Head Cook, Southwark

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James Allen's Girls' SchoolSouthwark

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £20,000 - £24,000 dependant on experience
Contract term: Permanent

Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.00pm (32.5 working hours per week),

1 unpaid hour for lunch, Term Time only.

Scope of role

We are looking for a creative Head Cook to provide first class food and service to the PrePrep students, staff and guests. The post holder will be expected to take on the full responsibility of planning, organising, operating and developing the catering service to ensure it meets the highest standard in terms of quality of food, service and safety.

Main responsibilities

  • To ensure the standard of food and hygiene meets all current legislation and that the highest food and safety standards are maintained throughout the department. Ensure records are up-to-date and available for inspection.
  • Maintain a high level of kitchen hygiene and cleanliness in all food production areas.
  • Responsibility in the control of all food stocks, areas of food storage and levels of stock holding and stocktaking.
  • To fully account for all purchases and consumption on a weekly basis.
  • Managing a team of two and delegating tasks daily as required and ensuring team are working in line with appropriate compliance.
  • Oversee the preparation of all food produced both hot and cold from within all areas of the main kitchen.
  • To inspect and check all equipment ensuring that any maintenance defects are reported and followed through.
  • Create and develop menus, with exceptional nutritional content.
  • To ensure that the catering produced has achieved the highest possible quality and presentation at all times and is ready for service at the correct times, liaising with the senior school catering team as required.
  • To cater for all aspects of hospitality, meetings and functions as required by the school during the school term and at other times as required.
  • Ensure there is adequate food available to maintain a smooth service without any delays.
  • To undertake any other duties as commensurate with the responsibilities, skills and qualification of the post holder.



Job location

More about James Allen's Girls' School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 7 - 18 years
Address: 144 East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8TE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8693 1181
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