Cook / Chef
What Abbeyfield Offer You
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,
- 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
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 who is able to supervise staff, take responsibility, and not be afraid to say when something isn’t right? We are also looking for someone who is computer literate – confident in using various IT applications – and who can read, write and work with numbers to a good standard. You’ll be a competent cook, who can confidently prepare meals for large groups and keep to a budget, and someone who can adopt an adaptable and flexible approach to working and maintain a positive outlook.
It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents. You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). 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.
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.
Your role at Abbeyfield
You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role. Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.
You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team. And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.
You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.
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 ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition. Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review. You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.
Finally, you should be able to demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.
A Great Place to Work
Situated in a quiet residential area of the historic city of Cambridge, all within reach of shops, community centre, post office and pubs, Browns Field House is our purpose built dementia-friendly care home. Our home can accommodate up to 28 residents, some of which are suitable for couples. Four of our rooms come with en-suite facilities and you will find walk-in showers or assisted baths on every corridor. There are ample communal areas around the house where our residents can chat with a member of staff or a loved one. A large sensory garden is also available for our residents to walk round or to tend to plants, vegetables or flowers for any keen gardener!
A dedicated activities co-ordinator plans a wide variety of weekly activities to ensure that there is always something to do from pub lunches to karaoke. Residents have the choice of dining in their room if they do not wish to go to the dining room to enjoy our delicious home cooked meals.
We encourage our team to have the time to build friendships with our residents, understand their needs and make every day more fulfilling for them. All of our committed team are trained to the highest standard and provide personalised care plans for each of our residents. As a smaller house, we are very homely and our team work hard to ensure that we offer a warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere. We invest in training and personal development of our team and firmly believe that if people are fulfilled in their roles, they perform their roles to a higher standard.
There are plenty of challenges in our roles, but through initiative and by building close relationships with our residents, every role is rewarding and crucial to our overall goal to enrich our residents’ lives. If you would like greater job satisfaction knowing that you are helping people lead more meaningful lives, then you are the type of person we are looking for to join our team.
The Abbeyfield Society