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Come and work with us in Wentworth Falls!

Being part of our crew is a rare opportunity to be part of something amazing. Keep scrolling for current positions available at Happy Buddha Retreats, Blue Mountains.

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RETREAT CHEF | Specialising in Vegan banquet style meals | Full-time



The purpose of Happy Buddha Retreats is to hold space for people to take time-out, feel lighter and gain clarity. It’s all about ‘getting your happy back!’!

Our nourishing vegan & gluten free food is a key part of the guest experience.

As the Retreat Chef you will be responsible for preparing banquet-style meals for anywhere between 25 and 50 people. Your kitchen crew will be friendly & helpful volunteers (who are staying with us as work exchange participants).

About the role:
We’re looking for a motivated and creative chef who is experienced with vegan, gluten free and all-round healthy food.

You’ll be responsible for:
– Ordering and stock management
– Being creative and inventive with vegan, gluten free (and other dietary requirements such as fodmap)
– Ability to happily lead volunteers in the kitchen
– Controlling food and labour costs
– Creating exciting and delicious new menus each week and being mindful about food waste and seasonal produce

About you:
It is highly desirable if you have an appreciation for a retreat space (especially silent retreats, and working in an open kitchen). A basic understanding or appreciation of yoga, meditation and mindfulness (and also a quiet way of working and welcoming attitude) is important to us as you’ll be a key part of our retreat crew. The ideal candidate is open & friendly and would enjoy interacting with guests ~ and even introducing the food at mealtimes.

We also require:
– Experience & passion for vegan and gluten free food
– 2 to 3 years experience working as a chef
– Available to work a mix of days including weekends
– Full working rights in Australia
– You to be living in the Blue Mountains with your own transport
– Relevant trade qualifications (Cert III or similar)
– Hold a current food safety certificate
– Strong time management skills and meticulous attention to detail
– Excellent communication skills and a gentle approach to guests and volunteers

How to apply:
If this opportunity inspires you, apply for Retreat Chef by sending your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

If you’re currently working, please let us know how much notice you are required to give.

Sorry, we will only be contacting successful applicants.

(posted 30/1/23)