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Head Chef

York Commercial Ltd
31,500 per annum
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Hours of work
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University of York campus
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Role Description

Are you a skilled chef seeking an excellent work-life balance, no split shifts and vacation time over Christmas and New Year?

We are looking for a talented, professional Head Chef to join us at one of the country’s leading Universities. You will run one of our busy production kitchens at the University of York, building upon the high standards of catering we currently achieve. Whilst giving you the opportunity to enhance your skill set, whether that be in fine dining or at a mass catering event.

You must be able to produce fresh food, on a large scale and of the highest standards to our students, as well as our thriving conference market. You must have experience in fine dining, which is a large part of our business.

You will work with on-trend food concepts such as food trucks, pizza pods and trendy cafes and have the opportunity to work across multiple sites.

Key requirements:

  • Possess a minimum of City & Guilds 706/1/2 (or NVQ Level 3 equivalent) and an intermediate food hygiene qualification
  • Good working knowledge of health and safety and manual handling issues
  • Two years experience working in a supervisory position in a high volume catering operation
  • Proven staff management and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure

The salary is £31,500 per annum, working full-time (37 hours per week on a 5 days over 7 basis). Majoritively these will fall within a Monday to Friday structure, although occasionally weekend work is needed and flexibility is a must to ensure the day to day running of your kitchen.

YCL’s fantastic benefits package includes:

  • Generous annual leave of 38 days including 8 statutory public holidays
  • Downtime over Christmas and New Year 
  • Relevant training is provided for free such as food safety and allergen training
  • Chef whites provided
  • Enhanced company and workplace pension schemes (terms and conditions apply)
  • Enhanced company sick pay, maternity and paternity pay (terms and conditions apply)
  • Discounts at local and national retailers, restaurants and attractions
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including cycle to work and campus nursery
  • 10% off at campus Nisa supermarkets and many campus catering outlets
  • Concession rates at York Sport Village and Centre
  • A supportive and friendly working environment
  • Free and confidential wellbeing support 24/7
  • Affordable on-site parking

Take a look at YCL's Career webpages to find out more about YCL, what we do and what we offer.

Please note that if a suitable candidate is found, this position may close at any time.

York Commercial Ltd. (YCL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of York. The Head Office is situated at the University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD. The successful candidate will be appointed on YCL terms and conditions of employment.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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