Head Chef

Hours: Full Time

Shift: Day

Care Home: Westbank Care Home

Are you seeking an opportunity to make a positive impact in your local community?

Do you enjoy cooking and have experience in managing a kitchen?

Are you able to work alongside residents in a Care Home to cater for their meals?

About Us:

Westbank Care Home is a CQC registered care home with a Good rating. The home is elegantly styled which provides beautiful open plan living accommodation for all of our residents, the home provides excellent care for up to 40 older people.

The home is supported by a friendly and committed team, fully trained in providing care for older people who require residential care, nursing care or who are living with dementia and other complex conditions

We are seeking an experienced and hard working Head Chef to join our friendly team at Westbank Care Home, which is based in Borough Green, Kent.

What does the job role involve?

To co-ordinate all aspects of the kitchen so that food is prepared to the agreed standard and that time deadlines are met.

The role includes but is not limited to:

  • To implement and supervise all aspects of kitchen control e.g. menus, hygiene, health and safety, staff, cleaning and waste control.
  • To identify and recruit all grades of staff under your control within the agreed guidelines.
  • To supervise and develop staff
  • To order catering consumables
  • To have full understanding of H.A.C.C.P, to ensure all staff adhere to H.A.C.C.P and all documentation are completed and sighed are by the appropriate members of staff
  • To complete monthly audits for kitchen reporting any finding to home manager
  • To prepare menus for the nursing home taking into account the content, balance, colour and nutritional values, inline with agreed budget.
  • To consult with residents on a regular basis to ensure that their needs and choices are being met.
  • To prepare special diets for residents as directed by the nursing staff.
  • To maintain the agreed stock levels of food.
  • To implement and maintain an agreed deep cleaning schedule for the kitchen.
  • To carry out stock takes at the end of each month.
  • To implement four weekly rota.
  • To work within agreed budget guidelines
  • To assist in the preparation of function menus and costing.
  • To co-operate with requests from the Home Manager and residents wherever possible.
  • To attend resident/relative meetings whenever possible.
  • To carry out staff supervision adhering to home policies.
  • To complete all staff personal development reviews
  • Any ad hoc duties to meet service delivery for our residents and home.

What makes a successful candidate:

  • Must have previous Head Chef experience
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Knowledge in planning balanced menu’s
  • Able to cater for specific dietary needs
  • Good communication skills
  • Be able to follow and prioritise tasks and responsibilities
  • Engage well with people we support in their continuing interests and supporting positive experiences
  • Able to work well as part of a team and independently

What can we offer you in return for your hardwork and commitment?

  • Day shifts
  • Pay rate: £15.07 per hour
  • Full time contract
  • 40 hours per week, including weekend work
  • Working hours are: 7am – 5pm
  • 28 Days Annual Leave including bank holidays (pro rata for part time contracts)
  • Life insurance
  • Free or discounted meals
  • Free parking
  • Company pension
  • Wagestream – Same-day pay
  • Our employee assist programme – healthcare and mental health support
  • Free in house training via our elearning platform, your Hippo, in addition to our fully funded apprenticeship courses.
  • Yearly salary review
  • Being part of an organisation where empowering and valuing our people is fundamental to everything we do

Why join us?

 Aurem Care have been awarded for the prestigious ‘Top 20 Care Home Group’ accolade by carehome.co.uk, celebrating our commitment to excellence in care across the UK.

Our homes are all about people caring about people, we believe our care homes should be happy homes for loved ones.

Our team play an important role in our homes, to ensure that our values are lived and embraced every day.

Diversity, Integrity, Fun, Committed and Connecting

If these are values that resonate with you and you’re looking for a rewarding job in making a real difference to the lives of our amazing residents, then we want to hear from you now!

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Our Values

Aurem Care homes are all about people caring about people, we believe our care homes should be happy homes for loved ones.

Where older adults can forge worthwhile, meaningful relationships with our team and make new friends.

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