Sous Chef

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  • 4174
  • Chester Zoo
  • Chester
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • £26,516.71 plus a range of amazing benefits

Sous Chef

Permanent contract, 40 hours per week

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to prevent extinction, from caring for animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and, despite all the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us, we still want to be the best zoo in the world! If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for an experienced and talented Sous Chef to join us. You will report to the Executive Head Chef, and manage The Oakfield Back of House Team, ensuring the day to day preparation and production of great food, and delivery of a seamless service to the Front of House.

The Sous Chef role:

  • Manage the day to day running of The Oakfield kitchen, deputise for the Executive Head Chef in their absence and act as the first point of contact for the Back of House Team
  • Train and mentor a Chef team, to ensure they can train and mentor other kitchen staff, thus ensuring an effective and efficient work practice and delivery of an end customer service
  • Work collaboratively with the Front of House Team to ensure seamless delivery and a world class customer service
  • Devise and deliver on-trend gastro pub and event menus ahead of competition
  • Produce food for customers of The Oakfield bar, restaurant and events to the highest standards in order to maximise profit and deliver a world class experience
  • Adhere to, and ensure team members adhere to, policies, standard operating procedures and safe working practices including food safety systems, and ensure that The Oakfield kitchen and team are clean and well presented at all times   
  • Follow health and hygiene policies and associated legislation completing all associated paperwork on shift in an accurate and timely manner. Carry out spot check audits and provide training where required
  • Ensure the team are trained to correctly stock on a day to day basis, are able to place orders in a timely fashion, accept deliveries, ensuring they are correct and rotate stock as required. Ensure the Executive Head Chef has notification of changing menus and new order requirements

The ideal candidate for this Sous Chef role will have:

  • Demonstrable chef experience in a high-volume business, preferably a leading British Gastro Pub
  • An excellent understanding of current gastro and event food and trends
  • Experience of leading a chef team
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Stock handling experience
  • Level 3 Food Safety preferable
  • Good COSHH understanding and workplace application
  • Good HACCP understanding and workplace application
  • Good communication and coaching skills
  • A flexible attitude to work

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, 5 days out of 7 on a rota basis including weekends and bank holidays. As guests primarily visit during the day, this is when you will spend most of your time here, but some evening working will also be required when we are holding private events and functions when the Zoo is closed to the general public.

The salary for this position is £26,516.71 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found on the Chester Zoo careers page.

To apply for this Sous Chef 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 Sous Chef role.

Closing date for applications is 18th October 2020.

Shortlisting of applications and interviews for the role will take place while the advert is live; the advert will close once the successful candidate is found. Interested candidates are therefore encouraged to submit applications as quickly as possible.

All applications for this Sous Chef role are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submission.

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