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Chef (Japanese Cuisine)

Australia’s largest inflight caterer, we are chosen by many of the world’s airlines for our fresh award-winning meals and outstanding service.


With a geographically diverse footprint, we employ over 4,000 people across 9 cities, produce over 64 million meals and service over 246 thousand flights each year.


Offering a suite of services, we are more than an inflight caterer.  We also manage buy-on-board catering programs, provide inflight retail solutions, operate airport lounges and provide readymade meal manufacturing for export, airline and non-airline markets.


Parent company dnata - part of the Emirates Group – is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 127 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and inflight catering services in 85 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 270 airline customers around the world.


The Opportunity


We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Chef to join our busy catering unit in Sydney Airport (South facility) on a full-time basis.


Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation of traditional Japanese cuisine (commercial quantities)
  • Multi-skilled and works in all areas of food production dependent on production requirements.
  • Ensures the cooking/prepping of only the required amount of product as per the QAD system.
  • Ensures correct stock rotation is adhered to, ensuring minimal/no product wastage.
  • Prioritizes and manages workload to meet cold soak requirements and pickup times.
  • Responsible for the preparation of complex, and exotic dishes to specification.
  • Provides feedback regarding shortfalls in production process to improve process and exceed customer service expectations.
  • Supervises and trains kitchen staff when required.
  • Performs general and specialised duties.
  • Performs activities working to passenger load requirements and current customer specification.
  • Participates in Customer menu development and presentation.
  • Records information as required, including apprentice logbooks, record books and quality assurance records.
  • Complies with hygiene, safety, quality, customer service, right first time and performance standards
  • Complies with all dnata Food Safety requirements including Personal Hygiene, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Food handling and Storage Requirements.
  • Complies with Customer and Legislative HACCP requirements

Selection Criteria

  • Experience in Traditional and Modern Japanese and Asian Cuisine.
  • Recognised formal trade qualifications in Commercial Cookery.
  • A strong customer service focus for both the internal and external customers is essential.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing / production line environment.
  • Previous shift working experience (preferably 7-day shift work) is essential. Demonstrate flexibility in regards to working on a 7 day roster including weekends and public holidays.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to work as a participating team member.
  • Knowledge of ISO 22000 Quality/ HACCP principles desirable.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive pay rates
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Company benefits and incentives, including 5-weeks annual leave for full-time employees
  • Supportive and friendly team environment

If you would like to apply for this role please apply via

Please include a cover letter addressing the selection criteria as the first page of your resume.


We welcome applications from candidates across all states. The successful candidate is responsible for covering her / his own relocation expenses.


We thank all applicants in advance as only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. No applications from recruitment agencies will be accepted.

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