Head Cook

Guardian Care Centre
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
£10.00 per hour
23 Nov 2016
08 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Description - Head Cook

Business Area/Function: Catering

Salary Scale: £10.00 per hour

Location: Guardian Care Centre, Stoke on Trent

Hours: 40 per week - 5 days out of 7 over a rota system

Reports To: Care Director

Responsible for:  3 x Cooks and 5 x Kitchen Assistants

Role Purpose:

To manage the provision of the kitchen and meal preparation for approximately 146 residents, including specialised diets with particular emphasis on the planning, preparing and cooking of meals. To ensure operational compliance in line with statutory regulations such as health and safety, food hygiene, CQC and HACCP  principles. Management and leadership of the kitchen team.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities and Outputs:

  • Ensure the effective and efficient planning, preparation and delivery of all aspects of food preparation and cooking, taking into account dietary and nutritional requirements within the Centre
  • Planning the work of the Cooks and Kitchen Assistants by providing clear direction whilst maintaining  motivation and engagement of the kitchen team
  • Actively involved in the preparation, cooking and serving of high quality food and beverages
  • Ability to adapt the changing needs of the people who use the service and able to keep up to date with the medication side effects that residents may expeience in order that their diets can be amended accordingly
  • Managing the kitchen supplies, you will also be responsible for checking and maintaining kitchen equipment
  • Monitoring of the catering budget, taking into account the cost per cover and wastage as well as ensuring best value and quality of the ingredients
  • Research, develop and create varied and interesting menus which take account of any dietary requirements
  • Ensure stock takes and audits and all relevant documentation is kept up to date, complete and stored to standard
  • Work to high standards of HACCP principles, food hygiene, CQC, health and safety and environmental health, ensuring compliance and good working practices
  • Maintain a clean and tidy appearance with high personal hygiene standards
  • Ensure all new staff and existing staff receive induction and refresher training and support
  • Maintain good communication between departments, residents, relatives, staff and suppliers ensuring quality customer service
  • Contribute to any other projects as requested by the Senior Management Team

Experience, Knowledge, Key Skills and Qualifications:



  • Experience of managing and leading a team of Cooks and  Kitchen Assistants
  • Experience of preparing and cooking high quality meals gained within a large professional kitchen environment
  • Meal planning and preparation within budgetary requirements
  • Experience of special dietary requirements including pureed food preparation

Knowledge and Key Skills:

  • Full understanding of statutory compliance including health and safety, HACCP principles, food hygiene, CQC and environmental health.
  • Ability to use specialist industrial kitchen equipment
  • Must have excellent leadership skills in order to ensure the catering team remain engaged and motivated
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to show empathy and warmth towards residents
  • Excellent organisational skills and works with enthusiasm and energy
  • Ability to make decisions and prioritise workload


  • NVQ Level 3 in Catering
  • Numeracy and Literacy to GCSE or equivalent standard



  • Experience of working within the care and support sector

Knowledge and Key Skills:

  • An awareness and understanding of the the complex needs of our residents

Additional Requirements

  • A commitment to adhere to all company policies and procedures
  • Ability to work flexibly in accordance with the role
  • DBS clearance