Australia's Most respected Hospitality Recruitment Agents | Talent Kitchen

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 james@talentkitchen.com.au

Sydney Team

Diana Cheal

General Manager

02 9366 1600


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

Having grown, developed and managed a large team in London, Diana made the move to Sydney to join the Talent Kitchen. Setting up the casual staffing division was Diana’s initial task and with that now established and doing very well, Diana’s role has evolved into General Manager of The Talent Kitchen.

Diana loves a challenge and is not afraid to take one on! Incredibly personable, she loves meeting new people and networking within the industry. With a background in hospitality, having worked as a Chef years ago, Diana understands the needs of both clients and candidates. Her attention to detail and her consistently high standards mean that the service you are supplied with be awesome.

You can contact Diana directly on 02 9366 1600 or you can email her on diana@talentkitchen.com.au

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 luke@talentkitchen.com.au

Temporary Staffing

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 kim@talentkitchen.com.au

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 megan@talentkitchen.com.au

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 brian@talentkitchen.com.au

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 sarah@talentkitchen.com.au

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 annabel@talentkitchen.com.au