Commis Chef, Southwark

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Ark Globe AcademySouthwark

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £21,612-£22,800
Contract term: Permanent

Job Description: Commis Chef

Reports to: Assistant Chef Manager
Start Date:                  ASAP
Hours:                    40 hours per week (7.00am -3.30 pm) (Term Time Only plus 1 week)
Salary:            Full time salary is grade 3 (£21,612-£22,800) however this will be prorated based on the above working hours

Please note that you are required to submit a personal statement as part of the application.


To assist the Chef Manager with all aspects of food preparation, food service, kitchen hygiene and other duties associated with the running of the academies kitchen.

As a Chef Apprentice you will be responsible to: 

• Assist Chef Manager with cooking of school meals.

• Assist Chef Manager with supervision of staff.

• Support the School’s Healthy Eating Policy and Nutritional Standards.

• Maintain kitchen cleaning standards and cleaning of equipment used during the day.

• Maintenance of good standard of hygiene in kitchen and follow the HACCP’s policy

• Assist Chef Manager in training new staff in methods of work in kitchen.

• To record food temperatures and labelling of stock items in accordance with procedures 

• Help any member of kitchen staff as required.

• Take control of some cooking and due diligence in absence of Assistant Chef Manager.

• Help with special functions which take place in the school.

• To take part in deep cleaning of the kitchen, food storage, serving and dining areas of the academy during academic holidays

• To receive stock and check quality and quantity against the delivery note/invoice. To put deliveries of stock away in the designated storage location, ensuring that all stock is dated and rotated in accordance with directions from the Assist Chef Manager /School Chef

• To work as part of a team to ensure that all service requirements are met

• To serve the food to an exceptional standard and interact with the staff and pupils in an appropriate and helpful way

• To set up the serving and dining areas as directed by the Chef Manager

• To serve food and provide a helpful and knowledgeable service at all times

• To operate a cashless till and any other items of catering machinery or equipment as directed by the Chef Manager

• To work as part of a team to ensure that all service requirements are met.

• To prepare and deliver refreshments for special functions, and collect and clean dirty cutlery, crockery and other serving items after functions, as and when required. This may include some evening work.

• To record food temperatures and labelling of stock items in accordance with procedures

• To carry out the responsibilities of the post in accordance with all Health and Safety and relevant legislation, reporting any incidents or accidents, including near-misses, to the Chef Manager

• To keep the kitchen, cooking preparation area, equipment and dining hall clean and tidy 

• To carry out washing up and cleaning tasks, including cleaning equipment and machinery, in accordance with requirements and procedures

• To attend training courses as required.

Qualification Criteria 

• Right to work in the UK

• NVQ level 3 or equivalent level qualification.

• Relevant Health & Safety and Food Hygiene qualifications.

• A good standard of basic literacy and numeracy qualification (Essential)


• Experience of catering essential.

• Experience of working with children preferred.

• Solid experience of using COSHH database (Essential)

• Intermediate to Advanced user or Microsoft Office Skills particularly strong with Excel, Word and PowerPoint (Essential)

Personal Characteristics

• Hard working, conscientious and organized.

• Excellent team player, helpful, friendly and willing to undertake extra tasks (as and when necessary)

• Good role model for both students and staff, with high expectations for self and others

• Genuine interest in and willingness to help children to learn how to eat healthily.


• You may from time to time be required to work after school and weekends due to the events planned for the day/week, therefore flexibility is essential.

• Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

• This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

• Undertake Fire Marshal and First Aid training. 

• To undertake various responsibilities as directed by the Assist Chef Manager, Finance and Resources Director, the Principal Head teacher and any member of the SLT.

• Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Principal

• This job description is subject to change with the agreement of the post holder.

More about Ark Globe Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Harper Road, Southwark, London, SE1 6AG, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 207 4076877
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Ark Globe Academy opened as a new all through 3-18 academy, specialising in maths and performing arts in September 2008 and moved into new, state of the art facilities in September 2010.

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