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Sous Chef

Adrian Gordon Café, Harrow, Stanmore, Greater London, HA7 3FT

Employment Type
Full Time

£25,000 - £30,000 + Benefits

Contract Type

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The Sous Chef will work alongside the head chef within the Adrian Gordon Cafe at Sandringham. You will be responsible for food production and service in our new modern facility, you will also assume the role of head chef in their absence. An important role in the kitchen, the Sous Chef is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of food preparation and working practices., whilst meeting Health & Safety Regulations, financial controls and the management and development of kitchen teams.

You will:

  • Ensure all food hygiene and Health & Safety practices are monitored, met, and recorded in line with organisational policies and current legislations.
  • Ensure all food produced is to the agreed standard, developing innovative approaches ensuring market trends, cultural requirements and Kashrut laws are met.
  • Wwork within the agreed budget, administer unit controls in line with budget and consistently seek and implement ways of improving the quality and cost effectiveness of the service. 
  • Manage financial and administrative requirements to ensure Jewish Care budgets and Policies are adhered to.
  • Ensure that individual learning needs are met through provision of high-quality training and development to inspire learners in developing their skills and capabilities.
  • Keep abreast of best practice within the National Catering sector to ensure Jewish Care’s training and development remains relevant and innovative.
  • Lead, motivate and encourage team building to ensure agreed qualitative outcomes are achieved and customer service expectations are exceeded and maintained. 
  • Delivery of a proactive, flexible, and positive customer experience to ensure individual service users’ needs are met.
  • Take part in meetings with potential clients to discuss and agree catering functions across the facility, and to address special needs or dietary requirements. This must include knowledge of cultural and religious preferences.
  • Support cost-effective stock control systems to minimise waste and ensure these are in place.
  • Ensure equipment checks are maintained, liaising with Maintenance to ensure equipment is serviced regularly. Report any faults immediately to the Head Chef for action.
  • Deputise for the Head Chef in their absence and comply with their responsibilities.
  • Attend initial and update mandatory training as required. Actively engage in personal professional supervision including quarterly one-to-one meetings and a yearly performance review, ensuring personal professional knowledge and competency is maintained.
  • Work flexibly within contracted hours to ensure resources are used efficiently and, where chosen, sign an opt-out clause under Working Time Directives 
  • Proven experience of working with a five-star café/bistro culture.

You will need :

• City of Guilds 706 1 / 2 or equivalent of

• Appropriate supervisory experience and relevant qualifications pertaining to the safe delivery of Food & Hygiene or Catering Services. NVQ Level 2 or 3

• At least five years’ experience in a busy kitchen

• Awareness of COSHH and CQC regulations

• Experience of working to deadlines and adhering to budgetary requirements.

• Takes responsibility for own work and making improvements where possible  

• Awareness of waste disposal techniques and infection control

• Understands the challenge of and sensitivity needed to care and support vulnerable people

• Working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation• Ability to organize and prioritise workload, and work under pressure

• IT Literacy – with an ability to pick up new systems with ease

• Ability to communicate and manage interpersonal relationships, including influencing skills.

• Excellent customer service skills

For a full job description please email

In line with government guidance, we will be asking all candidates to confirm if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19

We are a team of many different backgrounds and cultures

Jewish Care is the leading health and social care charity serving the Jewish community in the UK. Though our clients are all of a similar religious tradition, our staff represent diverse cultures and faiths.

Why you'll love working with us

No matter how young or old you are, if you want to make a real difference in people's lives, we'll reward you for your hard work and dedication. On top of providing some of the most competitive pay rates in the care industry, we offer excellent benefits, including:

  • 4% employer pension contribution
  • Employee referral bonus scheme
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • Free meals
  • Wellbeing & staff recognition initiatives
About us

Jewish Care is a communal organisation touching the lives of over 10,000 people every week. We aim to make a positive impact on the lives of Jewish people by enhancing wellbeing and inspiring them to stay connected to their community. We provide a variety of health and social care services to meet the community's physical, social and emotional needs, including older people, those with mental health needs, Holocaust survivors, people living with dementia and people with disabilities.

We employee 1,100 staff and 3,000 volunteers from multicultural backgrounds who work together to enrich vulnerable people's lives in a positive and caring way. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we are proud of how our staff have responded and the agility they have shown to ensure we continue to meet changing requirements.

Please be aware that this vacancy will close once a sufficient number of candidates have been identified.

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