Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents.
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.
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 29 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
Westall House is a CQC rated ‘Outstanding’ residential care home that provides care for older people in attractive and comfortable surroundings. Situated in the picturesque village of Horsted Keynes, our home benefits from beautiful views of the countryside. Our home has been carefully designed and modernised to provide a high standard of accommodation and includes a variety of 18 single ensuite bedrooms.
A dedicated ‘Activity and Well-being lead’ is committed to providing an engaging programme of wellbeing activities and social events. With everything from bingo, coffee mornings, reminiscence, mindfulness, 12 minutes of laughter, our weekly quiz and of course happy hour! All of these ensure that residents live and enjoy an active and fulfilled lifestyle. Mealtimes offer a choice of healthy and nutritious home cooked food prepared by our head chef who, famous for her Shortbread is able to cater for all dietary requirements and any personal preferences
Our team at Westall House is led by our long-serving Operations Manager who has been at the home since 2001! Every member of our kind-hearted and caring team plays a vital role in continuously supporting our residents to improve their quality of care and wellbeing. Whatever the role, we want our team members to feel motivated and rewarded throughout their career with us.
We offer a competitive package and benefits and are committed to helping you reach your potential. If you’d like to work for a home that genuinely cares about not only its residents, but also its team, please do get in touch.
The Abbeyfield Society