Life doesn’t become more social than through sharing food. That’s our founding food philosophy. The food that comes out the Living Kitchen is fresh, simple, honest, healthy and local where possible. With short-end preparation times, simple ingredients and limited preparation steps, the assortment is intelligent, and service is fast. Reflecting the belief that we are what we eat, our kitchen aims to physically energize, appeal to the senses and nourish the soul. Our food is served on long communal tables – ideal for salt passing and idea swapping.  

The Chef’s main responsibility is to ensure that any food that comes out of the Living Kitchen is cooked well and presented in a beautiful way. All in line with Zoku’s food philosophy. You’ll be working closely together with the Head Chef and the rest of the kitchen team. Each Chef runs the kitchen by him or herself during a shift. You must be a multitasking octopus, chatting with the residents and guests, managing the kitchen and cooking up a storm all at the same time. 

We are looking for someone who really understands Zoku’s food philosophy and is a true food artist – also in the visual sense. Someone who loves plating beautiful dishes and who makes creative buffets that not only look good, but also taste amazing. As you are cooking in an open, residential kitchen we need someone who loves chatting to the guests, while cooking up a storm. 

We will be opening our third location in Vienna, Austria, in, April 2021. Located in the central Second District of LeopoldstadtZoku Vienna will be close to the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Messe Wien Conference Center, and the iconic Prater park. 

The Chef reports directly to the Head Chef and works closely with other Chefs, the F&B Sidekicks and the Kitchen Helpers. 

* Please note we have temporarily altered our concept due to the current Covid-19 situation, however we will always make sure it remains “Zoku” where connecting to our residents is still one of our main features. 

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Next to cooking up a storm and plating dishes that taste amazing & look beautiful, this position also focuses on other areas within the Living Kitchen: 

  • Ensure proper preparation of all food to be served 
  • Prepare the kitchen before meal periods 
  • Cook, converse and connect with guests 
  • Get creative with plating. You’ll create amazing looking buffets and dishes (think Otto Lenghi, we love him) 
  • Maintain a clean kitchen at all times 
  • Work in a safe and efficient manner 
  • Plan and execute orders of ingredients and meals 
  • Think along with the Head Chef when creating seasonal menu cycles in line with Zoku’s food philosophy 
  • Support the Head Chef by continuously improving and updating Zoku’s F&B offering 
  • Arrange for kitchen repairs when necessary 
  • Comply with HACCP regulations and safety standards 
  • Assist Head Chef with large projects when requested 


  • When you successfully manage your shifts resulting in happy residents and happy colleagues  
  • When the food that comes out of the kitchen is of high quality and consistent, resulting in high review scores  
  • When the type of dishes are in line with Zoku’s food philosophy 
  • Love to cook 
  • Have experience in healthy homestyle cooking – vegan skills are a plus 
  • Have a hands-on and pro-active mentality 
  • Are forward thinkers, creative and curious about exploring new flavors and cultures 
  • Strive for the best: product, service and personal growth 
  • Can handle the heat of the kitchen and keep a cool head even during busy moments 
  • Operate a clean, organized kitchen that is happily handed over to the next Chef 
  • Have a minimum of 2 years working experience in a Chef position 
  • You are fluent in English, German and/or other languages are a plus 
  • You are an EU resident or you have a valid working and living permit for Austria 
  • You are fully flexible/no fixed working days/hours 
  • You have a social hygiene certificate 
  • You have provable knowledge of cooking techniques 
  • You have experience with implementing the local HACCP guidelines 
  • A market conform salary of € 1.930 gross per month based on full-time  
  • Full time (40 hours) or part time (20 hours) position at “One of the 25 Coolest Hotels in the World” according to Forbes 
  • 25 vacation days to relax and unwind 
  • A cool comfy uniform – no more looking like a log! 
  • Exciting on-the-job training opportunities 
  • Cool wanna-have benefits 
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