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How would you like to work in a truly unique environment, working across a variety of food and beverage outlets, where you can use your existing skills and continue to develop under the leadership of our Head Chefs?
We are looking for an experienced Lead Chef on a temporary basis to cover a period of maternity leave. Our Chefs manage the day-to-day running of our kitchens, reporting to our Executive Head Chefs and mentoring our junior Chef team. You’ll prepare and cook food working across a variety of food and beverage outlets, where no two days will be the same! You could be working in our authentic Southeast Asian inspired Manado Street Kitchen, which serves Indonesian food for up to 450 people; other outlets at the zoo include a variety of restaurants serving traditional family favourites, as well as coffee shops, kiosks, staff canteen and a picnic parlour.
As a Lead Chef you will:
What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work?
As the UK’s biggest and best zoo, we have ambitious goals, exciting plans, and there’s always lots going on here. We’re an inclusive and diverse organisation, made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members, and we know how important it is to invest in our colleagues to help boost their career development. We have ambitious goals, and we want you to be with us for the long term on our exciting journey.
Our futures depend on the sustainable work we do today, and our team of Chefs are conscious that every little effort counts. We work alongside the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil to ensure all palm oil used is certified sustainable, and during 2018 our food and beverage department removed over 2 million pieces of plastic from our operation.
You’ll be working sociable hours typically during zoo opening hours which are generally between 10am and 6pm, although evening or early morning work will be required for events such as weddings or corporate functions. Contract hours are 40 per week, 5 days out of 7 on a rota basis including weekends and bank holidays and overtime will be paid for agreed additional hours.
Although not essential, the following would be desirable:
More About Us
We’re not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals inside 128 acres of stunning gardens. We’re not just the UK’s most popular zoo. We’re a major wildlife charity that’s committed to the recovery of endangered species, globally. And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, we’re making a hugely significant contribution to conservation at a time when it’s needed most. We are Chester Zoo and we prevent extinction.
How To Apply
To apply for this position, please click the ‘apply’ button on this page where you’ll be redirected to the vacancy on the Chester Zoo website. You will then be required to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for this Lead Chef role.
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