2nd Chef / Cook

Due to continued growth and a busy summer ahead, we have another opening here at The Walled Garden and are looking for a 2nd Chef to join our team in The Dovecote Café. Working closely with our head chef, you will take an important role within the team.

The Dovecote has become a popular stop for locals and Dorset explorers, and as part of The Walled Garden and Employ My Ability, we are a unique space that welcomes customers 7 days a week, while also allowing EMA students to complete their studies and gain valuable experience.

Café work can be busy, but we have no split shifts, no evening work, and we’re closed over Christmas and New Year. We believe the beautiful location, and friendly team offers job satisfaction you don’t often find in a café environment, so if this sounds appealing to you, please do get in touch!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Job Role: 2nd Chef/Cook
Department: Dovecote Café
Location: The Walled Garden, Moreton
Reports to: Dave Fuhrer, Head Chef
Remuneration & Rewards Package, bonuses, etc. •

Competitive Salary

32 days annual holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays) – pro-rata for part-time staff. – NB. This role requires some Bank Holiday working. – Closed over Christmas & New Year.

Working Days/Hours: 40hrs/wk., over 7 days, no split shits or evenings.
Type of Contract: Full Time – Salaried
Notice Period: after probation period 6 Weeks Written Notice

Main purpose of job role: To assist the head chef in the smooth operation of the Dovecote Cafe kitchen and running the kitchen and directing other staff and students on his days off.

Key tasks:

• Working alongside the head chef and running the kitchen on his days off
• Cooking from the menu
• Assisting with new menu ideas and specials
• Daily food preparation
• Ordering from suppliers and keeping within budgets
• Ensuring the required daily paperwork is complete
• Working with students and service users – ensuring they receive quality and relevant work experience whilst in your team’s care

Other duties/responsibilities: Any other reasonable duties/management requests
Some additional training will be given on induction.

Safeguarding: Employ My Ability is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protections/adult safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, and an enhanced DBS check.

Equality & Diversity: Employ My Ability is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Employ My Ability is a Disability Confident employer.

Data Protection: All documentation relating to applicants will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act.


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