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Assistant Cook


I am currently on the lookout for an Assistant Cook in Suffolk near East Bergholt to work as part of a nationwide educational charity that has properties across the country.

to resident and non-resident groups. This will include hands-on cooking and assisting with day-to-day kitchen management tasks.

This is an active role and will require the cook to be able to carry out duties associated with kitchen work including manual handling, e.g. carrying saucepans, food items, assisting with food deliveries.

The average working week is 5 days over 7 offering a notional average of 40 hours per week, this would equate to a total of 2080 hours of work annualised over a full year. The weekly hours are based on a flexible shift pattern, this will fluctuate throughout the core season according to business needs. This is a permanent seasonal position. The core season normally starts in April and runs until November each year.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a chef looking for a decent work/life balance while keeping a solid foot working in a fresh food site alongside passionate chefs creating seasonal dishes to a high level.


Candidate Role

  • Cooking and delivery of breakfast (earliest usually 7.45 am) and evening meals (latest usually 6.30 pm) for up to 120 residential visitors, and occasional meals for non-residential groups, in accordance with health and hygiene regulations
  • Preparation of home-baked items for packed lunches / refreshments
  • Assisting with the monitoring and recording of all catering functions in accordance with safe catering practices e.g. HACCP, Safer Food Better Business
  • Assisting with the compilation of a varied range of menus to satisfy differing user groups, taking account of special diets and the ‘healthy eating’ agenda using, where practicable, local, organic and fair-trade ingredients
  • Laying up tables for breakfasts and evening meals for resident groups and, on occasions, for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea for day groups
  • Serving hot meals at breakfasts and dinners and assisting customers during service
  • Setting out refreshments for staff at weekday mid-morning breaks
  • Clearing, washing up and drying crockery, cutlery and other cooking utensils from the dining room and kitchens
  • Safely operating the dishwasher and other mechanical/electrical equipment (after appropriate training)
  •  Receiving deliveries and ensuring they are checked and correctly stored on arrival
  •  Preparing sandwich fillings and packed lunch materials
  • Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene throughout the dining room, kitchen, pantry and other storage areas, based on daily and weekly cleaning rotas
  •  Assisting with sourcing suppliers and placing orders
  •  Ensuring that tea/coffee making areas for visitors are kept clean and stocked
  •  Providing lunches for staff on duty
  •  Participating in the cleaning, upkeep and decorating of the kitchen and dining area in off-peak times


Candidate Specification


  • Must have several years working in quality, fresh food sites
  • Experience at sous chef level is preferred
  • Must have excellent communication and management skills
  • Be tidy and efficient worker
  • Experience managing various kitchen sections would be preferred 
  • Have a keen eye for fine detail
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have the ability and drive to develop your career and skill set

The Employer

  • Seasonal work from April to November
  • Competitive salary
  • Great work-life balance on hours



Extra Information

Contact our consultants today for more information on this exciting position- 01422 893 009

In line with the requirements of the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. Documented evidence of the eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process.


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