Job Title: Chef: Australian Ambassador’s Household
Location: Brussels
Contract: For the term of the Australian Ambassador’s posting in Brussels
Variable Weekly Working Time: Average of 38 hours per week
Salary: Negotiable

About the Position

The Australian Ambassador designate to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO is seeking a suitably qualified and creative person to fill the position of Chef at the official residence. This role is critical in promoting Australia and its food culture and the successful candidate must have a strong background in creating and preparing modern Australian cuisine.
Under limited direction, the successful candidate acts as Chef at the Australian Embassy official residence by coordinating the kitchen and related purchasing logistics, menu planning and preparing well-presented food in a professional and timely manner. In addition to food preparation, the Chef will be active in sourcing food and overseeing food-related event preparation. The ability to work closely and effectively within a small team, while also taking account of applicable COVID regulations is essential. Weekly working hours will be variable and a great deal of flexibility will therefore be required.


 Develop menus and prepare catering for receptions, events (such as dinners and luncheons) and official visitors in accordance with relevant dietary requirements, ingredient themes and financial scopes ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene standards.
 Manage food and beverage stock and purchasing.
 Ensure accurate and complete records of expenditure and guest lists are accurately maintained.
 Ensure that the commercial kitchen at the residence is maintained to a high standard.
 Supervise casual staff during official functions.
 Ensure all kitchen appliances are in good working order and bring to the attention of the Ambassador’s assistant at the Embassy any repair and maintenance problems.
 Engage with Embassy staff to ensure seamless and efficient service at the residence.
Essential requirements

 Recent experience working as a Sous-Chef or Chef in a restaurant, hotel, diplomatic mission, or similar service environment in the Food & Beverage industry.
 Experience in creating menus, producing meals for table service and with meal preparation for large events of at least 10 guests.
 Sound understanding of modern Australian cuisine, Australian food trends and cultural sensitivities of the diplomatic and broader international community.
 Proficient across a broad range of culinary skills, with knowledge of different cuisines (in addition to showcasing Australian trends), specialty ingredients, baking and patisserie.
 Creative, innovate, flexible and self-sufficient with ability to work in a small team.
 Native English speaker (desirable). A working knowledge of English is required.
 Understanding of diplomatic protocols (desirable).
 Candidates must have, or be able to obtain, the right to work in Belgium.
Interested individuals should send a CV and supporting statement in English detailing relevant skills and experience to the following email address: by Wednesday 17 November.