Head Chef

National Trust
£24,499 per annum
01 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced Head Chef who’s looking to make the move to a role with a great work/life balance? Would you like a role where you can make a difference everyday for a wonderful cause whilst delighting visitors at the same time? Then this may be the perfect opportunity for you.

What it's like to work here

Once a secret wartime airbase, Croome Court takes visitors back to the 1940s. This 18th century house and visitor centre has an excellent catering operation which includes a 1940s restaurant, tea room and Sky Café, unusually situated on top of scaffolding. The 25-strong team are always kept busy at this dynamic property. A new scheme offers parkland rangers an apprenticeship within the 'Capability’ Brown-designed estate.

What you'll be doing

As a talented Head Chef you’ll have a passion for food and a flare for creating exceptional dishes for our visitors. You’ll have the opportunity to utilise our National Trust Cookbook Framework to make delicious food, as well as the creative ownership of our 'Spirit of the Place’ menu to help tell the story of Croome to our visitors.

We have a solid, hardworking and friendly team here for you to lead with your inspiration, positivity and passion. You’ll mentor and guide them, also ensuring everyone has the necessary training and is compliant with relevant legislation and internal processes including food hygiene and COSHH procedures.

Who we're looking for

With your passion for food and excellent people management skills, you’ll work with and lead your team to deliver exceptional customer service.

You need to be;
  • An inspirational leader with a passion for food and people
  • Self-motivated
  • An experienced people manager including setting personal objectives and providing feedback
  • Creative and proactive and love seeking out new opportunities
  • Qualified in food preparation and cooking to City & Guilds or NVQ L3 or equivalent
  • IT literate

And it will be helpful if you can demonstrate the following experience on your CV/application;

  • Experience of successfully developing a fast paced, catering outlet to achieve performance targets
  • A track record of delivering exceptional customer service
  • A good working knowledge of Health & Safety compliance requirements including any qualifications
  • A proven track record of managing budgets
The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan - from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking