Cook/Chef

Wooleen is located north-east of Perth in the outback and is an award-winning hosted tourism business. We use tourism as a way to support our radical landcare project. We firmly believe that tourism should help nurture conservation and rehabilitation of our natural and cultural heritage. As the cook/chef at Wooleen you will also be directly engaged with this goal.

The hosted homestead stays are a true experience and insight into station life as owners and hosts, David and Frances, live in house along with their guests. An average of 10 guests are taken in to ensure they receive a high-quality personalised service.

All meals are supplied during a guest stay in the homestead. Dinner is served in the formal dining room and breakfast and lunch are served in a less formal setting in the kitchen. Frances and David eat with their guests – ensuring they get to understand all the nuts and bolts of a working station and the environmental project they have embarked upon. Meals and use of the homestead are exclusive to those who book the house to assure a personalised stay. Previous employees have summarised this as 'hosting a large dinner party every night'.

We offer a set menu, taking into account dietary requirements.

On a daily basis our guests are offered:

  • Continental and cooked to order breakfast
  • Lunch buffet including salad items and homemade bread + wholesome salad options (examples: quinoa, couscous, lentil, freekah etc) or winter soup
  • Sweet or savoury options for afternoon tea
  • Pre-dinner grazing board (rotating: cheese and meats, dips, bruschetta etc prepared by all-rounder staff)
  • Main meal and a dessert

From 2008 - 2017, Frances prepared and severed the meals in the homestead. However, in 2018 we ventured out in an attempt to ‘up the ante’ of the experience we offer, and allow management to focus on growing the property in other areas. This was a large success for Wooleen and we'd like to continue this for the future.

Wooleen offers a unique opportunity to engage with home-grown food including:

  • Beef grown on the station (but processed in town),
  • Eggs from our chickens
  • Vegetables from the kitchen garden
  • Homemade bread (either in a bread maker or sourdough if your skills are able)

The successful applicant must:

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan a weekly menu and place orders via online website.
  • Be able to cope with remoteness (the supermarket/suppliers are 300kms away)
  • Cook ‘home-style’ meals with a professional and contemporary twist
  • Embrace rich, wholesome, homemade, foods
  • Be able to cater for vegetarian, vegan, coeliac, lactose intolerant and low sugar diets when requested
  • High standards of hygiene and cleanliness. Understanding of housekeeping routines and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to cook in an open setting. Guests are able to wander into the kitchen and chat with you. This is a 'home-style' setting.
  • Organised and methodical
  • Ability to engage with customers in a genuine and meaningful way.
  • PASSION for food
  • Have an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Be up for an adventure and spontaneity
  • Be able to cook for the whole station: customers and staff (only 1 meal option required for all unless dietary requirements) averaging between 15-20 a day.
  • Be able to cook once a month for a large bus group of 22 passengers plus staff over 3 days.
  • Double vaccination of a TGA‑approved vaccination PLUS booster OR a valid vaccination exemption (Government mandate)

This Station is open from April to October each year. July, August and September are busy months running at full occupancy.

As part of your remuneration package, Wooleen will supply ALL meals, amenities, uniforms and accommodation (including linen and towels). A weekly 20GB WIFI and alcohol allowance is included. No access to mobile reception for over 200kms.  Closest town 200kms.

Our opportunity offers a one-off chance to live a unique lifestyle and be part of our goal for sustainable production.

Preferably non-smoking, no pets and no dietary requirements.

EOI: To become part of our team, send detailed information about yourself and a resume to frances@wooleen.com.au

We're proud to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Wajarri Yamatiji people, in which we live and work. We recognise and respect the enduring relationship they have with their lands and water, and pay our respects to Elders, past and present.

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