Head Chef

Hours: Full Time

Shift: Day

Care Home: Buxton Lodge

Role Specification

Do you enjoy cooking and have experience?

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

About Us:

Buxton Lodge Care Home is a CQC registered care home which has been rated good. The home cares 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 Buxton Lodge Care Home which is based in Caterham On the Hill.

What does the job role involve?

This role involves carrying out duties for meal preparations, orders and staff requirements, whilst maintaining food hygiene standards and the following tasks:

  • To implement and supervise all aspects of kitchen control e.g. menus, hygiene, health and safety, staff, cleaning and waste control.
  • To supervise and develop staff using the available company resources, to maximise their potential.
  • To order catering consumables from current nominated suppliers in line with Company Purchasing policy.
  • 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 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 on staff costs and consumables and to co-operate in any action necessary so as to keep to budget.
  • To assist in the preparation of function menus and costing.
  • To complete all staff personal development reviews.

All other duties related to the Chef role.

A successful candidate:

  • Must have previous cooking experience
  • Has a food hygiene certificate
  • Able to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Obtains good communication skills
  • Able to follow and prioritise tasks and responsibilities set
  • To have the values of making a positive impact

What we can offer:

  • Opportunity to work in a truly committed team
  • 40 hour contact per week, including weekend work (bank hours are also available!)
  • Pay rate: £15 per hour
  • 1 hour paid break
  • 28 days annual leave including bank holidays (pro rata for part time contracts)
  • Yearly salary review
  • Company pension and Life Insurance
  • Free DBS (T&C’s apply)
  • Free or discounted meals
  • Free parking at the care home
  • Paid uniform
  • On-going support with development, leadership training on offer
  • Refer a friend scheme, with up to £500 – £750 reward for each referral (T & C’s apply)

Why join us?

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

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

Diversity, Integrity, Fun, Committed and Connecting

If these are your values too and you’re looking for a rewarding job in making a real difference to the lives of our residents, then we want to hear from you.

AUREM Care – Ambitious, Unique, Respectful, Engaging, Meaningful

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £15 per hour


  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking


  • Day shift
  • Weekend availability


  • Chef: 1 year (required)


  • food hygiene (preferred)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: In person

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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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