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Cook Part Time

Job Introduction

Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents. 


Role Responsibility

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. 

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.

The Ideal Candidate

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.

Finally, you should be able to demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.

Package Description

At Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.

In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package.  This includes 31 days paid leave, (pro rata), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts.  We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started, to further opportunities to progress your career as a cook, through development, to gain more experience in your role.  And there may be opportunities in some of our Homes to develop into Sous Chefs/Second Chefs, all the way up to a Head Chef/Catering Manager role.

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.

About the Company

Purpose built in 2011, Abbeyfield Court offers older people independent living in a secure, sociable environment just outside of Southampton. Located just a short walk from our home are local shops, a pub and parklands, our home is  a 30 minute drive to central of Southampton and a 20 minute drive to central Portsmouth.

Our home has 16 apartments which consist of one or two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and lounge area. We also have a spacious communal lounge and dining room for residents to use at their leisure for activities or to socialise with one another. As well as an on-site hairdressing salon, chiropody and massage services on offer, our residents can also partake in planned activities such as bingo, film afternoons and craft sessions.  Alternatively, they can while away the days at a more leisurely pace enjoying our beautiful garden with a greenhouse, fruit patch and summer house.

Relaxation and inclusion are an important part of life at Locks Heath with spaces and time made for residents to relax, reflect and enjoy later life. We are proud of our outstanding team at Abbeyfield Court who all work together to achieve the same goal of enriching the lives of our older people. 

We offer great career opportunities at our home and you will be joining an amazing team who genuinely care about making a difference. We support all our team throughout their career with us and invest in them with ongoing learning and development opportunities.

At Abbeyfield court you will be responsible for the service and preparation of meals for our 17 residents and smooth running of the kitchen during the shift.

The Abbeyfield Society


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