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Chef

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

What Abbeyfield Offer You

7:30 to 14:30 - Monday to Friday with occasional weekends - we can be flexible on these days and times.

At Abbeyfield, we are committed to rewarding our staff for their hard work. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • 31 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays
  • Comprehensive induction
  • Life Assurance
  • Pay progression within role
  • Learning and career development opportunities
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Company pension
  • Discounted gym membership
  • An employee assistance programme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Shop and save vouchers

Abbeyfield People

You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, and a track record of demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups on a regular basis.   Able to lead and support the kitchen staff team, you'll also train and develop the to get the best out of each individual.  You’ll also be able to manage resources, planning rotas in advance to ensure continuity of the catering service.

You’ll also be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation. 

Your mission is to manage the provision of a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents.  This involves ensuring every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet, prepared according to their tastes, and presented to a high standard.

You’ll also obtain feedback on meal preferences, and seek to constantly improve levels of satisfaction.  Ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene and health and safety requirements is key.  You’ll also manage purchasing and stock levels within the budget allocated.

We are committed to providing the highest standards of care, and we believe that great care starts with great people. Are you a caring, compassionate and welcoming person, who understands the needs of older people and is respectful at all times? Are you comfortable communicating and collaborating with a wide range of people in varied situations as well as a strong and confident team player?

And because we take the wellbeing of our residents and staff very seriously, you won't be surprised that to work for us, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (other than in exceptional circumstances), and intend to have any further booster vaccinations that are made available.

About Abbeyfield

For over 60 years, Abbeyfield has been a charity that provides housing for elderly people across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for our residents through excellent accommodation in a stimulating environment to help maintain a socially active life.

Abbeyfield is more than a home; it’s a neighbourhood, a community, a family. Our core behaviours are to be welcoming to everyone, celebrate the positives, work collaboratively, take responsibility, and be adaptable to changing circumstances.

Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.

Your role at Abbeyfield

You'll develop, in consultation with residents, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect their needs and preferences.  You’ll plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirements.  All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day.  And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided. 

You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner.  And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited.   Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.

You will also oversee safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management.  You’ll champion kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules and ensure your kitchen and store areas are clean and hygienic at all times.  You will also oversee the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.

A Great Place to Work

Situated in South West London near to Hampton Court Palace and Chessington, Abbeyfield House is just a short drive from Richmond and Bushy Park with excellent transport links and close to local amenities.  Established in 1999, our home is a purpose-built dementia care home offering 36 single en-suite rooms.  There is a beautiful, spacious garden filled with sensory items and ample seating for our residents to enjoy spending time outdoors.
Our experienced team recognise the importance of building and maintaining relationships with family and friends and welcome them warmly to our home.  Our aim is to offer exceptional care in an enjoyable environment. The team put on a varied and engaging calendar of social events for our residents and get to know them to find out what hobbies or interests they have.  Our house manager is passionate about food and nutritious and delicious meals are always served and enjoyed by our residents.  
Our home is warm, friendly and comfortable and our ultimate goal is for our residents to always feel happy, safe and secure.  Nothing is too much trouble for our committed team and problems are sorted out as soon as possible. You will be joining a closely knit team that is always committed to making a difference in people’s lives.  
We encourage an open and friendly culture amongst our staff who are well supported by our home manager.  Every member of the team is highly valued and receives ongoing training to keep up to date with good practice.  Through daily interaction we get to know our residents well and always ensure that everyone, staff included, are treated with kindness and respect.
If you feel that you share the same values as us, we would love to hear from you.
For more information about Abbeyfield House New Malden, please click here.
 

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