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Junior Sous Chef (0901)

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  • Salary:
    £24,000 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Marketing Communications
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

Our Head and Sous Chefs are highly experienced in creating mouth-watering menus, producing food fresh onsite from ingredients that are sourced, from local producers who share our ethics and commitment to sustainability. We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking individual who is interested in enjoying a fabulous work-life balance and who is passionate about cooking and producing great food in the fast-paced environment, which open all year round. We have an excellent opportunity for a Junior Sous Chef to join our team at our award-winning restaurant, The Kitchen.

With substantial experience of working as a chef within the catering industry, you will make a visit to our restaurant an integral part of the visitor experience at The Donkey Sanctuary acting as an ambassador of all that we offer. Working with the Head Chef you will be able to translate The Donkey Sanctuary’s core values into a successfully operating, team-focused kitchen where excellent food quality exceeds customer’s expectations and is delivered to a consistently high standard.

Your duties and responsibilities within this varied and rewarding role will include –

  • Assisting the team and helping build future succession by developing, coaching and mentoring individual members, inspiring them and spreading your passion for food along the way
  • Working with the Head Chef and Sous Chef to ensure food quality is delivered with the highest standards of food safety and that all food hygiene procedures are maintained by the team as a whole
  • Assisting the Head Chef to make sure all dishes are costed to achieve the agreed food cost percentage through the effective management of food purchasing, wastage, stock control and production levels
  • Ensuring all costs are controlled to the agreed levels and ensure any overspends are communicated appropriately
  • Responsibility for ensuring that the food offered fully reflects our core values, and always includes an appropriate balance of higher-welfare, vegetarian and vegan choices and caters for general covers as well as functions (including weddings and groups
  • Responsibility for ensuring standards of cleaning are consistently excellent
  • Running the kitchen and managing the team in the absence of the Head Chef and Sous Chef.

A Food Hygiene level 2 certificate or above, together with excellent customer service, communication and problem solving skills, is essential, as is the ability to make good decisions under pressure, and to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail whilst dealing with a number of conflicting demands and timescales. Strategic planning and implementation skills and medical assistance skills and experience are desirable.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. Based in Sidmouth, Devon – “an area of outstanding natural beauty” – this is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible, working 37.5 hours per week over 7 days as part of the team rota.

Closing date for completed applications: Tuesday 17 May 2022.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

Please note: The Guaranteed interview scheme is only applicable to candidates who consider themselves to have a disability applying for roles based within the United Kingdom.

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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Sidmouth, Devon, United Kingdom, EX10 0NU
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