Website Orama Christian Trust

Orama is a dynamic Christian community based in a stunningly beautiful bay on Great Barrier Island and has a vibrant history of restoring and equipping people for life’s journey. Every year more than 2500 visitors come to enjoy a holiday, an adventure, a spiritual retreat or a training school at Orama.

Orama also partner with the Hillary Outdoor Education Centre and their staff and clientele form a major client group. along with the Fatherheart international Christian organisation.

Are you able to be a team player in a commercial kitchen? Do you enjoy being at the hub of the operation in a hospitality centre? Can you share your kitchen skills with others as you produce meals for our staff and guests? Do you enjoy working with all ages?

You would enjoy working in a Christian community as a live-in Head Chef. The kitchen/dining area is the heart of our community with all our visitors and residents coming together, so creating a welcoming, open environment is essential.

You’ll either be a qualified chef or an experienced cook, likely from a camp, resort or hotel background, who has solid catering experience and a good sense of humour. You’ll manage our commercial kitchen producing quality healthy food (while working within a budget) for 20 – 200 people, depending on guest numbers, with some alternatives to meet dietary requirements.

You’re able to maintain the quality of food and provide variety to keep meals interesting for long-staying guests. You’ll plan meals, order food, manage the food safety control plan, maintain kitchen hygiene, train volunteers, generally organise the kitchen, supervise the team and ensure meals are prepared as needed.

Ideal Personal Attributes:

·   Have a naturally welcoming attitude with a real sense of hospitality

·   Enjoy working with others

·   Kind-hearted and able and willing to work long hours when required

·   Manage tasks with grace and clarity

·   Balance competing demands and priorities well

·   Team player and willing to contribute and to grow alongside the onsite community

·   You will need to be available to work evenings, weekends and school holidays when required

So, if you feel the calling to be an integral member of our community, contributing your great food and presence, we would love to hear from you. Please email your contact details to and we will send you the job description.

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