Luxury Cook Yamazato Kitchen

What are you going to do?

We are looking for a fulltime Luxury Cook for our traditional Japanese Kaiseki restaurant Yamazato. As a Luxury Cook you are demonstrating your skillful cooking techniques in traditional Japanese cuisine and are therefore an ambassador of Japanese culture. You have a thorough knowledge of the unique preparation, cooking and presentation methods of the Kaiseki style and are able to explain the meaning of these dishes and ways of presentation as well. Working in a team of enthusiastic colleagues where you can develop yourself further is one of your goals.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Carry out (preparatory) activities for all different sections of a Japanese kitchen
  • Execute meal preparations in line with traditional and cultural guidelines
  • Monitor and check the quality, readiness, taste, texture, colour of food items
  • Judge the used ingredients on quality, freshness and preservability
  • Guide, advise and lead up to assigned staff members / trainees
  • Plan and assign activities, including giving instructions
  • Guard the quality of the work output
  • Watch over the hygiene and cleaning instructions
  • Receive, check and store the ordered food items and other supplies
  • Notice details and shortcomings and where necessary pass this on to the Executive Chef
  • Make suggestions to the Chef
  • Contribute to the development of products and items for the menu
  • Execution of all other occurring relevant activities
  • Mise en place duties; washing, cutting, cooking
  • Cleaning of materials, machines and equipment
  • Cleaning of the kitchen according to HACCP
  • Storing of fresh food items according to HACCP

Working days & working hours

Your working times are flexible within a 38 hour week, during 5 days a week.

Who are you?

  • You have strong Japanese cooking skills
  • You have at least 2 years of experience in a Japanese Restaurant and therefore sufficient knowledge of Japanese dishes and menus
  • You have a job related education
  • You have a passion for Japanese cooking
  • You are creative and like to come up with new ideas
  • You have the ability to work in a fast paced work environment
  • You are guest oriented
  • You are Flexible and a team player
  • You are fluent in English, both orally and written
  • Japanese language skills are not a requirement, but is an advantage


To be able to execute this position well, we expect that you have at least developed the following competencies to a large extent.

  • Anticipate
  • Collegial
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Customer/Guest Focus
  • Creativity
  • Innovation

Yamazato Restaurant

The Yamazato restaurant is awarded with a Michelin star and ranks amongst the top Japanese restaurants in Europe. Yamazato Restaurant is opened daily for dinner from 6.00 until 9.30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday it is also open for lunch from noon to 2.00 pm.

Who are your colleagues?

The team of our Yamazato Kitchen consists of approximately 25 colleagues, with most of them being Japanese. The Yamazato Restaurant team is comprised of about 30 Japanese members.

What do we offer? 

Contract: 1 year contract, possibility to extend
Salary: Group IV, see (link salary overview) 
Bonus:  1 week salary if achieving SMART Goals 
Travel allowance: As from 10 km commuting 
Holidays: 25 vacation days and 7 days National Holiday compensation per year 
CAO:  The Uniform Conditions for the Hotel and Catering Industry
Training: Various possibilities
Discount: In our restaurants and overnight stays at Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Are you interested in this position?

Are you interested in working in an international team and developing yourself in the largest F&B hotel of the Netherlands?

Then please contact us!

About Okura

Since our opening in 1971 we have only one goal: creating an unforgettable stay for our guests. We do our utmost best to deliver the best quality and to fulfill every wish of our guests. Together we work hard to amaze our guests!

Contact information

Hotel Okura - Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

020 678 79 89