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‘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.

BRUNCH CHEF - for Luxury Wine Bar - Wanstead
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immediate start/E11

Chef required immediately for this luxury wine bar group. Hours will be 11am-4pm Friday-Sunday. The chef will provide a high-end service, creative presentation and will be an excellent communicator. There is an exceptional wine list and the food offer will be expected to match it in quality, service and style.

In addition, there is an ongoing consultancy role for someone to advice the group for 2-3 days per month.

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November start/Abu Dhabi

Commis Chefs needed to take up a one year contract in a new restaurant opening in Abu Dhabi focusing on modern Mediterranean cuisine. Looking for newly qualified chefs to experience life in the Middle East and gain valuable pre-opening experience under a Michelin-experienced Chef Patron. 50 hours per week; £1800 per month tax free; accommodation; 30 days holiday plus 15 public holiday days.

THE PRINT HOUSE, Tenterden - Chef position
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mid-June start/TN30

The Print House in Tenterden, Kent is looking for a chef experienced in running a small kitchen of 40 covers and two sittings. The kitchen has two other staff members and food is cooked fresh and seasonally using local produce. There is a set menu but plenty of opportunity to develop. Accommodation is available.

Seasonal Chef - KILCHRENAN INN, West Coast Scotland
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May/June start/PA35

A seasonal or permanent role to suit the applicant, the Kilchrenan Inn operates a simple seasonal menu with dishes prepared fresh daily in the kitchen. A fantastic opportunity to work in a stunning location with high quality local produce in a venue gaining national recognition for its standard of food and service. Great rewards and training given. The Inn has been voted on of Scotland's 15 best pubs by the Good Pub Guide 2021. Accommodation is provided in a boutique static caravan close to the shore of Loch Awe and with great views of the hills and its own log burning stove. The town of Oban with its shops, bars, restaurants and ferry service to the islands is 30 mins drive away. You will be a driver with your own vehicle.

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Aug/Sept start/TRURO

The Cookery School Assistant provides practical and operational support to assist with the delivery of academic and commercial cookery to students, staff and visitors. You will work as part of a busy team to support delivery of high-quality cookery courses for both Truro School and the wider community. A full job description is available upon application.

Cafe Chef - Berkhamsted, Herts
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August start/Berkhamsted

Permanent, full-time chef sought for a cafe/deli. You will be as happy front of house talking about the food and ingredients to customers as you are in the kitchen putting together delicious dishes. More importance is placed on passion and dedication than experience. Hours will be 8am to 6pm with statutory holidays.

PIQUE FOOD - Prep Chef
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Immediate start/SW18

Pique Food is looking for a full-time permanent prep chef or happy to consider a four-month fixed term contract. Pique Food is a catering company that focuses on picnics, picnic events and catering deliveries. It is a growing brand that has been featured in most national publications. Pique creates beautifully presented, flavour-packed food, for a range of picnic menus, catering platters or shoot location breakfasts and lunches. They are in the process of fitting out a Deli/Cafe in Battersea so there are opportunities here too. The kitchen is spacious, new and just off the river Wandle and opposite some allotments - so an idyllic setting for a catering kitchen.

Open to all levels of experience and training will be provided - but key things are positive attitude, good work ethic, passion and ability to work efficiently.

40-45 hours per week; 2-3 half days at the weekend each month

EAT CLUB - Session Leaders
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summer start/around London

Eat Club is a pan London charity that delivers bespoke cooking courses for young people in community kitchens (youth clubs, hostels, church rooms etc) to instill culinary skills for life, improve physical and mental wellbeing through food and to foster a sense of community in disadvantaged young Londoners. The charity is looking to expand its team of professionally trained chefs ahead of the summer holidays and the new academic year in September.

Session Leaders strive to deliver successful sessions that enable participants to learn how to prepare healthy, affordable and delicious food in a welcoming, clean, safe and enjoyable environment. Session Leaders are provided with training, support and teaching materials relevant to the tasks and responsibilities associated with the role. You will have excellent organisational and time-keeping skills; excellent people skills able to inspire, engage.

Full job description available on application.

BUCHANANS Cheesemonger
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immediate start/W2

At Buchanans Cheesemonger the aim is to source, age and sell some of the best cheese in London. Passionate about cheese, fine food and hospitality, Buchanans is looking for an enthusiastic cheesemonger to join the team. This is an opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of a young, award-winning business. It is a varied role across the wholesale and retail business. It is a full-time role, including weekend work.

You will be responsible for preparing cheese orders for despatch to wholesale customers; working with the Cellar Manager to condition the cheese to the highest standard; cleaning and completing paperwork in compliance with HACCP systems; serving retail customers in the shop.

You will ideally have some experience in the fine food industry; be comfortable with a client-facing role; be physically fit as it's a demanding job and you will need to be prepared to lift heavy cheese and work in refrigerated maturing rooms. There is full on-the-job training and supplier visits; discounts on cheese and wine.

Salary £25K

GRACE & SKYE CATERING - various roles
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immediate start/Crystal Palace

A female-led catering company that's expanding quickly is looking for freelance chefs to join the team. They mainly provide catering for high-end fashion shoots, music videos and films as well as canape events and supperclubs. They are looking to build their team and to hire a strong Head Chef to lead it.

INHOUSE ASSISTANT CHEF - Design and Architect Practice
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end May start/Hammersmith

A design and architect practice based in Hammersmith is looking to hire a recent graduate to take on the role of assistant chef working under the Head Chef, a Leiths alumnus.

The purpose of the role is to produce wholesome, high calibre meals for a growing office currently 106, every lunchtime along with putting together special evening client dinners throughout the year. Responsibilities include planning menus, managing stock, working to a budget and with good systems of food safety and hygiene. Other aspects of the role require working closely with other parts of the company in particular the branding and marketing department for PR and communications purposes

Starting salary would be £25,000 p/a.

Training provided.

Perks of the job include mostly daytime hours; PMI, Pension, Cashplan, Yoga, PT, Discretionary bonus, £750 annual training budget after pass probation

CHEF TUTOR - Abinger Cookery School
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May start/RH5

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Chef Tutor to join our small team at The Abinger Cookery School, located between Dorking and Guildford. We teach an array of 1 day courses and some evening courses to enthusiastic amateurs who wish to learn new skills, tips and techniques. We also specialize in 5 day chalet courses for students who want to do ski seasons as well as running 5 day residential Gold DofE classes a number of weeks during the year. The Cookery School also offers Weber Grill Academy courses, taught by our chefs. At the Abinger Cookery School we love to pass on our passion for food and cooking to all our students and believe in hands-on teaching that is friendly and fun. All our classes are taught in our well-equipped, modern kitchens at the school. Most of our produce that we use at the cookery school is sourced locally.

This is a full-time role as part of our teaching team at the cookery school. Training will be given about each of our courses.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Class planning – planning cookery classes
  • Recipe writing & development
  • Teaching – our chefs teach all of our courses so you will teach 1 day courses, evening courses when on, (usually twice a month on a Thursday), the 5 day Chalet cooks course and the Gold DofE courses when on.
  • Weber Grill Academy – The Abinger holds a number of Weber Grill Academy courses, taught by our chefs.

Skills & Personal Qualities

  • Chef with some experience
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • High level of customer service
  • Ability to work well alone and as part of a team
  • The opportunity to introduce and include within our classes any speciality cuisines which may benefit the cookery school.

Working hours

The position is a 40hr week, Tuesday to Saturday. Overtime is paid on evening courses which take place on a Thursday 6pm - 8.30pm, plus time for cleaning down. Hours are 8am to 5:00pm. We would consider a 4 day week, Wednesday – Saturday.

NURSERY CHEF - Gloucester Terrace
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immediate start/W2

A bilingual nursery based on Gloucester Terrace is looking for a permanent nursery chef to work 38 hours per week to cater for 45 children and 25 staff. You will have sole responsibility for all aspects of catering and delivering healthy, organic meals. Salary is £24,650 + £1000 joining bonus and up to 7 weeks holiday per annum.

Yacht Chef - end May/June
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end May start/Falmouth

We are looking for a new chef to join us around the end of May/June, (can be flexible on dates). We are a 55m private sailing boat, run with a crew of 9. Crew are good fun, majority have been onboard for over a year now. As a crew we like to be active, running, surfing, tennis etc, so someone that enjoys sport/or just generally healthy. Crew are all British, between the ages of 21-35. At the minute, we are in the Caribbean finishing, then crossing over to Falmouth UK, for a short yard period before doing a 2-3 week trip around Scotland, followed by a 2-3 week trip in Norway in August. The boat will return to the Caribbean after the Med season.

Owners are a Brazilian family, who split their time between Brazil and NYC. They are very family orientated with 4 children in their 20’s, who like to holiday with them. They love include the crew in their activities such as diving etc. They almost always prefer family style lunch and dinners.

We are looking for someone with a bit of experience, motivated, perhaps early in their career, looking for a new challenge. Healthy cooking with lots of variety, fresh breads, someone who likes to experiment with new ideas. The galley is actually quite big, with a large walk in fridge/freezer. We also have a large dry stock store.

Industry standard medical insurance, 30 days holiday a year, pay is dependent on experience, flight allowance of $1200 added to your 12th month salary each year. Ideally no visible tattoos and a non smoker would be preferable. The job is really smooth, there is a lot of downtime, the owners are not expecting Michelin standards, so we are not looking for a super experienced chef, but maybe someone who wants to transition from crew to guest chef. The owners have been using the boat for around 7-8 weeks a season. No B1B2 Visa required, however ideally will have a British/European passport.

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September start/Rickmansworth


This is an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic, inspirational and highly motivated professional to teach Food
and Nutrition within a dedicated and innovative department. This post would be ideally suited to a passionate
individual with a love of teaching and a desire to immerse themselves into the life of the school.
Working with our experienced Head of Department, the successful candidate can expect to teach across KS2 (Years 5
and 6), KS3, KS4 and KS5 range of ages and different abilities whilst developing their own individual role within a very
supportive environment.
The Department is dynamic and successful, examination grades are excellent and the subject is one of the most
popular at GCSE. This post would be suitable for both experienced teachers and ECTs.

Full job description and application pack available.

THE BRIDGES - fulltime chef - Shropshire
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immediate start/SY9

The Bridges is looking for a full time chef to help swell the ranks.

This is a rural, local pub set in the Shropshire hills, the menus are simple & seasonal with a strong focus on using local producers. The Bridges is connected to Linley Estate a regenerative, converting to biodynamic farm so much of the vegetables and some meat come from here.

You’ll be working as part of a small dynamic team led by Tom Ryalls who’s experience in London restaurants such as St John Bread & Wine, Moro and Rochelle Canteen influence the food on offer. A nose to tail approach is applied, with a minimal waste ethos.

The opportunities are quite broad with personal projects encouraged as well as the chance to help at the farm.

The candidate will have a minimum of a year's experience in the hospitality trade, however enthusiasm, approach and food knowledge could be valued more than years cooking professionally.

40 hour working week, 2 days off a week, 28 days paid holiday

Full on the job training

Competitive salary with an accommodation package a possibility

Staff food on shift

Staff discount at the pub

A seriously fun time in the kitchen with a clear path of progression within the business plus wider opportunities with other enterprises involved at the estate.

THE NEST, Barnes High Street - CDP
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immediate start/SW13

The Nest is an independently owned Café & Bar located in the heart of Barnes. The daily changing menu takes inspiration from various cuisines and incorporates locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Looking to hire a CDP with a great attitude to work with a small team to grow the business. Number of covers 60. Hourly rate £11-14 plus staff discounts, service charge. 28 days holiday.

CDP/JUNIOR SOUS - King William IV, Heydon
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immediate start/SG8

All experience levels considered as hiring for multiple positions. Rate of pay from £25K + tips, pay review after 6 months, free food, wine at cost

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May-September/Great Missenden

Peterley Manor Farm was voted the Best Café in the Country by the Muddy Stilettos Awards in 2022.

The excellent and established kitchen team is going to need some extra help this summer, to cover both chef holidays and help them during their busiest season.

This could be the perfect role for someone returning from a ski season, or wanting to gain some restaurant experience.

The team is looking for someone to work from May through to September, full time, 5 days per week, 40-45 hours per week. Mainly daytime hours, but potentially Friday nights through the summer months.

Working in an award-winning kitchen, in the beautiful Chilterns countryside, using top notch local, seasonal produce.

Some experience preferable but the very good kitchen team will train you up. You will be working in the main kitchen but also outside in their stunning outdoor kitchen, learning the pizza oven and BBQ.

A local person is preferable but there may be some local accommodation options which could be organised as part of the package.

Pay rate is DOE and dependent on whether or not accommodation is needed.

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immediate start/Muswell Hill

Pink Ginger Catering is looking for a junior sous chef to work a minimum of 32 hours per week in the north London Kitchen. Likely days are Wednesday to Saturday but the days may vary each week and you will be required to work evenings. You will be a driver and ideally with your own car but, this is not essential. The salary is £22,000 (pro rata for 32 hours = £17,605.12) with paid holiday, pension and sick pay included. There is plenty of scope for overtime in this role based on workload.

Pink Ginger Catering is a north London based company that works with both corporate and private clients on events, weddings, dinners, and parties in all London postcodes and has a reputation for friendly and excellent service together with delicious food.

This is a junior role and your main duties are to support the head chef and a team of freelance chefs to produce beautiful menus of canapes, bowl food and dinners. You will be cooking in their kitchens and out on events. You will also be required to help with stock ordering, the cleaning schedule, organisation of equipment for events such as glass and chinaware and creating social media content.

There is there is plenty of scope for learning and developing your skills as a chef.

THE BEAUMONT - various vacancies
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immediate start/Mayfair

The Beaumont opened in 2014. It is a five-star luxury London hotel based on a quiet square in Mayfair with an old-world aesthetic and values, firmly underpinned by 21st century advances in technology and ease. It is privately-owned and independently-run, with 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios.

There are a number of vacancies currently for CDP, Demi CDP, Commis, Pastry Sous, Pastry Commis and Night Baker. Full job descriptions are available on application.

HEAD CHEF - Stockbridge, Hampshire
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May start/SP11

Head Chef required to provide all-day healthy brunch and salad menu for 80 covers at Meadow, a place where healthy, nutritious food meets arts and culture. You will have 6-12 months experience in a similar role. Daytime hours only. You will be a driver with your own vehicle.

£26-30K doe

Food and DT Teacher - Cambridge
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September start/Cambridge

September 2023

Permanent, full-time or part-time
£27,561 - £38,871 FTE (dependent on experience)

St Mary’s School is currently recruiting for a part time or fulltime teacher of Food and Nutrition/DT to join a supportive and ambitious team. This role is suitable for ECTs who are looking to start their career in a welcoming environment with a track record of outstanding support for new teachers; and equally for experienced teachers who want a new challenge.

This role will entail teaching at least at KS3 and 4 and could include both Food and Nutrition and DT. For DT the candidate will need to be able to cover both fibres and textiles and resistant materials.


Closing date for applications: 9:00am Tuesday 20th March 2023

Interviews to be held on 27th March 2023

The School is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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September start/Ascot, Berkshire

LVS Ascot is a high performing co-educational day and boarding school, with a reputation for all-round excellence. Through a stimulating curriculum and vibrant co-curricular activities, the school provides pupils with an environment where they are valued, encouraged and inspired.

The school wishes to appoint an outstanding Teacher to help develop the Food & Nutrition curriculum across the school. The successful applicant will be an accomplished Professional and suited to a vibrant, busy and highly productive and creative environment. This position would suit a graduate seeking QTS, ECT or an experienced teacher.

You will find a friendly and supportive team, not to mention superb facilities, great benefits, plus the chance to have an active role in the life of this exceptional school. There may also be an opportunity to work as a boarding tutor in return for accommodation.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th March 2023, Interviews will be held soon after the closing date

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April start/Newbury


Encouraged by the success and popularity of Malverleys Gardens, the founder is looking forward to opening Malverleys Farm & Dining in Spring 2023. The new space will include a small restaurant, deli, gift shop, lecture space and nursery designed to create a sense of community in the area, as well as a new place to meet for coffee, enjoy wholesome food, and pick up fresh produce.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase sustainably sourced products, attend horticultural workshops, and dine in the restaurant where ingredients will be seasonal and often grown on-site in the market garden.

Currently seeking a Junior Sous for 40 hours per week, generous holiday allowance, reduced working over Christmas, dinner service Friday and Saturday night only. You will be a driver with your own vehicle and have one year's experience in a similar role.

£28-30K + tips

SOUS CHEF - The Spyway Inn - Dorset
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immediate start/DT2 9EP

Part-time or full-time role in a free house country inn working directly with the owner-manager. Minimal split shifts, beautiful location 5 minutes from the coast. There is potential for accommodation on site.

25-40 hours per week, Wednesday - Sunday

Various roles - The George in Rye
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immediate start/TN31

Looking for different level chefs - junior sous, CDP and Commis at The George in Rye, East Sussex

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immediate start/SW3

Divertimenti is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a relaunch of the famous Cookery School, and is looking for someone exceptional to take the role of Head of School. Following a brief closure due to the pandemic, the cookery school has been refurbished and enlarged and is situated in the Knightbridge-based cookshop.

As Head of School you'll be responsible for setting the programme of events, working closely with chefs/teachers, publishers, influencers and cookery school partners. You'd need a keen interest in food trends, the ability to bring (and develop) great contacts and build relationships - to create a dynamic schedule of classes, demonstrations, supperclubs and events.

As well as having the confidence to teach occasional classes yourself, you'd need to be a strong 'face' of the school, hosting events and chefs and welcoming customers to the school. You will have good marketing skills applied to PR, social media and online, and be keenly interested in developing the awareness of the school and its activities.

A good organiser, you'll be responsible for overall coordination of the school calendar and ensuring that the right people are in place so that classes run smoothly and successfully. You'll have the commercial responsibility - attracting new and returning customers, seeking out opportunities for hosting private classes and events and building on the strong relationships that Divertimenti already has with partners of the school.

With the foundations, infrastructure and legacy already in place, the school is now ready for the right person to make it their own.