Deputy Chef

  • Job Reference: CRA425036
  • Date Posted: 10 June 2021
  • Recruiter: CRA Group Limited
  • Location: Various Locations in the UK
  • Salary: £12.00 to £13.00 Per Hour
  • Bonus/Benefits: Ad-Hoc
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical, Hospitality & Tourism
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Duration: Ad-Hoc

Job Description

Job Purpose and Context:

  • Deputise for the Chef Manager, managing every aspect of catering within the location ensuring that the service provided to customers supports happy living, is of a high quality and meets their dietary needs.
  • To support the Chef Manager to deliver a catering service within agreed budgets and resources are used appropriately.
  • To lead the catering team delivering food safety standards and health and safety requirements.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Deputise in the absence of the Chef Manager.
  • Deliver a catering service.
  • Minimise wastage when preparing meals and using equipment correctly.
  • Compliance with food safety and health and safety procedures.
  • General supervision of catering assistants on shift.
  • Identify and report any signs of abuse.
  • Escalate concerns / issues as appropriate.

Key Duties:

  • Prepare, cook and serve appetising and nutritional meals, snacks and drinks to customers in line with implemented seasonal menus.
  • Operate services within catering budget.
  • Manage kitchen stock and purchase food in line with purchasing procedure.
  • Complete kitchen audits and checks in line with food safety and health and safety regulations.
  • Keep the kitchen equipment and utensils clean and hygienic and report concerns to line manager. 
  • Responsible for effectively supervising catering assistants whilst on shift, managing any performance concerns as and when they arise.

Outcomes of Duties:

  • Customers’ dietary needs are met.
  • Customers receive meals at appropriate times of day.
  • Weekly cost monitoring sheet completed.
  • Purchasing procedures followed.
  • No out of date stock.
  • Food wastage monitoring tool completed.
  • Satisfactory food safety and health and safety audits.
  • No enforcement letter from Environmental Health Officer.
  • No infection control issues.
  • Low colleague turnover.
  • Scorecard results.


  • Proven chef management experience with a recognised catering qualification


  • Basic knowledge of dietary requirements relating to older people.
  • Food safety standards.
  • Health and safety legislation including control of substances harmful to health (COSHH)
  • Safe use of knives and kitchen equipment.
  • People management.

Qualifications and Mandatory Training:

  • Intermediate / Level 3 food hygiene certificate.
  • Cater craft or similar catering qualification.


  • Ability to organise time and prioritise activities.
  • Negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Innovative.
  • Ability to work in a pressured environment.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and individually.
  • Ability to produce meals based on menu’s implemented.

Key Behaviours:

  • Customer Focus (Understands customers’ needs, wants and behaviours to anticipate, meet and wherever possible exceed their expectations.)
  • Developing & Supporting People (Works alongside colleagues and encourages own and team’s development in the delivery of great customer service.)
  • Decision Making (Takes ownership for decisions made and the potential consequences of those decisions.)

Additional Information:

  • This role is Ad-Hoc. Meaning that there will be various shifts that you may be required to undertake with short notice periods at times.
  • This role is based in a variety of locations, some of which include London, Surrey, Leeds, Suffolk. Upon application, please state the location you would prefer to be based in.
  • Bank holidays and weekend shifts rates tend to differ from the regular rate.