Head Chef Manager, Nottingham, NG2
Salary: £24000 per annum
Location: Nottingham, NG2
Contract: Fixed Term, extension possible
Hours: Full-time – 37.5 hours/week, 8 am to 4pm, some Saturday and Bank Holiday working may be required
Benefits: 25 days holiday, pro-rata, 5% Employer Pension Contribution including Life Cover, Occupational Sick Pay Benefits & Enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity Leave and Pay, plus more
Reporting to: Project Manager
Are you a creative and passionate Chef/Kitchen Manager looking for a new ground breaking challenge? Do you hate food waste and want to see that redirected to people struggling to access good food? This is a unique role which will allow you to fulfil your passion for cooking, whilst utilising/growing your kitchen management experience, helping reduce food waste and serving local community needs.
FareShare Midlands is embarking on a ground-breaking, innovative project turning surplus food into meals and ingredients for vulnerable people, and we need a Head Chef/Kitchen Manager to lead the kitchen team making this happen.
Like the supply of surplus food to FareShare Midlands, no two shifts will be the same. Every day new food will arrive, and together your team-mates, which will include volunteers, corporate volunteers and people on an employability journey, you will create delicious meals for our charity members to get to local people in need.
We continue to strive to ensure that the profile of our staff and volunteers reflects the diverse communities we serve across the Midlands. As such we encourage and welcome applications from all our diverse communities.
About FareShare Midlands
FareShare Midlands is the region’s largest food redistribution charity, fighting food poverty and hunger by tackling waste. We source good quality food that is surplus to requirements from retailers and manufacturers. We rely on an army of volunteers to help redistribute this food to 550 frontline charities such as school breakfast clubs, community centres and organisations supporting those who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated and recovering from addiction. These organisations provide meals and food parcels to more than 35,000 vulnerable people every week. Find out more by visiting the website.
This is a new and exciting role at the heart of a ground-breaking, innovative project turning surplus food into meals and ingredients for vulnerable people in local communities across the Midlands.
As a Head Chef, you will have responsibility for the daily activities at our dedicated, external catering kitchen. You’ll be responsible for the operation and organisation of the kitchen by setting daily production levels and guidelines and delegating them to the team. Kitchen activities will be supported by a team of brilliant volunteers, some of whom may have additional needs, and a Co-ordinator. As Head Chef, you’ll demonstrate effective management by flexing between coaching and directive leadership to get the best of out of them and the operation.
Your skills and knowledge in culinary arts and enthusiasm for our mission will be shown in the types of meals you and your team create. You’ll work directly with a Kitchen Assistant and a diverse team of volunteers and will engage and facilitate them in the safe, effective and efficient preparation of meals.
In the FareShare Kitchen you will:
- Be responsible for delivering and maintaining high standards throughout all activities. Take a hands-on approach for planning, ordering, preparing, cooking and packaging food to a high-quality; pushing for high production volumes to maximise the amount of surplus that’s transformed into valued products.
- Lead your team by example, keeping them involved and motivated. Help them feel empowered, supported and confident; to produce great results with a diverse skillset.
- Ensure that all standards and procedures for Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, COSHH and HACCP are established, in-line with the organisation’s manual and complied by the whole team.
- Be creative in all cooking activities to deliver outstanding results, producing useful, valued food products and nutritious, delicious and culturally appropriate meals for our community food groups.
- Oversee the safe and appropriate packaging, labelling, product specification and recording of prepared foods for onwards distribution.
- Have a firm grip of the operating budget and costs, always striving to find efficient solutions, whilst supporting the project team to evidence the true cost of cooking with surplus foods.
- Line-manage the newly recruited Kitchen Co-ordinator; guiding them to best practice and encouraging their personal development.
- Reporting to the project team, you’ll directly support the collection of learnings, feedback ideas and trial all opportunities to grow the project into a sustainable operating model.
Person Specification: Skills, Qualities & Experience
- Hold City & Guilds/NVQ/SVQ or equivalent to a minimum of level 3, with the ability to develop and deliver effective training to maintain consistent standards throughout the team.
- Minimum 2-years relevant experience in large catering kitchens, cooking fresh produce. Preferably experience across different kitchens within the food industry.
- Demonstrable knowledge and track record of implementing Food Safety procedures and managing HACCP.
- Awareness of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and chemical safety.
- Creativity and aptitude in culinary arts, with a wide knowledge of dishes and food production techniques.
- Have a solid understanding of dish engineering and the development of high-volume food and meal production.
- Knowledge of technical food safety, allergen awareness and control, packaging, labelling, product specifications and data logging for the safe distribution of all prepared foods.
- Ability to use own initiative to drive success, working independently and having responsibility as an individual to identify opportunities be creative.
- You should have excellent customer service skills, a passion for cooking and a can do will do attitude.
- You will need to be a strong, energetic and harmonious communicator to build relationships and deliver effective teamwork.
- Experience working with a diverse team, volunteers or people with learning difficulties
- Understanding of how FareShare Midlands operates and its core objectives.
- Passionate about tackling food waste and supporting communities gain better access to food.
- Being multi-skilled and flexible – having the ability to go the extra mile and strive for success
FareShare Midlands is an equal opportunities employer and so at all times you will:
- Be courteous and demonstrate FareShare Midlands Equality and Diversity policy
- Take responsibility for the safety of volunteers who join you
- Support the Volunteer Manager in ensuring all volunteers have a valuable and rewarding experience whilst supporting FareShare Midlands
How to Apply
If you would like to apply for this role, please create a supporting statement to demonstrate your suitability and to explain your interest in both the job and FareShare Midlands. Send your supporting statement with a copy of your CV to
We particularly welcome applications from people from ethnically diverse backgrounds as they are currently under-represented within FareShare Midlands.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st July 2022.