At Merivale, we aim to bring a little magic into the everyday. We are driven to deliver unique and memorable experiences to every person who steps into one of our venues.
Owned and run by the Hemmes family for over 60 years, Merivale began as an iconic fashion house started by John and Merivale Hemmes. Merivale’s fashionable beginnings were soon followed by a venture into hospitality, opening a Thai tea café within their Sydney CBD fashion building in 1970. From here, Merivale’s hospitality roots were firmly planted.
Merivale is now led by CEO Justin Hemmes, whose creativity and knack for pushing the boundaries has made Merivale what it is today. Hemmes has become a pioneer within the Australian hospitality industry, growing the ever-expanding Merivale portfolio to over 70 brands and venues.
We’re lucky enough to work with a pretty amazing bunch of people. Our growing team comes from all over the world, each with unique experiences and backgrounds, but what we all have in common is our passion for excellence, creativity and integrity, working towards one ultimate goal – creating unforgettable experiences for our guests.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or whether you think you ‘fit the mould’, if you’re proud and passionate about what you do, we’d love to hear from you.
When you’ve got talent as good as ours, it’s important to provide the best training and career progression programs. And we don’t just talk the talk – each month we release a group-wide training calendar, bursting with exciting and unique opportunities to learn new skills. We take a blended approach to learning, with a mix of online content, on the job and more formal environments.
We’re also proud to offer our team nationally accredited diplomas and certificates as part of our Merivale Development Program, where you can extend your business and leadership skills, earning new qualifications while working. Along with industry competitions, specialised courses and mentoring programs, who knows where Merivale could take you.
We’re a passionate, hardworking bunch, and we make sure this never goes unnoticed. Recognising and rewarding your efforts is important to us, and we do so with our very own awards night, The Merivales.
We also have some amazing career changing opportunities, with our staff member of the month program giving some lucky team members the chance to create their own bespoke career experience, anywhere in the world.
Along with the daily perks of delicious staff lunches in many of our iconic venues as well as working alongside a team of friendly, talented and diverse people, every day is different and exciting.
Chef Apprenticeship School
Have You Ever Dreamed Of Being A Chef?
Does your spag bol rival your mum’s? Are you the celeb chef amongst your friends? Turn your passion into a future at the Merivale Chef Apprentice School, run by the legendary Peter Doyle. This all-expenses-paid program balances theory, practice, and job experience in Sydney’s most exciting restaurants, working alongside the best in the biz. Are you passionate, driven, and hungry for opportunity? Take the leap and start your cheffing journey today– course commencing July 2021.
How long does the course go for?
This accelerated course runs for 18 months (in comparison to the standard 36 months). Ideally apprentices are offered ongoing employment at the end of the 18 months as a skilled Commis Chef with Merivale. A 3-year commitment is required for ongoing learning and working in the kitchen.
What are the entry requirements for the course?
We’re looking for inquisitive, respectful, honest, resilient, growth-oriented individuals who are passionate about food, and ready to hit the ground running. That’s really it!
How does this apprenticeship programme differ to others?
This is an all-expenses paid, internal Certificate III program, run by Merivale – a well respected industry name – that qualifies you as a chef, in an accelerated fashion. It balances theory, practice, and on the job experience, whilst giving you exposure to many of Sydney’s best restaurants and the chance to learn from Australia’s best-known chefs. It’s also run by Peter Doyle, who’s inspiring, engaging and pays one on one attention to apprentices.
Which Merivale venues / chefs are involved in the programme?
Nearly all of our venues will be involved and matched to candidates. Executive chefs will assist their head chefs manage and mentor the apprentices in their venue.