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Now Hiring: Head Chef (Gili Trawangan, Indonesia)

JOB TITLE: Head Chef
REPORTS TO: Operations Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Operations Kitchen and Management

About Mad Monkey Hostels

Mad Monkey Hostels is the leading socially responsible hostel operator started in Cambodia with properties in Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines.
With plans to further expand our operations in and beyond Southeast Asia over the next 3-5 years, we aim to be the leading socially responsible hostel company by number of beds worldwide by 2025.
Can you continue our quest to make our Mad Monkey brand a favourite city and island hotspot for accommodation, events, trips and parties with a difference?
We’re looking for someone with a shared passion and vision for developing us as a global leader in socially responsible travel and tourism, that positively leads our industry to a more sustainable and responsible future whilst creating stories, experiences, adventures and memories for our guests.

Main scope and purpose:

The Head Chef will be responsible for all aspects of kitchen operations including but not limited to: ensuring high quality and consistency of food items while keeping to the minimum turnaround time, leading and figuring out each kitchen staff’s function, conducting regular department meetings, and instilling discipline to the team.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead and handle overall operation of kitchen and team
  • Working on financial budgets e.g. food costing, kitchen accounting, P&L reports
  • Working with management to develop and maintain updates on menu and the marketing plan
  • Achieve Kitchen business goals
  • Leading each team member’s performance
  • Provide training, mentorship and development of all kitchen team member
  • Hygiene, safety and presentation in front and back of house


Admin and Inventory management:

Working with the Kitchen Admin, the Head Chef will check that the kitchen is always up to stock so that all dishes are constantly available, costing of the dishes, and reviewing daily & monthly reports to provide reliable data to the management.

Kitchen management, Hygiene & Quality Control:

Leading kitchen staff for high levels of cleanliness, implementing and upkeep of hygiene & safety standards, and provision of training to staff.

Internal Working Relationships:

You will be working under supervision and management of the Hostel Operations Manager, while coordinating with the service team for efficient and timely deliveries, as well as running your own kitchen line staff. You will also be working with the different department heads for daily operational issues.


Whist working for the Company there will be access to a wide variety of confidential information concerning the Company, Guests and Team members. It is vital that all such information remains confidential and must not be disclosed to anyone outside the Company, unless otherwise stated.  Please refer to the Team Handbook for full policy details.

Requirements and other information

Applicant must speak English and have prior experience in this field.
This job description is intended to illustrate the main duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not to be regarded as exhaustive. Other tasks and responsibilities of a broadly comparable nature may be added on a temporary or permanent basis, as appropriate.

How to Apply

This role will be based in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. If you think you’re a good fit for this role, we can’t wait to hear from you! Please email the following to [email protected] with [Head Chef] in the subject line:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are the best candidate for this job
  • A resume outlining your relevant experience


About the Author

Mad Monkey is Southeast Asia’s leading hostel operator — born in Cambodia with more properties in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Laos, and the Philippines. We pride ourselves in creating meaningful and sustainable travel experiences for our guests, whilst promoting socially responsible tourism.