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Lead Chef

CERES Community Environment Park

CERES is seeking a creative Lead Chef who loves working with local, organic and seasonal wholefoods to help us reimagine the Merri Café.

  • Permanent part time position with excellent working conditions and daytime hours
  • Opportunity to evolve the business and have genuine input into its direction
  • Bring your understanding of sustainable seasonal food to our unique location and vibrant community


CERES Community Environment Park is an award‐winning, not-for‐profit, environment park and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Once a landfill site and wasteland, today CERES is a thriving, vibrant community. With over 450,000 visitors a year, CERES is the most visited environmental centre in Australia.

About CERES Merri Café

The Merri Cafe creates delicious, abundant and seasonal food that inspires people to think about their own food choices.

Serving a changing menu of local, organic, seasonal and plant based wholefoods in a welcoming and casual space, The Merri Café is a licensed restaurant open 7 days a week (9am – 3pm) providing a lunch and catering service to the CERES visitors and community. All of the food and drinks served are organic, local, and seasonal, with the menu showcasing the best of Victorian produce.

What we are looking for

We are seeking a hospitality professional with at least three years’ industry experience in a similar fast paced environment. Drawing on your operational experience and staff supervision skills you will lead and mentor your team to deliver delicious seasonal food with consistently high standards of service and productivity.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to develop the role and make it your own
  • An excellent team of passionate and experienced individuals to work with
  • A unique location with strong links to sustainability and community

Apply now!

Please visit our website at ceres.org.au/about/careers to view the full position description. Applications must be submitted via our website and should include the following as one document:

  1. A cover letter addressed to Melissa Lawson, Food Systems and Engagement Director.
  2. A current CV

Interviews will be held on Friday 17th July 2020. Position will commence in early August 2020.

CERES is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people, people with disability and others who have diverse experiences of our world to apply for this opportunity. CERES believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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