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Catering Social Enterprise - Head Chef

House of Welcome

The House of Welcome (HoW) is a project of Saint Francis Social Services. It provides essential wrap-around casework services, transitional and mid-term housing, community integration and other empowerment programs for community-based refugees and people seeking asylum.

The House of Welcome Catering is a social enterprise that uses the power of food to connect communities and to empower people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds to participate in employment opportunities and pathways.

Position Description

We are seeking an experienced, self-motivated, and passionate individual to join our small, but growing and dynamic team. Over the last three years the program has grown from a small ad hoc cooking operation into a thriving business that is in high demand throughout Sydney.

The business has built up an impressive list of repeat clients from blue-chip companies to local government; HoW Catering also provides services for private events including weddings and other celebrations.


  • Passionate and ambitious, taking pride in their work.
  • Team oriented with ability to involve client cooks with creating menu items.
  • Able to mentor client cooks from vulnerable and multi-cultural backgrounds.
  • Be financially astute.
  • Possess strong time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of client cooks from amongst our clients (people seeking asylum) and to prepare them for further employment.
  • Mentor and inspire the kitchen team from a variety of international backgrounds, exposing them to different food cultures and encouraging them to share their own foods.
  • Ensure food standards, preparation, presentation, and cooking techniques meet the highest quality standard.
  • Strong understanding and application of cost and quality control.
  • Create menu items by applying menu engineering.
  • Develop and cost new menu items whilst remaining competitive in the sector.
  • Refine existing signature dishes as required.
  • Source and maintain relationships with suppliers with the aim to minimise cost of goods.
  • Ensure the health and safety of the work site through compliance with OH&S standards, including keeping records of the House of Welcome HACCP plan.
  • To maintain all necessary documentation and paperwork, including rosters, recipes and related costings and correspondence.
  • Maintain best practice in accordance with SFSS policies and procedures.
  • Protect the confidentiality and privacy of clients and clients’ records.

Position Criteria

  • Minimum of five years hospitality experience, preferably in catering.
  • Demonstrated menu planning and implementation experience to deliver quality products consistently.
  • Ability to lead a team and create a positive working environment.
  • Experience in workforce planning, scheduling & supervision.
  • Experience in cost control and menu engineering.
  • Have an understanding dealing with different dietary and cultural requirements.
  • Knowledge of safe food handling & all kitchen operations.
  • Process driven to ensure policies and procedures are met, to a high standard always.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills across a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work sensitively in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment.
  • Full Australian driver’s licence.

For further information please contact Miriam Pellicano on (02) 9727 9290 or m.pellicano@houseofwelcome.com.au, using the subject line: Catering Social Enterprise - Head Chef enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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