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At The Royal Portfolio we are passionate about our guest experience. Our Purpose is ''To give our guests a complete experience and a perfect stay."

In order to achieve our Purpose we seek to employ exceptional individuals whose personalities reflect our Purpose & Values.

We hire for attitude and train for skill. We believe passionately in investing in our people and in helping them to develop long and prosperous careers with The Royal Portfolio as the group goes from strength to strength and continues to invest in the right opportunities within the luxury travel market.

More than 50% of our team have been with The Royal Portfolio for over 5 years and a great deal of those from the very beginning when Liz and Phil Biden started The Royal Portfolio in 1999. The Royal Portfolio promises a rich, diverse and rewarding career in some of Southern Africa’s most breathtaking environments.

Positions currently available at The Royal Portfolio

The Royal Portfolio, and our properties, The Silo Hotel, Royal Malewane, La Residence and Birkenhead House, are currently looking to fill the following key positions. If you believe you would be a good fit for our company (you have the necessary experience, skills and the right attitude), then please apply below.

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Job Title
Head Chef | The Lodge at Royal Malewane
Employment Type
Full Time
6 to 10 years
Job Published
10 June 2022
Job Reference No.

Job Description

The Head Chef at The Lodge at Royal Malewane ensures that all Kitchen personnel are working as a team in order to achieve the purpose of the company, which is “to give our guests a complete experience and a perfect stay”. The Head Chef oversees and directs all aspects of Kitchen Operations, to ensure that all hotel and guest requirements are met and kept at the highest standards of The Royal Portfolio.



  • Guest Satisfaction – ensure consistently high level of positive customer reviews/ comments
  • Overall management of the Kitchen Department operations, budgets and targets – ensure cost and wastage targets are met, if not exceeded and health & safety audits are always passed
  • Uphold all Kitchen systems, standards, hygiene and service to the highest level.
  • Implementation and training on new menus, presentation and standards
  • Manage all Kitchen staff daily in terms of work allocation, performance, standards, disciplinaries, rosters, leave, skills development and training.
  • Be a confident delegator, an excellent leader and coach
  • Must understand and live the Purpose and Value Statement of The Royal Portfolio



  • Tertiary qualification from a recognised, accredited Chef School
  • At least 2 years’ previous experience as Head Chef, Executive Sous Chef or Senior Sous Chef required
  • Experience in a 5* Hotel Kitchen essential
  • Experience working in a Lodge environment a distinct advantage
  • Computer literate, including Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Knowledge of HACCP, Hygiene, Health & Safety standards and best practices
  • International travel an advantage
  • Awareness of international food trends

It is important that the candidate is able to work as part of a team and is a good cultural fit for The Royal Portfolio.

South African citizenship is advantageous. A valid work permit is essential if you are not in possession of a South African ID document.

All new appointments at The Royal Portfolio’s properties will need to show proof of vaccination against Covid 19.

It is a requirement of the Thornybush Nature Reserve is that all staff undergo a pre-employment polygraph test.