Sous Chef, Kidderminster
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- Kidderminster, Worcestershire
- Job Description
- Post Code
- DY10 3HN
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- Role Highlights
Second Chef - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week - £11.39 p/h plus excellent benefits!!
Excellent Work Life Balance
Sector-leading training and collaboration
While many of our head chefs, second chefs and kitchen assistants have joined us from leading hotels, restaurants and resorts, they continue to develop their expertise through a raft of sector-leading training. Courses include how to work with texture to modify food for residents who have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) through to maximising flavour without adding salt, reducing sugar to cater to diabetic diets, fortifying food to add calories, plus advanced baking.
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If you’re an aspiring chef with experience gained in a high paced kitchen environment and are looking for a rewarding role offering great training, work life balance and the chance to be part of a catering team that are award winning, join Care UK as a Second Chef and make a real difference.
Being a Second Chef at Care UK
Second Chefs at Care UK are great at working with others. They enjoy sharing information and raising standards through culinary development, innovation and new ideas. They have access to a large supply chain for all catering requirements and the autonomy to create nutritious well balanced menus for everyone. They’re self-motivated, flexible, enthusiastic and happy to take responsibility for resolving issues that arise. And, they know how to maintain team discipline and morale within the kitchen. Do you have the same sort of attributes? Then we could have just the role for you.
What you’ll be doing
Being a Second Chef isn’t just about helping the Head Chef ensure food is prepared to the agreed standard and that deadlines are met. It’s about taking control of running the kitchen in their absence. It's about using modern kitchen equipment and fresh local produce to develop full diet sensitive meals for residents so they can enjoy the same flavour and nutrition. And it's about helping to come up with menus, consulting with residents to ensure their needs and choices are met and preparing food in line with specific diets. Put simply, it’s about making a difference. A real difference.
What you’ll need
As well as a Catering Diploma (City & Guilds/BTEC) and NVQ 2/3 in practical cookery and Health and Safety. Food Hygiene Certificates (minimum level 2) are essential. You’ll also need good knowledge of nutritionally balanced menu planning and a proven ability to cater for specific dietary needs. And, if you’ve worked in a care home and/or have experience of stock control or working with a budget, even better (but not essential). Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding.
- Alternate weekend working and socilabe working hours
- Competitive rates of pay – we continuously review pay in your local market
- Opportunities to progress through our personalised career paths into Head Chef opportunities
- Competitive refer a friend scheme of up to £1000 depending on role
- Quality and free training to help develop and enhance your skills
- Bank holiday enhancements
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free DBS
- Thousands of online and in-store discounts across big known retailers enabling our colleagues to make big savings on every day shopping such as holidays, supermarkets and travel.
- Employee Assistance Programme – Immediate access to a confidential telephone counselling and legal information service which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to include support such as financial and family concerns
One of the UK’s leading care home providers, Care UK run over 120 homes and day clubs across the UK that provide residential, nursing, dementia and end-of-life care for older people. A top rated employer in best quality results, our goal is to help every employee fulfil their potential by providing first-class training and support.
Fulfilling lives, fulfilling Careers.
- Where you'll work
At Brook Court care home in Kidderminster we believe in helping residents to continue living an active, enjoyable life.
Our experienced team here in Kidderminster works together to provide a full range of quality care for older people, from residential and short-term respite care through to care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Independence is the key
Like all Care UK staff, our experienced and dedicated care teams at Brook Court take pride in delivering the very highest quality residential, dementia and nursing care. They get to know every resident – their likes, dislikes and life stories – and then create a personalised care plan that enables your loved one to maintain their independence and enjoy activities based on their lifelong hobbies and interests, or even to try something new.
The home itself has an impressive range of facilities, with a focus on providing residents with the luxurious lifestyle they deserve. On the ground floor you’ll find an in-house cinema, hair salon and contemporary coffee shop, with freshly baked cakes available every day. It’s a lovely setting to catch up with visitors, friends and loved ones, and there’s always something going on.
Throughout the home there are lovely spaces, from airy lounges to quiet sitting areas, where residents can join in activities, talk or simply read or relax. Visitors are also welcome to use these spaces at any time of day too as we recognise that spending time with friends and family is critical to the wellbeing of our residents.
Care UK is committed to ensuring that it employs people with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and will assess every applicant fairly regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependents, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from working with us, it will depend on the nature of the role and background of any offence.