The Company and the Role:
The company is an ever-growing fresh food business providing bespoke contract catering services to the education and business sectors
They believe in making food a pleasurable and appealing part of school life which adds value to the reputation and, above all, something that the pupils, staff and visitors will enjoy. They understand that their food service needs to reflect the high standards of education provided to the pupils and that it should become an integrated part of the whole school experience.
They are looking for a food focused Product Development Chef who has both a strong focus and a passion for amazing food. This role is full time, permanent and nominally based in Middlesex near Heathrow Airport although there will be travel across the South of the country and as far North as Birmingham.
If the crazy hours of being a restaurant chef aren’t really your bag, this could be a good move. As Product Development Chef, you will escape the heat of a restaurant kitchen for the more measured, but competitive world of big business.
Key Features of the Role:
Lead development of the food standards and offer as Development Chef to cover the South of England area.
A big part of this role will be assisting the Food Development Director achieving innovative and high-quality food in line with the service values of the company.
Having great financial skills and be able to demonstrate an overall understanding of how to cost recipes and innovate.
Being a company that supply’s multi sites you will need to be flexible and understanding as it is a very mobile position as travel will be a big part of your responsibilities with units based in Birmingham, Reading, London and the Kent area which may also require you to work away from home for short periods of time.
Knowledge and Skills Required:
To be successful in this role you will need to have experience of catering for large numbers, ideally in the Education sector as either a Head Chef or Exec Chef.
Proven track record able to demonstrate excellent catering, team building, training and customer service skills.
Live close to or easily commutable to the Heathrow airport area as well as a clean driving licence as it's a requirement for this role as it involves a lot of travelling.
May be required to work away from home for a period, all expenses will be looked after
Have your finger on the pulse with regard to food trends and able to produce innovative and seasonal food.
Able to plan meticulously and have an eye for detail and head for project managing.
Have a stable and progressive career to date and still show ambition and thrive in a work hard culture.
Be a strong ideas person and team player.
Able to understand the Customer requirements, regulations, product and procedures.
Have experience of creating specification sheets.
What’s on Offer?
£35,000 Per Annum
Great working hours, Mainly Monday – Friday but may be required to work weekends when requested, 40 – 45 hours per week
25 days holiday a year plus Bank and Public holidays
Full time, permanent role
Accommodation and expenses covered
Mileage allowance for the first 10,000 miles
Applicants Please Note:
Do not apply for this vacancy unless you are an experienced Development Chef or a Strong Head Chef with a solid working background with a strong desire to become a Development Chef.
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