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Join our Relief Chef Team

Being a relief chef is a new way of working in the hospitality industry. You will be engaged by us directly and subcontracted to our hospitality clients. We offer a variety of roles across the UK and the best, you will be paid by the hour, for every hour.

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Benefits of being a Agency Chef

All too often we hear that some hospitality employees love the industry, but can't do the hours. If that's sounds familiar, you always have the option to become a relief chef for us here at Chefs for Chefs.

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Paid By The Hour, Every Hour

In an industry where there always seems to be overtime, it is far more beneficial to be paid by the hour, for every hour you work. Our relief chef team get exactly that. We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team and support our customers.

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Work Life Balance

On average our relief chefs work around 45- 48 hours a week. This opens up a world of work life balance, equally, you have the ability to choose the days you cover and even the assignments you take on. In turn, this creates a great work life balance.

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No Long Term Commitments

Unlike a permanent role, you have the ability to commit as much or as little to an assignment. All you need to do is give us one weeks notice if you want to be removed from a role that you are on.

You can also take as much unpaid leave as you wish.

What Our Team Says...

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Chefs for Chefs give me the freedom to take short term contracts in my free time and holidays, They are very easy to work with and they always find the perfect position for me!

Andrew Dixon, Chefs for Chefs relief team

  • What is the term time?
    For our hospitality recruitment service, we offer a 12 week term time. This means that your fees are protected under our terms of business until that point.
  • How do you attract candidates?
    When advertising you role, we typically use a few channels to attract talent. Naturally, being in hospitality recruitment for 10 years, we have built a bank of contacts that we organically reach out to. We also use the following methods too; - Advertise on our website - Advertise on online jobs boards - Social media marketing (Paid) - Organic Social Media - E-shots - Cold head hunting
  • Are there any upfront costs for the hospitality recruitment service?
    No, we have a risk free payment option for our hospitality recruitment service. You are only liable to pay any fees when a candidate we have introduced you to, competes 4 weeks work. this is because we offer aa flexible instalment plan for all permanent recruitment fees.
  • Can you help out with a new opening?
    Yes, we help out with new openings all the time is hospitality, get in touch with us for more information.
  • Do I get a refund if the candidate doesn't work out?
    Our hospitality recruitment service package means, you only pay, when the candidate has been successful. For instance, a candidate has a fee of £3000, due on weeks 4,8 & 12 9 via 3 payments of (£1000) the candidate leaves on week 7. The first instalment would have been due and paid and not entitled for a refund. We would then credit the two remaining payments so nothing more is owed, that way you have cash in the bank, rather than a credit note.
  • How long does it take for you to find a candidate?
    This is the million dollar question. We have in the past successfully filled roles the same day!, and there are roles that are more challenging to fill. However, our hospitality recruitment service has gone strength to strength in recent years and with our no fee upfront service, you have nothing to lose when using our hospitality recruitment service.
  • How do you screen a relief chef?
    Our screening process for all relief chefs consists of an telephone interview, application form, right to work checks and registration. We also take 1 reference for any relief chef applicant. One the relief chef has registered, we collect ongoing feedback from our customers on a weekly basis, to ensure they are the right person to represent our business.
  • How long do I need to book a relief chef for?
    We can cover anything from one shift to an ongoing assignment with our relief chef service. The only thing we stipulate is an 8 hour minimum charge per day.
  • What is a relief chef?
    A relief chef is a person that works on a short term contract or booking with you. The agency is responsible for paying the contractor and managing onboarding, employment costs and holiday pay.
  • Are your relief chefs DBS Checked?
    Some of our relief chefs do hold basic or enhanced DBS certificates, these team members can support the care & education sectors. If you would prefer a chef to have a DBS for your assignment, please let our team know and we can arrange one for you.
  • What qualifications do your relief chefs have?
    We request that all of our relief chefs have an up to date level 2 food hygiene certificate (or higher) and an up to date Allergen awareness level 2 also. where the chef does not hold these qualifications on application, we enroll them into our in house training platform Citation. If you need a specific qualification, please communicate this to our team and we request the chef to complete it.
  • I need to cancel my relief chef I have booked, what do I do?
    Contact us straightaway on 01422 893 009, we can work with you to bring the assignment to an end, any cancellations within one working day will be subject to an 8 hour minimum charge.
  • How much does a relief chef cost?
    Our relief chef service varies on the level of chef that you need, for instance a chef de partie is a lower charge rate than a head chef per hour. If you would like a quote, please contact our team or you can learn more about the true cost of a relief chef here.
  • How much notice do you need?
    We can offer relief chef services on the same day for some customers, but obviously the more notice we get for an assignment the more likely we are to cover the role. So we always suggest letting us know as soon as possible, as you can always cancel if needed.
  • How much does a DBS chef cost?
    Our DBS chef service varies on the level of chef that you need, for instance a chef de partie is a lower charge rate than a head chef per hour. If you would like a quote, please contact our team or you can learn more about the true cost of a relief chef here.
  • How do you screen a relief chef?
    Our screening process for all DBS chefs consists of an telephone interview, application form, right to work checks and registration. We also take 1 reference for any DBS chef applicant. One the DBS chef has registered, we collect ongoing feedback from our customers on a weekly basis, to ensure they are the right person to represent our business.
  • Do your chefs have an enhanced DBS check or Basic?
    Most of our DBS chefs are enhanced, but some are basic. We do have an internal DBS checking tool where we can complete an enhanced DBS check in 48 hours.
  • What qualifications do your DBS chefs have?
    We request that all of our DBS chefs have an up to date level 2 food hygiene certificate (or higher) and an up to date Allergen awareness level 2 also. where the chef does not hold these qualifications on application, we enroll them into our in house training platform Citation. If you need a specific qualification, please communicate this to our team and we request the chef to complete it.
  • How long do I need to book a DBS chef for?
    We can cover anything from one shift to an ongoing assignment with our relief chef service. The only thing we stipulate is an 8 hour minimum charge per day.
  • How do I become an agency chef with Chefs for Chefs?
    You can become an agency chef easily by clicking here.
  • What experience do I need to become an agency chef?
    We ideally require 4 years experience as at least a chef de partie. You just also have the right to work in the U.K and hold a level 2 Hygiene Certificate & Allergen Awareness Level 2. if you don't have these qualifications, we can provide online training for you.
  • How often is Pay Day?
    Contractors are paid weekly on a Friday, this is for the previous weeks work.
  • Do your agency chef jobs provide live in accommodation ?
    Yes, a lot of our clients can offer free accommodation whilst on assignment.
  • Do you take on self employed or limited company contractors?
    Sadly not, we only engage contractors on a PAYE basis.
  • Do you have agency chef work in my area?
    We strive to offer work U.K wide and we have thousands of customers across the U.K, so there is a high chance we have work in a commutable distance for you.
  • Do I need any qualifications to be a relief chef?
    Yes, we require a Level 2 Hygiene and an allergen awareness certificate. if you don't have them, we can issue training modules. we also take any chef on with an Enhanced DBS check, for our care & education customers.
  • Do you have Chef Jobs in my area?
    this is entirely dependent on your location. You can visit our current vacancies here and search by location. If we do not have anything live at the moment, please contact us here, as we have a large network of employers that we can contact about your CV. Alternatively, you may want to consider becoming an agency chef, learn more here.
  • My CV needs updating, can you help me?
    Yes we can definatley optimise your CV for you, we have also built a guide on how to create a catchy CV too, read more here.
  • Do you have chef jobs that have live in?
    Yes, most of our customers can offer live in as part of the chef job that they are trying to recruit for.
  • I'm looking at new chef jobs, how do I send my CV to you?
    You can send us your CV by emailing us on info@chefsforchefs.co.uk or you can apply for a job on our vacancy page here . Please ensure that your CV is up to date and please provide a cover letter so that we can assist you explore our chef jobs.
  • I havnt done an interview in years, how do i prepare for it?
    Interviewing for a new chef job can be daunting, but preparation is key. Here, you can find our go to guide on how to nail your interview process.

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Discover a new flexible way of working in hospitality, apply today on the link below.

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