Powell - Executive Chef - Durban, KZN, South Africa

Natalie Justin Powell

Durban, KZN, South Africa


Executive Chef


My husband and I are looking to find a position as a Management Couple.
Justin is currently an executive chef / Unit Manager, and oversea's meals for 200 residents daily, which is three meals a day, with two tea times.
I have got 16 years experience in the Financial Services. I have worked for big corporates as well as smaller independant brokers.
Justin and I previously ran a wedding conference centre together in Amanzimtoti. I did the bookkeeping, salaries, VAT PAYE UIF etc, and Justin did the food, bar etc. We know that we would make a fantastic team and would make your business a success.
We just need someone to have enough faith in us to know that we would be perfect for your business.

Thank you.

Work History

Executive Chef & Assistant Manager

eThekwini Caterers

From June 2012

Nature of Business: Industrial Catering
Period of Employ June 2012 - Current
Position Held: Executive Chef & Assistant Manager
Duties: Overseeing all staff - chefs, assistants & serving staff
Ensuring that all meals are perfect when residents are served
Ensuring all menu's for the next day are correct
Stock take - done every ten days
Maintain hygiene and safety standards as per Q Pro
Manage catering staff and skills training
Implement systems
Stock control and stock taking
Consumption control
Distribution of food for lunch packs and dinners
Planning of gas supplies
Menu planning/Menu costing
Quality and quantity control
Daily/Weekly and Monthly planning
Feedback to top management
Evaluate and maintain equipment
Implement shifts
Interview and evaluate staff
Budget control and cost check
Supplier quality inspection

Reason for leaving: I am looking for an opportunity to improve our family life. I am open to the possibility of re-location and working abroad.

Financial Advisor's Assistant to Wealth Manager

Alexander Forbes

August 2011 - May 2013

Nature of Business: Insurance
Period of Employ: August 2011 - May 2013
Position Held: Financial Advisor's Assistant to Wealth Manager
Duties: Setting up reviews
Processing new business
Monthly information sharing
Continuous training and betterment
Assisting my consultant with all work related queries
Monthly report on the business processed
Monthly report on commission generated
Regular compliance / FAIS training / updates
Assisting with quarterly presentations at Elangeni Hotel
Compiling New Business Monitors - weekly & monthly
Ensuring my boss stays at his number one position country wide
Other basic office admin

Reason for Leaving: I have had the opportunity to work with one of the most intelligent people, and the support team has been amazing. However, sometimes I would really love the opportunity to get out of insurance. I would really embrace a different challenge.

Deli Manager

Queensmead Super Spar

February 2009 - May 2012

Duties: Weekly Stock Take
Over See Weekly Health Inspections
Menu Costing and Planning
Stock Control
Over seeing all Deli Staff
Weekly Costing and Report on GP
Most of the cooking
Assisting Jnr Chef's with their meals
All other management aspects as well

Reason for Leaving: I am looking for future growth.

ABSA Financial Advisor

Deon Harris

April 2009 - July 2011

Position Held: PA
Duties: Arranging Client's Medicals
Client Schedules
Doing UIF - set up the UIF etc
Assisting with CIPRO
Internal ABSA Training
Assisting with Auditing Process
Client Advice Records
Client Recommendation Reports
Extensive work on Pro-Planner
Extensive Internet research
Setting up Internet accounts with all major financial institutions
Weekly Figures for all investment clients
Assisting my boss where-ever else possible

Reason For Leaving: My position is a half-day position, and I really enjoy my work, however my boss is looking at relocating to Ladysmith.

Assisting wherever possible

Erné Ness-Harvey and Associates

January 2008 - March 2009

Nature of Business: Insurance
Period of Employ: 18 January 2008 - 01 March 2009
Position Held: PA
Duties: Client Schedules
Setting up appointments
Doing VAT, PAYE & UIF Payments
Assisting wherever possible

Reason for Leaving: I was offered an opportunity to go to an ABSA Broker.

ABSA Broker

ABSA Bank Pinetown

January 2008 - October 2008

Position Held: PA
Duties: Assisting with the training of the two Jnr PA's
Setting up appointments
Running the daily diary
Assisting with all client queries
Doing all repurchases and switches for investments

Reason for leaving: Contract came to an end.

Matthew Mayo Insurance & Investments CC

February 2008 - August 2008

Position Held: PA
Duties: Ensuring the office is run efficiently
Assisting with the B&B on the property
Assisting with Glengarry Golf Club queries
Organizing medicals for clients
Assisting with all queries, on either medical aid or personal insurance

Reason for leaving: My contract came to an end.

Company: Consolidated Financial Planning

Chef, Bar Manager

Weaver Conference and Function Centre

November 2006 - January 2009

Nature of Business: Catering Industry
Period of Employ: November 2006 - January 2009
Position Held: Chef, Bar Manager and Function Co-Coordinator
Duties: Menu Planning & Costing
Meal Preparation
Kitchen Stock Control
Kitchen & Bar Stock take & orders
Co-Coordinating Functions
Planning all functions
Costing all functions
General Kitchen Duties
Customer Liaison
Over seeing bar duties during functions
Total control of kitchen
Managing the conference centre while the boss was away

Reason for Leaving: While at Weaver I managed to do most of the function and conference planning, costing and execution. I enjoyed the event planning immensely, and I was very good at marketing and selling the packages. My boss immigrated to Australia.

Food & Beverage Manager

Dolphin Bowl Tenpin Centre

February 2006 - November 2006

Nature of Business: Hospitality
Period of Employ: February 2006 - November 2006
Position Held: Food & Beverage Manager
Duties: Kitchen stock take & orders
Compiling duty rosters
Managing the staff
Menu planning & co-ordination
Customer liaison
Take over kitchen when the contract expired with current owners

Reason for leaving: Better job opportunity with Weaver.

Head Chef / Kitchen Manager

Midlands Forest Lodge

March 2005 - January 2006

Nature of Business: Hospitality Industry
Period of Employ: March 2005 - January 2006
Position Held: Head Chef / Kitchen Manager
Duties: Cooking all meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Supper
Menu Planning & Costing
Managing Staff
Duty Rosters
Stock Control / Stock Takes
Involved with all aspects of the day to day running of the lodge

Reason for leaving: Better job opportunity.

Corporate Benefits Administrator

Insurance Company

January 2005 - December 2007

Duties: Medicals Aids
Processing of all new member forms
Monitoring of acceptances
Processing of all withdrawals from the various schemes
Processing of all company and individual member queries
Processing of all claims
Leasing with clients / companies regarding Vitality queries
Billing Statements called for on a monthly basis, checked and forwarded to the relevant companies
Requesting tax certificates or tax letter for medical aid members
Provident Funds
Processing of all new entrants, withdrawals, retirements from the provident funds and liaising with the relevant insurance companies and clients
Assisting with obtaining quotation when necessary for new funds
Monitoring of underwriting decisions
Processing of all Statements of Account, which are emailed / mailed to the various companies on a monthly basis
Monitoring of the receipt of invoices and confirmations of payment by EFT where required
Liaising with the insurers and client companies with regard to any underwriting that may be requested, received and processing
Forwarding of decision letter to the client companies
Relief switchboard once a week
Daily back up of the server
Daily synchronization for the Spotlight System
Assisting with the set up of the Monthly Financial Planning Club
Creating Excel spreadsheets

Reason for leaving: The dynamic of the company is changing, and I didn't see a future for myself there anymore.

Sous Chef

Protea Hotel Empangeni

April 2004 - February 2005

Duties: Cooking
Menu planning and Costing
Stock Control - Monthly & weekly stock takes
Managing Staff
Implementing shifts

Reason for leaving: No scope for further advancement.

Assistant Food and Beverage Manger

Protea Hotel Inchanga

September 2003 - April 2004

Nature of Business: Hospitality Industry
Period of Employ: September 2003 - April 2004
Position Held: Assistant Food and Beverage Manger
Duties: Cooking
Menu planning and costing
Manage Staff
Stock Takes - Weekly / Monthly / Daily
Ordering / purchasing of stock

Reason for leaving: Promoted and Transferred to Empangeni.

Personal Assistant

Prosure Insurance Brokers / Trade 4 U

September 2002 - March 2004

Nature of Business: Insurance Brokers & Stock Market Traders
Period of Employ: Sept 02 - March 04
Position Held: Personal Assistant
Duties: Setting up all appointments
Assisting with all client queries
All comparative quotes
Doing monthly accounts
Daily trading updates
Monthly Finance reports for all clients
Assisting with the banking
Doing invoices and receipts
General office admin
Updating client portfolios
Setting up trading seminars
Assisting with the presentations
Setting up trading accounts

Reason for leaving: I fell pregnant and decided to take a year's maternity leave.


The Garage Pinetown

January 2000 - August 2002

Duties: Switchboard
Booking in of vehicles
Liaising with supplies
Typing all correspondence
Doing all technical quotes
Monthly creditors and debtors
Safety Officer
Setting up training seminars & HIV Education
Staff representative to management
Assisting with buying when the buyer was away
Assisting with the efficient management of the workshop
Daily banking and petty cash
Monthly costing and profit sharing
Organizing branch get together and interaction
Organizing all internal branch functions

Reason for leaving: The owner was thinking of selling and I was unhappy with the uncertainty. When Prosure offered me the position, I accepted and was looking forward to the change.

PA to Junior Manager

Liberty Life

January 1998 - December 1999

Duties: Assisting with secretarial training
Assisting with the interview process
Assisting with the product launches
Setting up branch meetings and doing minutes
Setting up secretaries' day functions
Assisting with the annual Christmas Tree
General office admin

Reason for leaving: My boss wanted to be transferred to Johannesburg, and I was offered the job at The Garage.

Steward Part

SA Navy

July 1997 - February 2003

Nature of Business: Naval Training
Period of Employ: July 1997 - February 2003
Position Held: Leading Seaman
Duties: Basic Military Training at Saldana Bay
Ratings PT 1
Steward Part 1 (Catering)
Fire Fighting PT 1
Damage Control PT1
Served as a Steward
Four years served on the SAS Outeniqua as a Naval Steward
During those four years, worked closely with the head chef

Reason for leaving: I wanted to further my studies.

Apprentice Blockman

SA Navy

From July 1997

my call up was July 1997.


Tommy's Choice

January 1997 - July 1997

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