Director of Culinary | Rose Wood

February 7, 2024

Job Description

This is an exciting new opportunity within Rosewood Hotels in New Zealand. This position will oversee the Culinary program of our three luxury properties – Rosewood Cape Kidnappers, Rosewood Kauri Cliffs and Rosewood Matakauri.

Rosewood Hotels is globally renowned for its strong, modern, and differentiated brands, a focus on design and innovation, and a commitment to a very bespoke and personal approach to hospitality.

This position will be based at Rosewood Kauri Cliffs.   Located on the spectacular untouched coastline of Northland, with its panoramic views across the Pacific Ocean, nearby islands and stunning private beaches from the luxury coastal resort. High cliffs and rolling farmland are complemented by the award-winning manicured greens of the championship golf course, promising an unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.

About the Role:

A rare opportunity has become available to drive our dynamic culinary operation across all three properties. Reporting to the Managing Director, you will have a pivotal role in maximizing employee productivity, ensuring profitable operations, delivering on our brand promise and upholding the highest standards in safety and cleanliness. This is a hands-on position. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivers the brand promise and provide exceptional culinary experiences
  • Leads and mentors the Kitchen teams and create a collaborative culture based on mutual respect and trust
  • Reviews, implements and maintains operational standards; maximising efficiency and delivery of the highest standards of service
  • Seeks to improve productivity; strategically plans resourcing and offerings with all considerations (financial and guest experience) in mind
  • Procures local, fresh products for menus which offer the guests seasonal variety
  • Is responsible for financial management including budgeting, ordering and stock takes with accuracy and efficiency
  • Reviews menus, analyses recipes, determines food, labour, overhead costs and assigns prices to menu items. Directs food apportionment policy to control costs.
  • Supervises cooking and other kitchen personnel and coordinates their assignments to ensure economical and timely food production.
  • Liaises with the other departments in the hotels on a daily basis to ensure smooth operations
  • Coaches Senior Chefs in the performance of their duties in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Focuses on the Associate dining experience
  • Demonstrates and reinforces Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ Values and Culture Characteristics.

About You:

The Director of Culinary will be a seasoned professional who is responsible for ensuring the utmost satisfaction for our guests at our 3 properties. The successful candidate will have: 

  • Previous, relevant experience as an Executive Chef within a 5-star or luxury hotel environment
  • Proven record of managing, training, motivating and developing a team
  • A creative approach to the production of high quality food
  • A strategic and business focused approach 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to build effective relationships, internal and external
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • A visible passion for service delivery and hospitality
  • Relevant culinary and management qualifications
  • A commitment to high standards and food quality
  • Ability to drive and inspire teams; both immediate and remotely 
  • Administrative management experience and sound financial acumen
  • Committed to the highest standards of food hygiene and workplace health & safety
  • A high degree of professionalism

Core to the success of the individual in this role is that their personal values are aligned with those of Rosewood Hotels: Ownership, Passionate, Transparent, Innovative and Collaborative. 

What We Offer:

At Rosewood  we believe in fostering a culture of learning and development, providing you with the resources to thrive in your career.

We offer competitive remuneration and access to our Staff Perks Programme with a wide range of discounts and deals with our suppliers and partners.  

Due to our beautiful remote location, you will need to have your own reliable transport, and a valid working visa or work rights to apply.

If you wish to apply for this role and have the attributes above, we’d love to hear from you.