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Working in a professional kitchen will require confidence to demonstrate technical skills under time pressures and with stringent service requirements. You will need stamina, a sense of humour, the flexibility to take on any task and the ability to work effectively in a team. All current vacancies are listed here.

‘Leiths students have become an integral part of the business. It’s a relationship I hope will continue as we build our business and in return I hope to offer the students from Leiths an exciting entry into the life of a fast-paced London kitchen. Watching a student grow into a true professional gives me great pleasure.’
Robin G.

TOMMY BANKS - summer events at Lords
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various dates/Lords Cricket Ground NW8

Tommy Banks has a number of events this summer, three of which will be at Lords Cricket Ground. He is looking to recruit two or three budding chefs to help at these events where they will gain valuable industry experience in a fast-paced environment.

Dates:

1-6 June: New Zealand 5 day test

13-15 July: India One Day International

16-20 August: South Africa 5 day test

Format: Breakfast at 11am; 5 course taster menu for lunch at 12.30pm; afternoon tea at 4pm; after match snacks at 5/6pm

Accommodation can be provided for any candidates interested who are outside London.

AVE MARIO, Covent Garden - Commis Pastry Chef
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immediate start/Covent Garden

Ave Mario is one of the Italian restaurants in the Big Mamma Group. They are looking for fans of traditional Italian cuisine, with a desire to realise professional ambitions within a large brigade. If you are a Commis Pastry Chef with a passion for high quality Italian and a great attitude, they would love to hear from you. Benefits include a welcome bonus of £1,000 as well as career opportunities within the Group.

THE GOOD PLOT - Westbourne Grove
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immediate start/W11

Independent coffee shop and restaurant in Notting Hill looking for a passionate chef. Open from Tuesday to Sunday 8 to 5, evenings only for private events, we offer an all-day brunch menu that changes seasonally.

Connected to a farm in Hampshire the main concept is to create delicious food from top quality, sustainably grown ingredients. The candidate should have knowledge of the basic techniques including pastry and baking. Experience is not a must but an enthusiastic mind with an understanding of sustainability, respect for ingredients and reducing food waste are. We are open both to freelancer and full-time contract position.

Benefits: work - life balance, meals at work, 50% discount in store, uniform provided, a great kitchen team to learn from and a friendly and chilled atmosphere.

NEWLYNS COOKERY SCHOOL - Chef Tutor/Manager
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June 2022 start/Hook, Hampshire

This family run business has been producing great food in the heart of Hampshire for four generations with the fifth waiting in the wings! There is a 500 acre traditional mixed farm plus award winning Farm Shop, bustling Farm Café and Cookery School.

The cookery school is looking for a fulltime Tutor/Manager to lead. You will have 1-2 years restaurant/catering experience, be classically trained and will ideally have had some teaching experience. The school uses fantastic produced from the adjoining farm shop and showcases the best possible ingredients. There is plenty of opportunity to develop new classes.

LUNE + WILD - Kitchen Manager
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March 2022 start/Nine Elms

Lune + Wild create nutritious food for babies and young children that is kind to the planet in order to help parents raise curious and confident eaters, by nurturing a love of plant-rich food for life. All dishes are paediatric dietician approved so that a growing child's development is supported.

The role is for a permanent full-time kitchen manager, a confident chef with experience in food production and management. Minimum Level 2 Food Safety; 45 hours per week with standard benefits.


OCADO RETAIL - Food Stylist - Permanent or Part-time Permanent
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February 2022 start/Hatfield AL10

Ocado Retail is looking for a permanent or part-time permanent food stylist who will work on a range of food shoots. This will probably be 3 days per week. The stylist will work with their art directors and photographers to create mouth-watering visuals that meet brand guidelines and have a digital-first approach.

Open to any experience level but a can-do and creative attitude is paramount.

RETREAT CHEF - Aura-Soma Academy
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February start/Tetford, LN9

The Retreat Cook is in charge of the all-important food programme at Dev Aura. Dev Aura is a beautifully restored country rectory, the residential training centre for Aura-Soma Academy. As the course schedule permits, Dev Aura is also offered as a conference and course venue for other organisations. Approximately 25 people can be accommodated there. Seasonal vegetarian meals are made with their own biodynamically grown vegetables and herbs from Dev Aura's gardens as well as their 500 acre farm and neighbouring organic farms. Healthy, delicious food is at the heard of people's experience, so the position is very creative.

Most retreats are 2-8 days long and are typically 20-30 people. CHef will pan creative, vegetarian menus highlighting seasonal produce; source food from local farms, keeping local; prepare and present delicious meals being willing to share how they are sourced and prepared with guests; cater to special diets; serve food in a timely way and with a keen eye on managing budgets.

The work schedule is arranged around the retreat calendar, so there are intensely busy periods followed by blocks of time off, so flexibility around this is key. Accommodation can be provided.

THE IDLE ROCKS - St Mawes
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immediate start/St Mawes, Cornwall

The Idle Rocks at St Mawes is looking to recruit a Commis Chef. You will report to the Head Chef and Sous Chef and will be responsible for all mise en place on your section, and junior staff. You will have an NVQ or Diploma in Professional Cookery and will have worked in a similar establishment which was at 2AA Rosette. Personal attributes will be a great personality, relaxed and kind-tempered; proactive and independent worker who reacts to the needs of the hotel and guests; keen to develop within the company. You will develop close working relationships with all departments, colleagues and managers; you will work closely with the Head Chef in developing strong links with the local community, offering programmed placement opportunities and incentives for students to join on a full or part-time basis; ensure all delegated controls are recorded and evaluated; maintain high standards of hygiene; keep a tight control over wastage.

Full job description available on request.

CIRCOLO POPLARE, Fitzrovia - Experienced CDP
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February start/W1

Chef with experience as a CDP and with knowledge of Italian cuisine is sought for opulent Italian restaurant, Circolo Popolare. Benefits include career opportunities, referral scheme, employee discounts, company events, internal and external mobility and £1000 welcome bonus.

If you are passionate about authentic Italian cuisine and produce brought in from Italian suppliers and have ambition to be a Head Chef this could be the opportunity for you.

ASSISTANT HEAD CHEF - Edible Food Design
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February start/Battersea SW11

Catering company with its own cafe is looking for a fulltime assistant head chef to join the team at their production kitchen 5 days per week plus overtime. Ideally, you will have a Diploma level qualification, but a passion for cooking, willingness to learn and a can-do attitude goes a long way. For preference, you are based near the kitchen in Battersea reach.

EXPERIENCED FULLTIME RECIPE DEVELOPER
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immediate start/N7

A highly skilled and experienced fulltime recipe developer is required to join a busy team.

REGISTRAR - Leiths School of Food and Wine
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February start/W14


Leiths School of Food and Wine in West London is recruiting a Registrar for its professional courses. The role would suit someone who is:

• A good communicator with a friendly, professional manner

• Well organised with great attention to detail

• Has great IT skills (must be proficient in use of Excel)

As registrar you would be responsible for managing the process by which we recruit, enrol and administrate our professional students. Your role would include:

• Following up on student interviews: Answering emails and telephone questions

• Enrolling students

• Preparing invoices and collecting fees from students

• Preparing reports on bookings and outstanding debts

• Preparing student data reports for internal and external use (including date needed for school inspections).

• Liaising with the finance team regarding student numbers and outstanding fees

• Providing students with all information before joining (including uniforms etc)

• Dealing with visa applications for non E.U. students (UKVI)

• Liaising with the marketing team – providing data for promotions

• Taking the lead in implementing a new student database

The successful candidate will:

• Be confident and experienced using Excel

• Have achieved strong Maths and English GCSE/O’level grades

Also desirable but not essential would be:

• Any experience with Accounts software (Sage or other) or training would be given to the successful candidate

• Any accounts department experience

Applications by 25th January 2022

HR MANAGER - Leiths School of Food and Wine
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February/March start/W14

A Senior HR Officer is sought for Leiths School of Food and Wine, a renowned West London cooking school. This is a new position and will suit a confident professional with a strong administration background and experience in the HR set-up of a small/medium sized business.

All functions are being managed by existing staff and you would start with a review of the current provision. You would make recommendations to improve the efficiency and structure of the process and put the agreed plan into action. Peninsula HR is in place to provide further information and support.

The successful candidate will be someone who relishes being part of a team and is able to initiate improvements. They will work as part of the wider Leiths team to support managers and other staff and ensure all systems follow best industry practice.


Full job description on application.
Applications by 8th February 2022

Delicatessen & Bakery in Wimbledon Park - Deli Chef
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immediate start/SW19

Deli owner in Wimbledon Park is looking for a chef to join their high profile, fast-paced kitchen. The role involves preparing and baking cakes, sweets, croissants and danish pastries, maintaining the highest level of hygiene, managing orders and food costs. The role also involves sourdough baking; cooking Italian meals (pasta, soups, pizzas, salads, desserts, snacks etc). The chef will take ownership of a small kitchen, keeping cleaning standards high and running the kitchen smoothly. A fast and avid learner, the chef must be professionally trained, organised and passionate about food, flexible and with a can-do attitude. The chef will be immaculately presented at all times. Head Chef and owner has worked in Italy and London in Michelin-star restaurants for the past 12 years before opening the deli in November 2020.

Benefits include no evenings or nights; possibility of weekends off; no seats on the premises, so no restaurant service.

PETERLEY MANOR FARM - Great Missenden - Chef
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immediate start/HP16

Family run farm shop, cafe and event space is looking for a chef to join the team. Ideally you will have some professional kitchen experience, but it doesn't need to be extensive. Most important is a great attitude and a willingness to get stuck in and work hard. You will have a passion for their farm to fork ethos and seasonality. Some interest in pastry and cakes is a plus, but the chef will be doing a bit of everything.

FINNS OF CHELSEA - Assistant Chef
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immediate start/Chelsea

Finns is looking for a fulltime assistant chef - but could also be a part-time position for the right candidate - someone who would be interested in splitting their time between the kitchen and the shop/office.

Finns is also looking for someone to cook and head up the catering side of the business, who would start in the kitchen and have the scope to really make that particular role their own.

THE TIN SHED - Notting Hill
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January start/W11

The Tin Shed Notting Hill has two positions available.

Mostly daytime hours with busy weekends, so Saturday and Sunday working is essential. Would suit someone with a passion for cooking, who wants to build their experience. The cafe serves traditional breakfasts and brunches as well as creating a weekly specials list. Private evening events and supperclubs provide opportunities for creating menus and increasing earnings. Closed for 10 days at Christmas and all of August for the holidays.

• The family owned cafe/restaurant is searching for an experienced chef to help grow our menu, develop evening supper clubs and cater for private events.
Do you have ambition, creativity, attention to detail and a passion for great dishes? We have exciting plans to develop new aspects of our business.

• We are also looking for a trainee chef, willing to learn and develop their skills while working as part of our small kitchen team.



PIQUE catering - Permanent Prep Chef
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immediate start/Earlsfield

Female-led company, specialising in luxury fresh food hampers and picnics as well as being one fo the leading caterers from top brands' location shoots, is looking for a full-time prep chef Monday - Friday with the occasional weekend day. Brand new kitchen by the river in Earlsfield. Ideally candidates will have experience working in a professional setting, whether that be a cafe/deli, catering company or restaurant.

Chef for Sailing Charter in the Caribbean
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imminent start/Caribbean

Sailing charter based in the US & British Virgin Islands, running 7 day all inclusive charters, is looking for a chef to join the team.

The boat operates with a crew of three; Captain, Mate and Chef. No yachting experience is required for the right candidate, just a positive attitude, strong work ethic and a desire to learn.

Twin Flame offers active charters; with a focus on water sports, adventure and healthy lifestyle. The team is looking for a young professional chef who has the ability to take on full ownership of cooking meals for 10 people for a week at a time. Flexibility is key for the right candidate as well as time management and organizational skills.

Charter seasons run from October to August.

What is on offer:

Full Salary (DOE)

Gratuity for every charter

Onboard Expenses Covered

Start date for this position is flexible. Interviews will be conducted throughout the season as their calendar permits.

Additional skills that are desired but not essential

Vegan/Veggie Experience

Yoga

Foiling

Scuba

CAMDEN HILL LAWN TENNIS CLUB - needs Junior Sous
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January start/Notting Hill

Private members sports club situated in Notting Hill serving seasonal European cuisine with top quality ingredients, genuinely good work life balance with a 40-hour week, 5 shifts over 7 days and competitive salary.

Looking for a strong all-round chef who can demonstrate the following

• Good attitude and a passion for food

• Ambition and willingness to learn

• Be at home in a small team

• Ability to move about the kitchen as needed from pastry to sauce to grill

• Working unsupervised and organising own prep.

Benefits

• Competitive salary in relaxed, friendly environment

• 5 shifts over 40 hours

• 20 days holiday + bank holidays

• Genuine good work life balance

• Flexible shifts with opportunity to work both day and evening shifts

• Unique opportunity to develop recipes and plating techniques

• Unlimited food and coffee

• Supplier trips

• Competitive salary

Maison Estelle - CDP
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immediate start/W1

Private members' club in central London is looking to hire a CDP. 30 hours per week minimum guaranteed, average hours 48. Great incentives; health cash plan; lots of opportunity to develop your skills and progress internally.

FIDELIO - chef required
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immediate start/EC1

Fidelio is a cultural organisation that brings hospitality together with music, literature and the creative arts. The events are usually attended by high profile artists, actors, public figures and there is often the chance to experience remarkable music-making at close quarters with the best classical musicians on the scene. Fidelio is looking for a young chef to train and become the food identity of the venue.

The ideal candidate will have a couple of years experience working in a commercial kitchen and be capable of running catering events other than managing an a la carte menu of Mediterranean modern food for the classical concert series. You will be an independent and keen young chef who wants to build a personal brand out of a central London restaurant.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND SHOOTING GROUNDS - needs chefs
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immediate start/Middlesex

Looking for enthusiastic and positive chefs to join the team at the Holland & Holland Grounds.

This is a brilliant opportunity for a chef to come and gain career growth and experience whilst maintaining a great work/life balance with great renumeration packages.

We have a fine dining restaurant as well as a casual dining lounge and corporate events. Using the best of British ingredients this is an exciting opportunity to work alongside a happy, experienced team.

Set in incredible grounds just outside of central London, perfect for anyone looking to see something different from central London kitchens.

Closed Sunday and Monday

7 shifts per week

Experience in a good restaurant or catering company is preferable. Super positive attitude and love of cooking and fine ingredients. We want anyone who will come in a support the team, whilst adding pasison and enjoyment to their role.

THE CARPENTER'S ARMS - Hammersmith
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immediate start/W6

Award winning independent gastro pub in Hammersmith is looking for passionate and talented chefs to join the kitchen. Best seasonal ingredients from small artisan supplier and a menu that changes daily. The right candidates will be keen to learn and to work hard.

ETM GROUP has vacancies
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immediate start/various locations

The Jugged Hare, EC1 - Head Chef, Senior Sous, Junior Sous, Night Chef, CDP, Commis

Aviary, EC2 - Pastry Chef and Senior CDP

Broadleaf, EC2 - CDP and Junior Sous

The Botanist, EC2 - Head Chef, Sous, Junior Sous, CDP

THE CLOCK TOWER CAFE, Sidmouth
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November start/Sidmouth, Devon

The new owners of the Clock Tower Cafe are looking to bring seasonally inspired dishes to the heart of the local community within an initial focus on brunch, lunch and cake before expanding to pop-up events and evenings as they establish themselves in the community and build their reputation. Perched on a clifftop garden, this is a unique location.

If you are ready for some autonomy in the kitchen and believe you have what it takes to help set a fun and exciting tone for a new business with the ambition to become one of the must visit places in East Devon, this could be for you.

Full job description on application. Proprietor is Leiths graduate.

MORTIMER HOUSE - positions available
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immediate start/Fitzrovia

Mortimer House works to the philsophy of Work Well, Live Well, Be Well. A co-working space and members club in the heart of Fitzrovia, 5 minutes from Oxford Circus, the space comprises 1 restaurant, 3 bars, rooftop terrace, members club, gym, 2 private dining rooms and multiple events spaces. Mortimer House Kitchen is a neighbourhood public restaurant, bar and terrace where honest Italian cooking takes inspiration from the Middle East via the Mediterranean. Service goes through from breakfast to cocktails to late-night dinners.

Positions available: Pastry Chef and Chef de Partie

You will live and breathe hospitality, be passionate, energetic and ambitious; charismatic and chatty. £300 signing bonus, Christmas off, guaranteed hours and at least 2 days off together; SmartTech and Cycle To Work schemes; refer-a-friend scheme; access to delicious on shift meals, a bottomless fruit bowl and 50% discount of F&B onsite; reward and discounts platform; local business partnership discounts; tailored career development and fabulous staff parties.

THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND - CDP and Commis Chefs required
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immediate start/Marylebone

The Italian Greyhound is looking to hire a CDP and Commis chef. 48 hours per week; one-to-one training with Head Chef Yohei Furuhashi, formerly of The River Cafe and Petersham Nurseries.

FED AND WATERED looking for talented chefs
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immediate start/W3

A popular neighbourhood restaurant serving 5* food, is looking for ambitious and creative chefs to join a talented team. Head Chef is a Master Chef in the making. Having worked for some of the best chefs out there including James Cochrane (Great British Menu Winner), Jason Atherton, Simon Rogan and Tom Simmons, he is bringing his creativity and enthusiasm to create a dining experience to remember. It's a small kitchen with a big personality, striving to make a difference when it comes to kitchen attitudes.

If you are West London based and want the opportunity to learn from a talented bunch of chefs in a vibrant and busy hub with regular local clientele this could be your next step in the industry.

POTS FOR TOTS - food delivery for toddlers and young children
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immediate start/Vauxhall

Pots for Tots is a home-made food delivery service, specifically for mums and dads with toddlers or young children. High quality, healthy food is prepared for you and delivered straight to your door. Initially looking for an assistant chef 2 days per week, with the potential for more hours as the business grows. You will be competent at cooking traditional dishes such as lasagne, fish pie, cottage pie, risotto etc. You will be happy to follow recipes, to stock check and order ingredients, and to help wherever needed as with any start-up.

HAWKSMOOR restaurants - various roles
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immediate start/various locations

Hawksmoor restaurants pride themselves on offering great career opportunities with generous pay and benefits, award-winning restaurants and bars, and creating a happy workforce (as voted by the people who work there). Hawksmoor has been recognised as one of the top companies to work for in the UK by Best Companies every year for the past decade.

Hawksmoor is looking for talented and passionate Pastry, Demi, Commis and Senior CDPs to join the kitchen teams. You'll be working with amazing produce from some of the best suppliers in the country; and alongside talented chefs led by Executive Chef Matt Brown - who has been Head Chef of two 3 Michelin starred restaurants.

Tigre Tacos Food Truck at London Bridge
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immediate start/London Bridge

A great opportunity to join a fast growing company, working with fresh high quality produce. Previous experience working with all things fish, seafood and Mexican ingredients is preferable but not essential. Fulltime positions available for both food truck and fixed kitchens.

THE HUNTER'S MOON and new opening GANYMEDE looking for chefs of all levels
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immediate start/SW1

The Lunar Pub Company, co-founded by former Chez Bruce chef Oliver Marlowe, is looking for chefs at all levels for Hunter's Moon and at Ganymede, their new opening in Belgravia. Happy to consider new graduates or those with some commercial kitchen experience.