Head Chef | New Restaurant South Yarra


Day & Night.
The scene is set.
For a new kind of South Yarra story.

Opening in November 2023, award-winning Darling Group is launching a brand new restaurant and bar concept located in the heart of South Yarra’s reinvigorated station precinct, an expansive site purpose built for food and fun, drawing inspiration from the Japanese Izakaya concept, we can promise a unique and addicting experience, dedicated to creating exceptional modern Asian-inspired dishes. Be a part of the opening team of this exciting and unparalleled dining experience.


About Darling Group:

Darling Group is a leading Melbourne-based hospitality company that develops, owns and operates many of Australia’s most recognised and acclaimed hospitality venues including Top Paddock, Higher Ground, Darling Cafe, The Kettle Black, Dundas & Faussett, Bambu Asian Eating House, Stringers Sorrento and The Terrace at Royal Botanic Gardens. Our forward thinking philosophy creates world-class hospitality brands, all with a focus on service, design, innovation and experience. We have a commitment to creating new and exciting experiences across Melbourne and Australia within the next few years.


About the role:

As the Head Chef of our exciting new dining concept you will play a pivotal role in bringing our culinary vision to life. You will have the opportunity to be part of the pre-opening team and help shape the culture and success from day one. Operating within a state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant, you will lead the back of house team and oversee kitchen operations, menu development, and financial aspects, all while fostering a positive work culture.


Experience & Skills:

  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience as a Head Chef or Executive Chef in a high-quality restaurant with a focus on Asian/Japanese cuisine.
  • Expertise in Asian cooking techniques, flavours, and ingredients including sashimi and sushi preparation.
  • Creative and innovative approach to menu development and food presentation using traditional and modern cooking techniques.
  • Strong leadership, training, and development skills.
  • Experience leading a brigade of 10+ staff of all levels.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Knowledge of food safety regulations and best practices.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Adaptable to change.
  • Exposure to financial budgets, food and labour costs.
  • Understanding of stock control & ordering processes.
  • Able and willing to work shift work, including weekends and public holidays.
  • Pre-opening experience is highly desirable.
  • Culinary degree or equivalent experience preferred.



  • Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
  • Be part of an exciting pre-opening team and play a pivotal role in shaping our success.
  • Opportunity to lead a dynamic kitchen team in our brand-new, state-of-the-art kitchen.
  • Career growth opportunities within our expanding group.


Apply now:

If you are a passionate and experienced Head Chef with a deep love for Asian cuisine and you’re ready to take on the challenge, we want to hear from you.

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