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Meet your consultant

James Dillamore

Managing Director

02 9366 1600


With 15 years senior level global experience in the restaurant industry, you need 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 9356 2851 or you can email him on james@talentkitchen.com.au

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 9356 2851 or you can email her on lucinda@talentkitchen.com.au

Diana Cheal

Senior Consultant - 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 9356 2851 or you can email her on diana@talentkitchen.com.au

Isabel Lewis

Consultant

02 9366 1600


Isabel’s passion and involvement in hospitality began exactly on her 18th birthday, when she began working as a bartender and gaming attendant at a local pub.

What followed was a love affair with the world of pubs and bars and a successful career spanning over 15 years working up the ranks to License/GM and managing some of Sydney’s most respected pubs and bars. Moving into recruitment in 2015, Isabel could call on her years of experience to build many strong relationships with key-stakeholders and grow a never ending network of talented workers in the field of hospitality.

Isabel understands all aspects of the industry, having worked and trained with some of Sydney’s top talent across Food, Beverage and Gaming. She loves the fast movement and diversity of the industry and can spot a star a mile off.

You can contact Isabel directly on 02 9356 2851 or you can email her on isabel@talentkitchen.com.au

Brett Luckens

Consultant

02 9366 1600


With over 20 years of experience in various kitchens around the world, working and managing in some of London’s and Sydney’s most iconic venues, hotels, restaurants and events. Brett has worked with a diverse range of clients as an executive chef; restaurateurs and chefs including Matt Moran, Robert Marchetti and many more.

There were several benchmarks for Brett including controlling the Breast Cancer Foundation events for several years, participating in “The Best of the Best (top fifty chefs in Australia), receiving 15/20 twice in “The Summit Restaurant” & “Gowings Bar a Grill @ QT”, winner of “Excellence Caterer of the year and Winner of “Excellence 5 Gold Star” with Aria Events, invited by the ED of the Commonwealth Bank to create and lead a team in Hong Kong.

Brett’s philosophy of the hospitality industry is to always strive to exceed oneself and help people around him grow to their full potential. With this in mind, he strives to make the best connection with the client and the candidate with his experience to create a perfect match.

You can contact Brett directly on 02 9356 2851 or you can email him on brett@talentkitchen.com.au

Luke Madsen Maher

Consultant

02 9366 1600


Luke began working in hospitality early in his career and continued on to manage multi site operations focusing on Sydneys 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 it’s challenges, Luke focuses on the broader picture of the busniess to try to find the perfect fit.

You can contact Luke directly on 02 9356 2851 or you can email him on luke@talentkitchen.com.au

Melbourne Team

Sam Arellano

General Manager - Melbourne

03 8612 7225


Sam is well-respected hospitality professional who brings enthusiasm, experience, knowledge, skill and professionalism. Sam’s goal is to identify candidates for your business that will not only have the skills to perform in the role, but that will also create productive and successful workplace environment.

Having been a successful chef for several years Sam understands the business and partners closely with clients and candidates understanding the highs and lows hospitality can bring for an individual, with a realistic approach.

Annabel Evans

Senior Consultant

03 8612 7225


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 03 8612 7225 or you can email her on annabel@talentkitchen.com.au

Sarah Harland

Consultant

03 8612 7225


With over 17 years experience as a Chef, Sarah knows what it takes to find the perfect match.

After excelling at high school receiving the top of school hospitality prize in her final year and gaining her City and Guilds qualifications finishing with the award of excellence and top of her class, Sarah ran some of the most iconic and busiest spots around in Christchurch (New Zealand) earning recognition and top prizes in many competitions held against the best Chefs and Restaurants the City has to offer.

Stepping in to recruitment 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.

Sarah has a friendly, competitive and real approach to her role and enjoys forming good long term relationships with clients and candidates.

You can contact Sarah directly on 03 8612 7225 or you can email her on sarah@talentkitchen.com.au