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Hospitality Recruitment Agents

James Dillamore

Managing Director

02 9366 1600

With 15 years senior level global experience in the restaurant industry, you need to look no further for your hospitality talent needs. James started working in his local Pizzeria at the tender age of 15 in the pot wash, washing up for pocket money.

He committed to his hospitality management career when he reached 19 when he was successful in being accepted on the Pizza Express management- training program in London, England. He worked his way through a number of businesses such as The Real Greek (London), Harrods Restaurants (Knightsbridge, London) and ultimately became a GM of Operations managing nearly 50 restaurants with Mad Mex in Sydney.

James has been responsible for the opening of around 100 restaurants in his career – this is a lot of hiring! Moving into recruitment seemed like a natural move for someone with his skills set. James is now using his hospitality knowledge and passion for the recruitment of restaurant professionals for Australia from all over the world.

James founded The Talent Kitchen in 2014 with the goal using his skills to find the best candidates for his clients. He continually aims to over deliver on service levels and is striving to create a business based on passion, honesty and integrity.

You can contact James directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email him on

Sydney Team

Lucinda Campbell

Manager - Permanent Recruitment - Sydney

02 9366 1600

Lucinda’s passion for all things hospitality was ignited straight out of school when she began slinging drinks in busy Eastern Suburbs bars whilst studying at University.

After graduating with an Arts and a Law degree, she lived abroad for two years before returning and deciding to pursue a career in her ‘labour of love’. A keen traveller, Lucinda loves the diversity and exposure to many different cultures that hospitality brings- there’s no industry quite like it!

Since then Lucinda has worked in and managed some of Sydney’s premier high volume venues and has a keen awareness of how much having the right staff in place ensures the success of a business.

Personable and naturally curious, Lucinda loves working with people and moved seamlessly into hospitality recruitment. Putting her well-honed investigative and negotiation skills to work- she strives to find the right roles for the right people, every time.

You can contact Lucinda directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email her on

Luke Madsen Maher

Senior Consultant - Permanent Recruitment

02 9366 1600

Luke began working in hospitality early in his career and continued on to manage multi-site operations focusing on Sydney’s Cafe scene.

He’s a massive foodie and believes in exceeding customers expectations and creating unforgettable experiences.
Working with Cafes like Henley’s Wholefoods taught him the importance of talented staff members to make a venue successful what drove him to start his career in recruitment.

With an in-depth knowledge of the industry and its challenges, Luke focuses on the broader picture of the business to try to find the perfect fit.

You can contact Luke directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email him on

Sophie Arnold

Consultant - Permanent Recruitment

02 9366 1600

From a young age, Sophie has had a true passion and a willingness to learn everything she could in the hospitality industry. Within weeks of finishing high school, she had an apprenticeship and was ready to start a career as a Pastry chef. Whilst settling into a new career in her spare time and on her days off, Sophie worked in bustling cafes as a barista and Hotels as a bartender at night, absorbing all that hospitality has to offer.

After a solid 10-year tenure and working in some of Sydney’s best restaurants as a head pastry chef, Sophie is putting aside the whisk and spatulas (Not the chocolate).

With an interest all along as well as having recruited for her own teams in the kitchen, Sophie found another passion within the industry, recruitment!

After working alongside some of Sydney’s best chefs and front of house teams, Sophie is ready to utilize her keen eyes for talent, skill and perfection in the industry. Sophie is joining The Talent Kitchen team as an Associate Consultant to find the right people for their dream positions!

With a friendly and down to earth personality, Sophie prides herself on building genuine relationships with candidates and clients!

You can contact Sophie directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email her on

Temporary Staffing

Diana Cheal

Manager - Temporary Staffing

02 9366 1600

Diana has been in the recruitment industry, more specifically catering & hospitality recruitment, for the past six years.

She built up the temps side of her business through hard work, dedication and networking, and also took on the management of the catering and hospitality team.  She grew the team from 3 to 10 and having worked in London for all of this time, Diana decided to make the move over to Sydney to set up the Temps for the Talent Kitchen.
Diana loves a challenge, and enjoys seeing something grow.  Incredibly personable, Diana loves meeting new people and networking within the industry.  With a good understanding of how casual staffing works, Diana will be able to find the best solutions for you.  Her previous experience working as a Chef also lends her to finding the right staff for you.  Her attention to detail and high standards mean that the service you are supplied will be the best.

You can contact Diana directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email her on

Kim Briggs

Consultant - Temporary Staffing

02 9366 1600

Kim has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting out in her local burger shop and working her way up through the ranks to management. Moving to Sydney from a small town opened up a whole world of dining and she jumped right in. Committed to a career in hospitality, Kim has worked in some amazing restaurants across Sydney’s Inner West before deciding to move into the world of recruitment.

Kim is passionate about great food and keeping in touch with the latest in the restaurant and café scene. She has an appreciation for the whole dining experience and greatly values all the staff that make these experiences amazing for their customer, whether they are front of house, or the often-forgotten, hard working kitchen brigades.

Having a keen eye for seeing people’s strengths and understanding why her staff are driven to work in the industry are what sets Kim apart. Being able to nurture these strengths has been very rewarding during her years in management and Kim brings these skills to her role as Temp Consultant.

You can contact Kim directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email her on

Megan Attiwill

Consultant - Temporary Staffing

02 9366 1600

Megan’s earliest taste for the hospitality industry came with her first part time job as a waitress working weekends at her local cafe when she was in year ten.

It was here that she realized her passion for both delivering memorable and quality customer service and genuine love of an industry that allows you to interact with a diverse range of people.

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology with majors of Human Resources and Marketing, Megan continued to gain first hand experience in the front of house sector of the industry working in cafes and at various social events around Sydney.

These roles taught Megan how to work in challenging environments, which require flexibility to adapt to reactive environments, and highlighted the importance of maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders to ensure needs are satisfied and trust is developed.

Having recently graduated, Megan is ready to hit the ground running by combining both the management and coordination of people skills studied within her degree, with her practical knowledge of how the industry operates to deliver the most beneficial and positive outcome for both candidate and client.

You can contact Megan directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email her on

Melbourne Team

Brian Boyle

Manager - Permanent Recruitment - VIC/ACT/NT/WA/TAS

03 8618 6992

Brian possesses 15 years of Hospitality Management experience across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Following the completion of his Master’s Degree in Management from Queens University Belfast Brian was approached to take charge of an iconic Hotel here in Australia, ultimately leading the venue to 8 State and 3 National awards. Brian transitioned into National Hospitality Certification, Franchise Auditing and ultimately Talent Acquisition.

Joining “The Talent Kitchen” from an International Agency, Brian oversees recruitment in Tasmania, SA, WA, NT and Victoria. His recruitment ethos centres around collaborative partnerships, cultural awareness, clear communication and honesty. As an industry lifer, he has a true passion for the industry, is extremely well networked and thrives on the challenge to over deliver.

Every candidate could one day be a client, and vice versa. Therefore, if you have any queries about “The Talent Kitchen”, our acquisition capabilities or career opportunities feel free to reach out at

Sarah Harland

Senior Consultant - Permanent Recruitment

03 8618 6992

With over 17 years experience as a Chef in New Zealand, Sarah took care of the recruitment for many of the business’ she worked for and knows what it takes to find the perfect match.

Stepping in to recruitment a year ago was an exciting new challenge and it’s Sarah’s experience and passion for the industry that drive her understanding of candidate and client requirements to secure the right fit for the role.

Now with the title of national account manager for a number of Australia’s most renowned brands Sarah tackles roles from CDP’s to Executive chefs and Café all rounders to Venue Managers. She knows how to figure out the best fit for each individual venue and culture.

Sarah has a friendly and amiable approach to her role and enjoys forming strong long term partnerships with clients and candidates.

You can contact Sarah directly on 03 8618 6992 or you can email her on

Lucy Mcdonald

Consultant - Permanent Recruitment

03 8618 6992

On completion of her tertiary education in Hospitality and Tourism Management Lucy commenced her career within The Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Employed within one of Sydney’s Premier 5-star hotels was a key stepping stone allowing her to progress into Front Office Management after progressing through the F&B departments.

Following her highly successful tenure in Australia, Lucy emigrated to the Middle East in order to assist in the pre-opening of the brands newest Hotel; hand selecting the perfect team to drive a highly supportive culture, elevate the companies brand position and showcase their premium hospitality offering.

Having recently relocated to Melbourne, Lucy pin-pointed her passion was Human Resources and specifically Talent Acquisition. Joining the team in 2018 Lucy’s core specialisation will be recruiting within the industry she possesses in-depth knowledge of; the international hotel industry.

You can contact Lucy directly on 03 8618 6992 or you can email her on

Brisbane Team

Annabel Evans

Senior Consultant - Permanent Recruitment

07 3041 4148

After graduating University with a Business Degree and Foundation Degree in Management of Culinary Arts, Annabel headed off to explore the world. Travelling her way around Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and New Zealand before arriving in Australia and knowing this was somewhere she could call home.

Working in Café Management at iconic farm to fork venues in the UK, Annabel has a huge interest in nutrition and love of the healthy flavours. She has her own food blog and is regularly found blogging about Sydney’s newest and fanciest venues!

Annabel is a personable, understanding and patient recruiter, invested in achieving the best result for candidate and client. Taking pride in maintaining a professional, and personable approach on all occasions, Annabel works in a friendly and open way for client and candidate clarity.

You can contact Annabel directly on 07 3041 4148 or you can email her on