About Us

Owned and operated by hospitality professionals.
We love this industry and the people in it.

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The Best in the Business

Temporary, permanent and personal solutions
Best In The Business

I Need a chef is owned and operated by Paul Mawdsley and Ben Tate. Paul is the founder and a qualified chef with over 20 years’ industry experience. From his personal experience of witnessing high kitchen staff turnover, Paul recognized the need for a niche service offering skilled hospitality staff to business’s and organizations of all sizes.

"Coming from a hospitality background is what sets us apart from our competitors and has quickly propelled us to becoming one of Australia’s leading hospitality agencies"

Ben Tate, Operations Manager at I Need A Chef is a qualified technical analyst and IT consultant with several years’ prior experience in front of house and banqueting. It is his role to ensure we are always keeping up with constantly evolving technologies and recruitment methods.

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Our Passion for Hospitality

Our clients are some of the most demanding and highly regarded establishments within the hospitality industry. We're justifiably proud of being able to offer our clients a team of professional, fully-qualified hospitality and event staff who are not only capable, but are respectful and pleasant to work with.

Whilst our offices are based in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we can send staff to the furthest reaches of Australia. We have a database full of hospitality professionals who can board a plane and be in any state on short notice.

Whether you're an employer looking to get out of a tight spot or recruit permanently, or a chef or front-of-house professional looking for a fresh challenge or new position, I Need A Chef offers an efficient, uncomplicated and personal service.

Our Passion For Hospitality

Why choose us as your hospitality agency

Owned and operated by hospitality professional, we love this industry and the people in it.


Cost Effective

Excellent temporary rates and the best pricing structure for permanent placements in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


Full Induction Process

All our staff have been vetted via our interview and induction process to ensure they’re ready to work.


Latest Technologies

We use the latest techmologies in recruitment, staff scheduling and management.

As hospitality professionals, we have a unique insight into what hospitality businesses like yours want in a staff member. We’re driven to help you get the right person for the job!

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A premier hospitality agency with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, I Need A Chef offers temporary and permanent recruitment for both front- and back-of-house operations.

With a young, personal and modern approach to hospitality recruitment, we draw on our knowledge of the latest technologies when it comes to all aspects of kitchen management. We're proud to have some of the largest clients in the hospitality and events sector, yet we also retain our personal and extremely responsive service. Our consultants are contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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350,000+ shifts covered Australia wide

Just some of our fabulous clients.