Chef / Kitchen Manager

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
24 Nov 2021
08 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Chef / Kitchen Manager


37 hours per week




Our client is a forward-thinking housing association, on a mission to build thriving communities where people can live happily in a home they can afford.


They work right across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, and own or manage over 19,000 homes. As one of the top 25 housing association developers in the country, they remain committed to delivering high-quality affordable housing to those who need it the most.


Their work in retirement living is no exception. They believe in creating modern communities where over-55s can live in desirable, social, independent spaces. Safe in the knowledge that they have extra tailored care and support available if it’s needed.


This is all possible thanks to their dedicated and passionate retirement living team. A team that you could be part of.


This is a really exciting time for our client as they look to move the catering service for their extra care scheme in house. They’re looking for a Chef / Kitchen Manager who can help them to shape this new service, recruit additional team members and provide an overall first class experience by delivering a high quality food service that includes responsibility for all kitchen staff and the ordering, preparation and cooking of food.


What you will be doing: 

  • Developing and delivering a high quality food and beverage service
  • Producing and monitoring budgets related to the running and management of the kitchen / restaurant
  • Delivering a value for money meals service within budget, ensuring that fresh produce is used
  • Managing all kitchen staff, providing appropriate guidance and supervision
  • Playing an active role in training and developing staff to encourage career progression
  • Producing a 24/7 rota over 365 days to ensure that there is always appropriate cover
  • Managing day to day rota issues
  • Developing a catering service that meets residents expectations
  • Creating menus
  • Taking action to minimise waste
  • Ensuring all kitchen equipment is regularly checked


They’d love to meet someone with:  

  • A passion for producing high quality food and food service
  • A creative flare for producing fresh, varied and good quality meals
  • The ability to be an effective leader and team player
  • The ability to recognise potential problems and identify and carry through effective solutions
  • Strong communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge of handling and operating catering equipment
  • Experience of sourcing and purchasing cost effective catering supplies
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Knowledge of food trends and dietary requirements
  • Appropriate food hygiene certificate
  • C&G 706-3 Kitchen Larder and Pastry or equivalent NVQ qualification would be advantageous as would an intermediate / advanced food hygiene certificate



Amongst what they offer you is: 

  • A competitive salary of £26,000
  • 28 days holiday PLUS Bank Holidays
  • A generous contributory pension scheme
  • Private health care
  • Free life assurance
  • Access to an extensive suite of wellbeing services and tools including a digital gym
  • Opportunities for learning and development
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Retail discount scheme



Please note the successful candidate will need to complete an enhanced DBS application.


Closing date: Wednesday 8th December, 2021 

Interview date: Interviews will be held throughout the campaign. The first stage will be an interview on teams. Second interviews will be a practical assessment at the scheme.

Our client reserves the right to close this recruitment if it is deemed that they have received a suitable number of applications. On this basis they would advise that applications are submitted as soon as possible.