required
2. Oversee and supervise all kitchen staff

Ensure all staff are aware of their duties and what is expected of them
Teach new staff skills they require to perform their roles to the required standard
Delegate duties to kitchen staff as per the menu requirements
Oversee and monitor the work of kitchen staff to ensure all tasks are done as required
Give staff feedback on their performance to enable staff development
Ensure any staffing issues are resolved fairly and quickly

3. Manage kitchen stocks

Ensure wastage is minimised by careful supervision of food preparation methods
Ensure proper hygienic storage methods are utilised to prevent food loss
Ensure the security of all alcoholic and non alcoholic drink stocks
Oversee the ordering and control of stock levels

4. Ensure catering staff are working safely at all times

Ensure staff are aware of and follow safe work practices at all times
Assist other staff in the cleaning of the kitchen at the end of the shift
Ensure his/her own work station is kept clean and hygienic at all times

5. Assist the Catering Manager as required

Manage the Catering Department in the Catering Manager’s absence
Assist the day-to-day running of the department
Carry out other tasks as required by the Catering Manager
Pay careful attention to the operating budgets of the department to ensure that costs
are controlled to maintain the correct levels of spending Skills and Abilities Required

Qualified Chef
Experience and success in equivalent job roles
Punctual, organised and trustworthy
Professional appearance
Ability to manage other people
Ability to motivate staff
Excellent communication skills
Attention to detail
Ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
Ability to solve problems and think-on-your-feet
Willingness to take initiative and make decisions
Ability to delegate tasks effectively
  • Language required: English.

The company

The concept behind Villa Lena is to create a genuine but interesting, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone who visits within a context of creative exchange. With this in mind, the grounds of Villa Lena host an artist residency attended by international multi-disciplinary artists.
Villa Lena, with its uniquely picturesque setting, is set within easy access to the most celebrated cities of Tuscany. Florence and Pisa with their international airports are only a short drive away.
The estate itself sprawls over 500 hectares of woodland, olive groves and vineyards, filled with extraordinary fauna and wildlife. The heart of the property includes a heritage listed 19th century villa.
The restoration of Villa Lena commenced in 2013. Interior designer Clarisse Demory revived the living spaces by recycling and restoring some of the existing Tuscan furniture combined with vintage mid century pieces. This eclectic "neo folk" style creates a fresh and uncluttered atmosphere throughout the hotel. Guests can now enjoy accommodation speckled over several residencies, including rooms in converted stables, self-contained apartments, and private houses.

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Head Chef

Tuscany, Italy

Full-time, More than 1 year

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