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Head Chef

Care UK

Job Description

This role is all about co-ordinating all aspects of kitchen production so that food is prepared to the agreed standard and that time deadlines are met

Key Responsibilities

  • To implement and supervise all aspects of kitchen control e.g. menus, hygiene, health and safety, staff, cleaning and waste control.
  • To identify and recruit all grades of staff under your control within the agreed guidelines.
  • To supervise and develop staff using the available company resources, to maximise their potential.
  • To order catering consumables from current nominated suppliers in line with Company
  • Purchasing policy.
  • To have full understanding of H.A.C.C.P, to ensure all staff adhere to H.A.C.C.P and all documentation are completed and sighed are by the appropriate members of staff
  • To complete monthly audits for kitchen reporting any finding to home manager
  • To prepare menus for the nursing home taking into account the content, balance, colour and nutritional values, inline with agreed budget.
  • To consult with residents on a regular basis to ensure that their needs and choices are being met.
  • To prepare special diets for residents as directed by the nursing staff.
  • To maintain the agreed stock levels of food.
  • To implement and maintain an agreed deep cleaning schedule for the kitchen.
  • To carry out stock takes at the end of each month.
  • To implement four weekly rota.
  • To work within agreed budget guidelines on staff costs and consumables and to co-operate in any action necessary so as to keep to budget.
  • To assist in the preparation of function menus and costing.
  • To co-operate with requests from the Home Manager and residents wherever possible.
  • To attend resident/relative meetings whenever possible.
  • To carry out staff supervision adhering to home policies.
  • To complete all staff personal development reviews.

Skills & Experience

  • Significant and relevant high cover kitchen experience
  • Day to day management of a kitchen team, including staff meetings
  • Proven competency in nutritionally balanced menu planning
  • Ability to cater for specific dietary needs
  • Efficient ordering and record keeping
  • Stock control
  • Working within a budget
  • Proven communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • Self motivated, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Works collaboratively with others sharing ideas and information at all times
  • bility to maintain staff discipline and morale
  • Has the ability to delegate stretching responsibilities to develop people
  • Effectively builds trust with a consistent approach between actions and words
  • Has the ability to raise standards through innovation and new ideas
  • Will take responsibility for issues and resolve them.


  • GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths
  • Catering Diploma (City & Guilds/BTEC)
  • Health and Safety and Food Hygiene Certificates
  • Where you'll work
  • We offer a friendly residential home together with a day club for older people in the local area.

    Whitebourne is a modern, purpose-designed care home set in a quiet residential area of Frimley in Surrey. We provide residential, respite and end of life care for older people, including individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

    There’s a very positive, friendly and fun atmosphere at Whitebourne. We have a strong focus on activities and we cater for each individual’s personal interests with lots of one-to-one activities. We also encourage residents to get out and about by taking walks every day.

    Residents get involved in the home's daily life, including the decisions we make about what the home and gardens look like. When we redecorated, residents worked with an interior designer and a professional decorator to choose the colours they wanted. And when we did the garden, residents chose the plants they liked.

    Our day club has its own facilities and activities programme, but day guests  are also welcome to take part in activities at the home – and residents can spend time at the day club and join in with things there too.

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