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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.

Freelancer for independent restaurant in Notting Hill
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immediate start/W11

A small, independent restaurant focusing on sustainability, reducing food waste, sourcing ingredients carefully and offering dishes for different dietary requirements, is looking for a chef passionate about these values to work on a freelance/part-time basis, 20/30 hours per week. No late nights. Friendly and chilled atmosphere.

CLARIDGE'S - Commis Chefs for Main and Pastry Kitchens
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immediate start/W1

Exceptional commis chefs needed for both the Main and Pastry kitchens. This is an exciting role for a talented individual who is looking for a new challenge and wants to join a fast-paced and high performing hotel team renowned for their approach and delivery of unparalleled service. You will demonstrate a genuine dedication to the brand a show a commitment to consistent quality. You will have a passion for food and high quality products, be a team player who is an avid learner who wants to be challenged and developed. Full job description on application.

PINEWOOD STUDIOS - assistant chef for Cast - 15 weeks
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mid July start/Pinewood Studios

An assistant chef is needed to work along side one of the cast Chefs for a production starting in mid July. It will be predominantly based at Pinewood studios, Monday to Friday for 15 weeks. Early starts. Must be a driver with own vehicle.

Commis Chef needed to join a top notch team - W3
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immediate start/W3

A popular neighbourhood restaurant serving 5* food, is looking for an ambitious and talented Commis Chef to join a talented team that includes chefs who have worked at the likes of The Savoy, Fera @ Claridges, Jason Atherton's Social Eating House and includes the Great British Menu Winner, James Cochrane. 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.

FREELANCERS - for event caterer
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July/SE London

Event-catering company is looking for talented freelancers to join the team in sous chef and head chef roles.

HEAD CHEF for Brunch Restaurant/Wine Bar in Fulham
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August start/SW6

Exciting new Canadian-inspired brunch restaurant/wine bar is looking for a head chef to work closely with the co-founders in a fun, young and ambitious environment with an opportunity to grown and help bring this start-up to success

Danish Bakery needs Full-time Baker in W8
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immediate start/W8

Danish cafe based in Kensington with a big focus on its own bakery is looking for a fulltime baker. Everything from granola to cookies to rye bread is baked on the premises. It's a young, dynamic team with a number of proprietary recipes looking for a baker to help develop new bestsellers. Love of baking and a great work ethic essential.

Coffee Shop in Ladbroke Grove need Chefs - Permanent and Part-Time
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immediate start/W11

Cafe in Ladbroke Grove is looking for foodie enthusiasts who are willing to learn. You do not need to have experience in a commercial kitchen. Working with the Head Chef you will get constant training and development to improve your skill-set and be part of a fun, young and dynamic team.

BREAD BAKER - Fulltime SW1
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immediate start/SW1

Community bakery based in Victoria is looking for permanent, full-time bakers to join a young team

Prep Chefs and CDPs needed - Chiswick
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immediate start/W4

Full or part-time workers are needed for a fun, privately owned restaurant that opened during lockdown and has done well. Cuisine is authentic Tex-Mex. They believe in providing a great work environment with opportunities for growth as they expand.

HEAD CHEF - Temple Guiting Estate
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immediate start/GL54

Head Chef needed for Temple Guiting Pantry in the Cotswolds, a small yet growing destination lifestyle cafe/restaurant. Set in a peaceful Cotswolds village The Pantry sits alongside the Temple Guiting Estate and offers locals and visitors breakfast and lunch. In addition to operating the pantry kitchen, the chef will be required to confidently deliver exceptional food to private guests on the Estate and to cater for bespoke functions according to the client's brief and budget.

FULL TIME HEAD CHEF for High End Catering Company
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August 2021/Brentford, TW8

Head Chef required for a high end catering company based in Brentford to work Monday-Friday. Chef will be responsible for planning, prep and delivery of seasonal food in a contemporary style in line with the company's brand. Chef will be required to maintain standards of quality, food hygiene and health and safety and work with the Executive Chef and the Development Chef on development of menus, and new dishes for events. Chef will be responsible for the full management of the kitchen and kitchen team. A generous package includes pension and commission structure, VIP membership to Trade, Producer and Supplier trips and wine tastings.

HEAD CHEF - Seasonal for 10-11 weeks - Salcombe, Devon
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18 June start/Salcombe, Devon

Pop-up, evening only steak restaurant in a prime location in Salcombe, focussed on serving high quality, dry-aged, grass fed steaks, a limited range of side dishes, starters and desserts, together with a high quality wine list, is looking for a Head Chef for 10-11 weeks. The restaurant has up to 70 covers and will aim for 2 sittings per night. It will launch on 21st June and operate 7 nights a week. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in spending the summer in a wonderful seaside location, relaxing by day and working by night. Candidates do not necessarily need prior head chef experience, but will need to be confident to run a small team of 3 others in a relatively compact kitchen. Must have experience using a chargrill and cooking steaks accurately. Must be straightforward, collaborative, enthusiastic, cool-headed and hardworking. Must be able to commit to the full period. £18-20 per hour, end of season bonus to be discussed.

Sous Chef for popular brunch spot in Essex.

immediate start/RM14

A cool and contemporary brunch restaurant based in Upminster, Essex is looking for a full-time sous chef. You must be passionate about providing customers with great tasting meals that are created with the best quality ingredients. Good hours, great tips, holiday pay, shift meals and discounts. Must have good experience in a busy restaurant and be creative with menus and plating.

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immediate start/W1

Fallow Restaurant is looking for a Commis, CDP and a Sous to work 50 hours per week, 3 days off. Benefits include free staff food and discount for family and friends.

CDP for popular cafe in Brentford
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immediate start/Brentford

8 shifts a week, seasonal menu that changes every week with opportunities to learn sourdough bakery as well

SOUS CHEF - Dorset
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immediate start/Corton Denham, Dorset

Experienced chef looking to take his or her career to the next level is needed to join the team at a well-regarded pub on the Dorset/Somerset border. Experience in a London restaurant is a bonus, or a proven track record at top quality establishments and/or cookery qualifications. The new owners have fully refurbished the building including the kitchen with a plan to re-launch in June 2021. The owner/director formerly worked for Leiths School of Food and Wine and her management team include two members who have worked at Soho House, The Beckford Group and The Newt. Between them, they are looking to put the pub on the map, so it is an exciting time to join a new and exciting venture.

OBAN - permanent or seasonal chef
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immediate start/Oban

The Kilchrenan Inn in Oban is looking for a young enthusiastic chef to join their young dynamic team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a stunning location with top quality seasonal produce in a venue gaining national recognition for it's food and service

Great rewards and training given, the Inn has been voted one of Scotland's 15 best pubs by Good Pub Guide 2021.

Accommodation is provided in a boutique static caravan with log burning stove. The position may also be ideal for a couple with the partner working front of house.

Wage is dependent on ability and experience and the position can be considered as seasonal or permanent.

Neighbourhood Restaurant in Lavender Hill needs Chef
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immediate start/SW11

Bar and Cafe with loyal local customer base is looking for a chef with at least 2 years' experience working in commercial kitchens to join the team. Knowledge of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine is a big plus. The restaurant has been voted as one of the top 10 best restaurants in London on Trip Advisor for the last 18months. Live jazz every Friday and Saturday and stand-up comedy every Wednesday. Up to 45 covers. Bonus schemes in addition to annual salary.

Commis Chef for Kricket White City
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immediate start/White City

Starting out in a 20-seater shipping container in Brixton, Kricket is now a staple of the London food scene, with three permanent sites. The team is currently on the look for a passionate and enthusiastic commis chef to join the brigade in White City. You will support the Head Chef across all areas. You will understand and value the highest standards of service. This is a young, growing company with great staff retention that rewards high achievers.

Country House Hotel in the Lake District needs CDP
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immediate start/Borrowdale

11-bedroomed country house hotel in the beautiful valley of Borrowdale is looking for a CDP with experience of working within a high level professional kitchen and someone who has keen attention to detail and looking for progress in their career. The highly skilled kitchen team serves up to 30 cover per service with a modern British menu with all ingredients sourced within the area from the best local suppliers. The position comes with live-in accommodation.

Food Studio Marketing & Events Manager
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September 2021 start/Belsize Park

Prep School in Belsize Park is lookin for a Food Studio Marketing and Events Manager to develop the business and marketing strategy for the studio to include a range of revenue generating cookery courses, events and hire. 3 days per week all year round. You will have experience of food preparation and cookery teaching; previous marketing experience; design flair; effective communication skills; keen attention to details; experience in copywriting and proofreading. Closing date 17th May 2021.

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immediate start/Clerkenwell

A popular cafe in Clerkenwell hosting concerts from Internationally renowned classical musicians followed by a 3 course set menu, is looking for an events chef. Each evening there will be up to 40 guests. It is possible for a gradual takeover of 3 nights per week preparing the current chef's menu and thereafter for the new chef to introduce a their own set menu. Hours midday to 10pm. Good pay.

Experienced Baker for popular cafe in Brentford
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immediate start/Brentford

Popular bakery, coffee shop and wine bar near the river in Brentford is looking for a second to support the head baker.

Sourdough experience a must, vienoisserie ideal but not essential. 50 hours a week on average once properly staffed and settled.

Must be able to do early morning shifts which staff take in turns doing. Earliest start is 3:30. No night shifts

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July start/W12

Leiths School of Food & Wine, London’s leading cookery school is recruiting an Events and Operations Executive to work within the Operations team, ensuring the smooth running and development of the school business, including: professional courses, a busy home cook program, corporate entertaining, hire of our filming kitchen, courses in schools and commercial partnerships.

This is a hands-on role and the successful candidate should be proactive, self-motivated and prepared to work in a fast-paced environment.

All necessary training for the role will be given, and support will be given by the Operations Director, who manages this position.

About you:

• You have 2+ years experience in a role which includes event planning or project organisation

• You have great organisation skills and the ability to handle multiple projects at once within tight timescales

• You have the ability to adapt quickly and efficiently to changing priorities, and keep a cool head

• You’re organised and reliable with strong attention to detail

• You have copy editing experience – you have good grammar and written English

• You are experienced in using Microsoft Office, Powerpoint , Excel, Word, Googledocs

• You are a digital native, comfortable problem-solving I.T. challenges

• You have the ability to work independently and as part of a team – working with other departments where necessary to plan events

• You have a good understanding of, and keen interest in the food industry

• You're happy to get stuck in and roll up your sleeves – to step in where needed to help the school run smoothly

• You're customer-oriented and understand the importance of maintaining great relationships with our students

• You have a good telephone manner and would be comfortable selling our services and courses where required

• You are a strong communicator who can work well with people across all functions and levels of seniority

• You have the ability to travel and attend industry events, as necessary (UK only)


Applications close Monday 17th May 5pm, however Leiths reserves the right to close applications early in the instance of enough suitable candidates.

CDP and SENIOR SOUS - award-winning restaurant in Borough Market
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immediate start/Borough Market

CDP: strong cdp who ideally has knowledge of traditional Italian cooking techniques and seasonal British and European produce - or is willing to learn. A fantastic opportunity to join and grow within a young, dynamic team focused on high quality produce and dishes. Teaching and guidance will be provided, and you will learn to operate efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Previous experience as a cdp, strong food and safety/hygiene knowledge and a willingness to learn and strive are key qualities. 6 shifts over 5 days, always 2 days off per week; staff breakfast and dinner provided; regular staff sourcing trips.

SENIOR SOUS: you are experienced and thrive in a fast-paced, high-volume environment with at least 3 years' experience in a senior management position, with a strong financial understanding of how to run a profitable business and control costs. You have outstanding staff management, motivation and communication skills. You have a proven track record in developing and growing your team. You have a deep understanding of appraisals, the onboarding process and the importance of looking after staff. You are calm, a team player, always willing to go the extra mile for a customer or colleague. You are passionate about food and talking about it, have a natural interest in ingredients. Benefits include exciting career development opportunities, extensive internal training, UK supplier trips, staff trips to Italy to meet suppliers, external training.

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immediate start/Brentford

West London catering company serving up exciting, modern, bespoke menus is looking for freelance chefs ranging from cdp level to head chef level to work both in the prep kitchen in Brentford and on events. Founder is Leiths-trained, as are many of the brigade of freelancers they hire. Ideal both for recent graduates and for those with more experience under their belt. They're looking for team players with a positive attitude and a willingness to get stuck in with events ranging from corporate canapes to sending picnics in the post to large weddings cooking on asado bbqs.

Stepney City Farm - fulltime chef needed
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Buzzy cafe in E1 is looking for a chef who is passionate about cooking seasonally and happy to share ideas. Positive mind-set and willingess to get stuck in is key. Ideally some commercial kitchen experience, but not essential. Social working hours, friendly team, working with ingredients grown on the farm.

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immediate start/WD7

An opportunity for a chef interested in experiencing working on a film set. There would be 3 months training under current head chef prior to moving onto a new film for 17 weeks for cast-only catering. Early morning starts. Driver with car essential.

EVENT CHEF - Perthshire
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immediate start/Grandtully, Perthshire

Event chef is needed to work closely with the proprietor of a thriving business in Perthshire and other chefs on the events team, designing event menus, interpreting client briefs and delivering events at a variety of venues. Anything from dinner for six people to wedding for 200+. Accommodation available. Would need to be confident working alone and as part of a team, self-motivated and of course passionate about seasonal ingredients.

SOUS CHEF - permanent full-time, Dunkeld
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April start/PH8

Sous Chef needed for a busy and popular F&B operation consisting of ground floor bar, also serving food, an upstairs bar and dining room, with a total of around 60 covers, an outside second kitchen built in huge beer gardens with 300+ covers and a menu offering pizzas, burgers and specials, all made in-house. Emphasis is on 'field to fork' with a growing proportion of the meat and game locally sourced and butchered in-house. Kitchen gardens being developed so that fruit and veg is supplied as much as possible in-house.

Sous Chef role is perfect for someone looking for the next step up, who is passionate about food and making everything from scratch and happy to work in a rural location. You will be knowledgeable in pastry, meat, fish and sauce preparation and will ideally have some experience at 1 or 2 rosette level.

SEASONAL CHEFS at Yacht Club on Isle of Wight - 6 months
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12th May latest start/Isle of Wight

Popular yacht club on the Isle of Wight is looking for a great natural chef with experience and knowledge that would be appropriate for a top quality sailing club. You will have 1 or 2 years experience in a reputable restaurant or gastro pub, an ability to demonstrate financial kitchen awareness; high standards of hygiene and organisation; you will be self-motivated and have the maturity and patience to assist in the growth and continuous development of the menu. Great team player is essential with strong work ethic and positive attitude.

Accommodation provided, 1 day off per week, season completion bonus scheme, food included on-shift, generous staff discounts on-shift, travel to and from the island at the beginning and end of the season.

NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT - Brixton Water Lane needs chefs
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immediate start/SW2

Popular neighbourhood restaurant serving regional Italian dishes needs chefs for service, working in the Deli and catering for events. Ideal for recent graduates. Owner and head chef are both Leiths-trained chefs.

CDP for New Opening in Whitechapel
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late April start/Whitechapel

A modern British dining room and café, set within the iconic Whitechapel Gallery in Aldgate is looking to hire a CDP or strong Commis for a full-time position working 6-7 shifts per week. As well as the restaurant, there is an online shop selling fresh produce, drinks and recipe boxes.

The restaurant and recipe boxes feature an evolving menu of creatively constructed seasonal dishes showcasing high quality British produce from the Head Chef Joe Fox, ex Petersham Nurseries, HIX Restaurants.

Start date late April early May

Candidates will need to do a trial shift which will be 4-6 hours unpaid, this will involve some basic prep and cooking.

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immediate start/Raynes Park

An exciting recipe box start-up that is rapidly growing, is looking for a bright and enthusiastic candidate to manage and grow their social media channels and customer comms. The successful candidate would work directly with the founders.

The role will involve driving overall content strategy - developing the content plan for the business; social planning and execution across existing channels and exploring opportunities with new channels; growing presence across different social media channels and expanding focus from Instagram to other channels; developing a plan for weekly customer newsletters and blogs; content production: weekly customer emails, blog posts and social posts relying on strong copywriting skills; assisting with new product shoots, including writing creative briefs and contributing to storyboards and mood boards; conceptualising and launching influencer marketing and customer advocacy programmes; exploring strategic partnership opportunities and collaborations to grow brand presence; working closely with founders and digital marketing team to ensure campaigns are aligned to the overall marketing strategy; carrying out weekly, monthly and quarterly analysis of both social and email performance and competitors to identify trends and optimise performance.

You will have at least 3 years' experience of growing social presence for a brand; preferably previous experience of working with a food brand; excellent copywriting skills, photoshop capability and an understanding of HTML coding. You will be confident in writing highly engaging social copy.

Full-time CDP for well-established and popular cafe
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immediate start/Battersea

Enthusiastic CDP (or an experienced Commis Chef looking to step up) is needed to join talented kitchen team. Serving breakfasts, brunches, light lunches and snacks, the cafe caters for both eat-in and takeaway customers. Open daily from 8am until dusk, extending opening hours in the summer to offer informal park dining by the picturesque lake in Battersea Park. The co-founders are formerly of Petersham Nurseries and have worked with some of the industry's most renowned chefs.

You will have a minimum of 1 year's experience in a professional kitchen, boundless energy and enthusiasm, a love of food and fluent English. Great working environment, company pension scheme, meals and drinks while on duty.

SOUS CHEF for Highbury-based catering company
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immediate start/N5

Highbury-based catering company curating original and seasonal food for all occasions is looking for a full-time sous chef.

HEAD CHEF - Chichester
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immediate start/PO19

Food Hall with Cafe in Chichester serving breakfast, brunch and lunch is looking for a full-time Head Chef for 80-100 covers per day. Clean, fresh, modern dishes using locally sourced ingredients from within a 30 miles radius. Experience would be great, but also happy to consider very enthusiastic new graduates. Lots of career progression on offer as other venues and sites are being developed. Profit bonus and pension.

Assistant Cook for Village Shop & Cafe - SP7
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immediate start/SP7

A village shop and cafe in Wiltshire is looking for a full-time assistant Deli chef to produce delicious home-cooked food and bakes, as well as meals-to-go in a thriving hub showcasing local ingredients and artisan produce. Ideally, the chef will have at least 1 year's experience in a professional kitchen, and is confident with planning, preparation and presentation. There is plenty of room for contributing new ideas.

This is a thriving family business looking for someone keen to learn and enjoy new opportunities. You will be passionate about food and delivering delicious dishes with a big focus on customer service. This is an ambitious business with lots of plans for the future. The shop sells a wide variety of wines, vinegars, oils and specialty produce as well as having a well-stocked cheese room.

5 days per week; daytime hours only. Would suit graduates looking for a start outside London.

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March 2021/Belgravia

Ex-Leiths Head Chef is looking to recruit for a new opening in Belgravia. It will be a modern British restaurant but based on the food and techniques of Michelin restaurants. Both Head Chef and Chef Director have Michelin Star backgrounds and the food offer will reflect that. They are looking to fill multiple positions.