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Job Details
  • 5393
  • Chester Zoo
  • Chester
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • In the region of £20585 to £27378 + attractive package

Chef – Opportunities for various levels of Chefs available

Permanent contract, working sociable hours - 40 hours per week, 5 out of 7 on a rota basis

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?

The Role - Chef

At Chester Zoo we have a number of Food & Beverage outlets catering for a wide range of customers. You could be working in our award-winning gastro pub and event space in The Oakfield, or Junes Food Court where we serve up family friendly classic dishes. Other places you may be working are Bembe Kitchen and Coffee Shop or Manado Kitchen which is our 450 seat outside dining area which serves a range of authentic, South East Asian inspired street food. You could even be working in our modern, purpose-built staff canteen, keeping our hard working employees well fed with hearty, freshly made dishes!

The successful candidates will be required to learn new recipes; cook and serve freshly prepared food to Chester Zoo’s high standards, in line with standard operating procedures and food safety policy, whilst maintaining a clean and safe working environment. You will also be required to follow health and hygiene policies and associated legislation (for example HACCP).

Dependent on the role, you may be required to oversee Kitchen Assistants and other Chefs as well.

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.

The Package

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.

  • Salary ranges from £20,585 to £27,378 dependent on the role
  • 33 days annual leave
  • Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus multiple complimentary tickets for your friends and family
  • Access to healthcare plan
  • Employer contributory pension scheme

Our Requirements - Chef

  • A relevant catering/food preparation qualification such as an NVQ Level 2, or be working/willing to work towards this
  • A Basic Food Hygiene Certificate (Food Safety level 1 or above)
  • Good knowledge of preparing and cooking food from fresh
  • Good understanding of Food Safety laws and procedures
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • A flexible, “can do” attitude and the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to work as part of a small team as well as work independently and use own initiative
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills

Although not essential, the following would be desirable:

  • Experience of supervising others
  • Good computer skills and competency in the use of Microsoft Office programmes

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 Chef role.

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