• Dolomiti Italiano at Alpine Retreat (map)
  • 48 Stirling Road
  • Mount Buller, VIC, 3723
  • Australia

Head Chef

A great opportunity for a fully qualified Head Chef who wants to make their mark on a niche food scene and deliver a quality Italian—Australian Alpine dining experience to our hotel guests and the wider Mt Buller community. We need someone who will lead the kitchen team in designing and serving a varying menu to a discerning clientele 7 nights a week for the whole of the winter season, paying special attention to providing a strong mix of Australian classics and Italian alpine specialities to deliver a truly unique snow experience. The right person will find plenty of opportunity to spend time on the slopes of this iconic Australian ski resort, as long as they are able to nail the balance between the work hard/play hard lifestyle that a seasonal business requires and the quality that our diners demand.


  • Must have experience in varied food services
  • Past experience working in remote locations would be of benefit


The role will require leading our small kitchen team in menu planning and liaising with suppliers, our restaurant Maitre D’ and Bar Manager to ensure our guests receive top quality food and service throughout the season. You must able to work legally in Australia for a minimum of 4 months, starting on the 1st June. You must be qualified with at least 2 years in a lead role or similar, have excellent communication skills and a flexible attitude to work. You must be a team player with little ego and be able to demonstrate a hands-on approach to running the kitchen. An even temperament, easy-going and fun-loving person is preferred to fit in with our young and enthusiastic team.

Shifts will include dinner service plus possible breakfasts with prep time and ordering. Service is mostly a la carte, however we also accommodate school groups from time to time who will need to be catered for en masse (max 60) each night during their stay outside of the standard restaurant opening hours.

Key Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Running and managing the commercial kitchen
  • Preparing, cooking and plating menu items on time and to the required level of presentation
  • Stock control
  • Ensuring health and safety regulations are adhered to
  • Kitchen / work station cleaning
  • Kitchen recruitment
  • Managing and training staff members
  • Planning and costing menus

We are particularly interested in recruiting someone with the passion and drive to make the kitchen their own. The possibility of ongoing seasonal work is available. Please note that this job will involve working mostly evenings and nights. Applicants must hold a valid Australian work visa and be available to work the whole winter season from the 1st June until the end of September. On snow accommodation is included in the remuneration package.