University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Chef de Partie - Customs House



  • Patina at Customs House

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • 17% superannuation contributions and 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Based at the heart of Brisbane City

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic Chef de Partie to join our culinary team at Patina at Customs House. The role is to leads the kitchen team for Patina at Customs House and assisting the Executive and Sous Chef in maintaining the high culinary standards and menu development.

    Patina at Customs House is a modern and contemporary restaurant offering relaxed dining with an emphasis on paddock to plate philosophy, Patina offers a unique shared dining experience overlooking the Brisbane River. the restaurant is located within Customs House which is one of Brisbane's heritage icons also includes private event spaces and the kitchen will cater to events both on and offsite.

    Staff are required to fulfil 38 hours per week across a seven day roster including weekends and evenings.

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Production of all foods within Customs House maintaining high standards

  • Involvement in menu planning and implementation and adherence to recipes

  • General kitchen duties, including maintenance of a hygienic and tidy work area; responsible use of all kitchen equipment and maintenance of mis en place for restaurant and functions

  • Supervision, training and motivation of junior staff

  • Assisting the Executive Chef and Sous Chefs with the day to day activities of Customs House as required

  • Assistance with stocktaking, cost control, stock, produce and food ordering

  • Maintenance of the store and fridges in a clean and tidy manner and reporting issues to the senior chef

  • Ensuring compliance of the Customs House Approved Food Safety Program

  • Receiving of goods, recording temperatures, stock storage and stock rotation, recording of cold room and fridge temperatures

  • Following all requirements in maintaining the Food Safety Plan

  • This is a Full-time, Fixed-term position up to 2 years. At Cook Grade 5 Load Rate. The full-time equivalent base salary will be $68,089 plus super of up to 17%. The total package including superannuation will be $79,665.

    About You

    The successful applicant will need to maintain a high level of culinary service, have a positive attitude and be a dedicated, professional team member with commitment and motivation. Three years' experience in a similar role is essential.

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in the role of sous chef/demi chef in a similar establishment as well as experience in staff supervision and training

  • Completion of apprenticeship in cookery

  • Current BCC Food Safety Supervisor Certificate

  • Strong knowledge of the production of a la carte and banquet foods

  • Good knowledge of all kitchen procedures and operations

  • A genuine interest in and knowledge of food and current trends

  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills

  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of workplace, health and safety procedures in a kitchen

  • Knowledge of HACCP and BCC procedures in regard to food, health and safety procedures

  • A positive attitude and customer driven focus

  • High standard of personal cleanliness

  • A commitment to excellence of product and service

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    To discuss this role please contact Mr John Offenhauser at [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must supply the following document:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form.

    Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close 6 December 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-32685).

    Job details


    Chef de Partie - Customs House


    University of Queensland




    November 21, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 06, 2023

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Business and Economics,Medicine

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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