The family-owned Lockleys hotel is looking for an experienced Executive chef to begin ASAP.

Reporting to the General Manager and working closely with the Manager of Food and Beverage, this role is entrusted with ensuring the smooth and effective operation of the hotel’s culinary operation, managing the day-to-day activities of the kitchen.
The Executive Chef is expected to provide strong support to the team and take customers on a journey of culinary experiences.

Some of the responsibilities include:

· Oversee the food preparation, purchase and selection as well as menu planning in line with the hotel’s culinary standards and strategic objectives.

· Ensure and maintain a high level of kitchen hygiene in line with occupational health and safety regulations.

· Develop and inspire new cooking methods and keep abreast of new developments in food and beverage with a balanced hands-on approach.

· Recruit, select, train and inspire the kitchen team, and assist in developing the next generation of leaders.

· Plan and implement effective learning & development programs for the culinary team.

· Co-ordinate an effective and efficient Payroll Management / Resource allocation through  establishing a flexible work force throughout the culinary team, based on the principles of multi-skilling and multi-tasking.

To be considered for this role the candidate should possess the following:

· Relevant degree in Hospitality Management and advanced culinary certification.

· Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Hotel Executive Chef or similar

· Experience in large / high volume venues.

· A can-do attitude and strong leadership skills.

· Highly motivated, solutions-oriented self-starter with adaptable teamwork style.

· Fine-tuned and inspired cooking skills.

· A passion for cooking is essential.

· Strong financial acumen and effective payroll and cost management.

· Attention to detail is critical.

· A defined and discerning palate.

For more information on this property please visit www.lockleyshotel.com.au

To apply, please forward your current resume with 3 referees, a copy of your Chef’s qualification and a cover letter introducing yourself to adrian@cheffingaround.com.au or ring Adrian Grant on 0401 641 918 for more information.

Good luck!



$65K- $70K



The wonderful Fox and Firkin Hotel, Tea Tree Gully is in need of an experienced Cook or kitchenhand to assist their busy team.

The ideal candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to keep on top of dishes and cleaning,
whilst supporting the kitchen as required.

The role is a full-time salary position with a generous renumeration package.

The successful applicant must be available for opening hours, which is Wednesday through to Sunday with Mondays and Tuesdays off.

They are also closed over the Christmas/New Year period every year.

The right applicant must:

• Have attention to detail

• Have previous kitchen experience, with sound knife skills

• Be hard working and reliable

• Available Wednesday through Sunday each week

• Have previous experience running a commercial dishwasher

• Execute food preparation to a consistent standard

• Understand basic hygiene and hold/ willing to get an up-to-date Food Safety Certificate

• Be able to work effectively under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

• Be able to work efficiently both individually and as a team

For more information on this property please visit www.foxandfirkin.com.au

To apply, please forward your current resume with 3 referees, and a cover letter introducing yourself to adrian@cheffingaround.com.au or ring Adrian Grant on 0401 641 918 for more information.

Good luck!




The wonderful Elephant and Castle hotel, situated on West terrace in Adelaide’s CBD, are looking for a Sous chef for approx.

40-45 hours, over a 7-day roster.

Work for fantastic owners who have over 40 years’ experience in hospitality and really know how to treat their staff!

Skills and experience needed:

A minimum of 2-5 years cooking experience in a commercial kitchen
Formal culinary qualification
The ability to communicate clearly with other managers across the venue.
High food safety standards and commitment to hygiene
A calm and professional personality with a committed and passionate attitude to work

Also, there’s free car parking at rear of hotel.

For more information on this property please visit www.elephantandcastlehotel.com.au

To apply, please forward your current resume with 3 referees, a copy of your Chef’s qualification and a cover letter introducing yourself to adrian@cheffingaround.com.au or ring Adrian Grant on 0401 641 918 for more information.

Good luck!

Cheffing Around, Australia's premier chef employment agency



Cheffing Around PTY LTD. are looking for qualified Chefs who have been a Head Chef with at least 10 years’ post apprenticeship experience, and more importantly, a genuine, punctual, sober and friendly human being!

Our chefs work as a subcontractor, so payment is made directly to you from your client within 7 working days at $52 per hour.

We work right across South Australia, so be prepared to travel and work in some of South Australia’s most beautiful locations with free accommodation and meals supplied.

This job is not for the faint hearted as we value our clients highly, as we have over 473 active clients, and we have made our name by hard work, word of mouth and client satisfaction.

Cheffing Around has been operating successfully for over 16 years, owned and operated by actual Chefs, and we are a LICENSED employment agent with SAFEWORKSA.

If you are looking for a more flexible and exciting workstyle with plenty of travel, then this may be the job for you!

To apply, please forward your resume to adrian@cheffingaround.com.au or ring Adrian on 0401 641 918 for more information!

Good luck!

2024 Price rise

To our amazing Clients,

As of January 1st 2024, our hourly price will be going up from $55.90 per hour to $62 per hour.

We have tried to absorb the cost of living for the last 4 years but as everything from insurance to petrol costs have gone up, we had no choice to put up our prices.

Thank you so much for your patronage and understanding!





Restaurants, pubs and hotels face many challenges when it comes to staff recruitment and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Here are some excellent tips on how to recruit employees for your kitchens:

Don’t advertise with multiply recruitment agencies and every social media platform.

Advertise with 1 reputable licensed recruitment agency and 1 social media platform.

Chefs looking for work see your advert everywhere and wonder why no-one else wants the job and they usually avoid applying.

Reduce High Employee Turnover

Many restaurants struggle with high turnover, and it is important to take steps to improve staff retention from the very start of the recruitment process.
Ensure that you only employ staff with a solid history of longevity in their previous employment or reach out to a recruitment agency to help with this process.
In some areas, the high turnover can be seasonal when restaurants recruit workers for the prime seasons.

Identify “Unique Selling Points” To Attract The Best Staff

When considering how to recruit restaurant staff, identify and promote the USPs of your business.
It could be anything from offering higher rates of pay, free meals, childcare provisions, reward schemes
for high-performance employees or any other scheme that sets your business apart from your competitors.
Also, consider the image of your restaurant you want to present, so employees can get a true picture of the business.

Get Support With Recruitment

In a post-pandemic world, restaurants are likely to be overwhelmed with applications or none at all.
A trusted restaurant recruitment agency can help to ensure that you have access to only the best talent when recruiting for restaurants and will give you support when processing the applications.
This can take the stress out of the hiring process and ensure you do not waste time and resources on unsuitable candidates.

Be Realistic

Give a candid overview to both applicants and the recruitment agency about what to expect from the job roles.
Be honest and open about working hours, remuneration, benefits and responsibilities.
This will encourage the most suitable candidates to apply and ultimately reduce turnover.

Consider Training Opportunities

If you are offering training to new employees, be clear about the levels of training being provided.
If you have lower resources or are less inclined to provide a high level of training,
make sure this is explained to the more experienced candidates at the beginning of the recruitment process.
Remember, the amount of training you wish to provide to new employees will be the determining factor in the level of experience that you require.

Apprentice Chefs

There’s hardly any good chefs available at the moment because chef apprenticeships have been neglected for the last 15 years. If you haven’t placed any apprentices in your restaurant in the last 10 years, don’t complain because your part of the problem.
Sorry but its true, so another route to fill your vacancies is to start advertising for chef apprentices and really nurturing them through the 4 years because its tough and now more than ever, you need to look after these apprentices like they are part of your family not a commodity that gets thrown away when times are tough!

Please call Adrian on 0401641918 or email adrian@cheffingaround.com.au for help with staff recruitment.

Orange Mud Cake


Cakes for special occasions can be quite expensive.Looking for a cake recipe to make for a special occasion for approximately 40 people?
This recipe is perfect for such occasion. you can change the citrus to your preferred flavor. IE Lemon, Lime, Combination.

18 flat teaspoons of grated orange rind
875gm unsalted butter
450 gm of white chocolate
5 cups of caster sugar
3 tsp of vanilla essence
2 tsp of natural orange essence
3.75 cups of milk
7 large eggs
5 cups of plain flour
1.75 cups of self raising flour


900gms of white chocolate
10 flat teaspoons of orange rind
1 tsp of natural orange essence
1.5 cups of sour cream

2 cups of toasted threaded coconut for sides.
1 cup of triple sec liquor.
Decorations IE, Ribbon, Flowers,Candles,Cake board ETC

Baking/Roasting/cake dish 29cm x 38cm


1.Preheat oven to 160C or 140C if using a fan forced oven.
2.Grease dish and line base and sides with 2 layers of baking paper
3.Combine orange zest,butter,chocolate,sugar,vanilla/orange essences and milk in a saucepan over low heat.Stir until smooth and transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
4.Beat eggs together until smooth and add to mixture and mix well.
5.Add sifted plain flour and self raising flour and stir to combine well and then pour into prepared cake dish.
6.Bake for 2 hours or until a skewer comes out clean.
7.Stand in cake for as long as possible before decoration.

8.To make ganache,place chocolate, orange rind and sour cream in a heatproof bowl over simmering water and gentle stir for 5 minutes until smooth.Remove from heat.
9. Refrigerate for 30 minutes of thick enough to spread over cake.
10. Cut cake length ways carefully into 3 equal slabs,Use a piece of grease-proof paper to slide between layers to remove and reset.
11. Soak cake layers with even liberal splashes of Triple sec liquor to add moisture.
12.Spread ganache to approx 5mm layer, and lay next layer of cake on the ganache and repeat layer of ganache to 5 mm thick.
13. Place top layer of cake of that layer of ganache and spread ganache on top and sides evenly making sure you use a hot palette knife to smooth the top icing nice and smooth with no ripples.
14.Gently push cold toasted threaded coconut into icing on sides making sure there is no gaps.Refrigerate.
Will keep for up to 3 days but for best results, serve within 24 hours of decorating.



Lost my Lemon Delicious recipe recently and had to test a few recipes out to match my old recipe.

One of the easiest dessert recipes to make and perfect to make with the kids.

Served either hot or cold this recipe is sure to be a hit with family or friends.Best served with whipped cream or ice-cream.

Keeps for 3 to 4 days in the fridge after baking.




150g unsalted butter, melted
Finely grated lemon rind from 2 medium sized lemons (360gms approx)
Juice from 2 lemons
1.5 cups caster sugar
3/4 cup self-raising flour, sifted
1.5 cups milk
4 eggs, separated


1.Preheat oven to 180°C/ Grease six 1 cup-capacity ovenproof dishes with butter.

2 Place butter, lemon rind, lemon juice, sugar, flour, milk and egg yolks in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

3.Using an electric mixer, beat egg-whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Using a metal spoon, fold one-quarter of the egg white into lemon mixture. Gently fold in remaining egg white.

4.Spoon mixture into prepared dishes. Place dishes in a large baking dish. Pour boiling water into baking dish until halfway up sides of smaller dishes. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and just set.Leave to cool in pan for 30 minutes before removing from ovenproof dishes.

Dust with icing sugar. Serve.

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