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Executive Chef

Posted February 22, 2021

Hilton Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

About This Job


Our team members are changing the world one stay at a time. They’re engaged and recognized in many ways for showcasing their talents. When you join Hilton Auckland, you’re not just joining one of Auckland’s finest luxury hotels. With over 500 hotels and resorts across 6 continents and more than 100 countries, you’ll be joining one of the most well-known hotel brands in the world.


In your role as Executive Chef, you will be responsible for developing the reputation of the hotel through the production of excellent quality food throughout the hotel, and the development of a high quality kitchen team, whilst setting the highest standards of food hygiene. Our Executive Chef will oversee the operational management of the Conference & Events space, Bellini Bar, FISH restaurant and In Room Dining.


Duties / Responsibilities:


  • Lead the kitchen brigade and ensure ongoing development of Team Members

  • Identify an effective approach to succession planning

  • Create menus that meet and exceed customers' needs and conform to brand standards

  • Ensure the consistent production of high quality food through all hotel food outlets

  • Develop positive customer relations through proactive interaction with Guests, Team Members, contractors, and suppliers

  • Resolve, promptly and completely, any issues that may arise in the kitchen or related areas among Guests and Team Members

  • Manage department operations, including budgeting, forecasting, resource planning, and waste management

  • Manage all aspects of the kitchen including operational, quality and administrative functions

  • Actively seek verbal feedback from customers on a regular basis and respond to all guest queries in a timely and efficient manner

  • Ensure adequate resources are available according to business needs

  • Manage the provision of food to Food and Beverage outlets and take action where necessary to ensure compliance with current legislation

  • Control costs without compromising standards, improving gross profit margins and other departmental and financial targets

  • Ensure team members have an up-to-date knowledge of menu items, special promotions, functions and events

  • Maintain good communication and work relationships in all hotel areas

  • Ensure that staffing levels are maintained to cover business demands

  • Ensure monthly communication meetings are conducted and post-meeting minutes generated

  • Manage staff performance issues in compliance with company policies and procedures

  • Recruit, manage, train and develop the kitchen team

  • Comply with hotel security, fire regulations and all health and safety and food safety legislation

  • Ensure maintenance, hygiene and hazard issues are dealt with in a timely manner

  • Manage financial performance of the department so all planning is in line with hotel objectives

  • Regular review of all menus with Food and Beverage leadership team to confirm offerings are in line with market trends

  • Be environmentally aware

  • Ensure food wastage program is adhered to so that margins are on target

  • Responsible for ensuring that the monthly working schedules are made and maintained in accordance with local legislation


What are we looking for?


An Executive Chef serving Hilton brands is always working on behalf of our Guests and working with other Team Members. To successfully fill this role, you should maintain the attitude, behaviours, skills, and values that follow:


  • Previous, relevant experience as an Executive Chef or a high-performing Sous Chef in a first class property, required

  • MUST have experience working in a high quality restaurant

  • Excellent leadership skills

  • A creative approach to the production of high quality food

  • A business focused approach to managing a hotel kitchen

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to build relationships, internal and external, to the hotel and the Company

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines

  • A current, valid, and relevant trade qualification (proof may be required)

  • MUST be eligible to work in New Zealand


It would be advantageous in this position for you to demonstrate the following capabilities and distinctions:

  • A certification in management

  • Proficiency with computers and computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook


What will it be like to work for Hilton?


Hilton is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For nearly a century, Hilton has offered business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. Hilton is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Our vision “to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality” unites us as a team to create remarkable hospitality experiences around the world every day.  And, our amazing Team Members are at the heart of it all!









About this Employer

Hilton Auckland

Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand


165 Room Hotel

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At A Glance

Sleek rooms, gorgeous views, the perfect location - have it all at Hilton Auckland. Our waterfront hotel has sundecks, private balconies and walls of windows for views of the harbour you won't find anywhere else. We're a quick walk from the central business district and Quay Street restaurants, shops and nightlife. Our 24-hour concierge team is happy to set up sightseeing tours during your stay.

  • 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winner
  • Nautical-style hotel in Princes Wharf set 300 m out to sea
  • FISH Restaurant - unforgettable seafood served with unbeatable views
  • Outdoor lap pool with underwater viewing window of the harbour
  • Fitness center with windows and balcony overlooking the city
  • 25 minutes from Auckland Airport (AKL)