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Job Introduction

Are you looking for a job that will make a real difference to someone’s life? Are you passionate about making life better for older people? If so then this could be the position for you

We are seeking a Cook for our purpose-built house in Kings Langley - a not-for-profit, friendly supported sheltered home (not a care home). 


Role Responsibility

No two days are the same at Garrad House.  As a Cook you will have to opportunity help set the weekly menus for the residents, ensuring their dietary needs, tastes and preferences are met.  As well as this you will need to ensure that the kitchen and kitchen practice always meet environmental health standards (Safer Food Better Business Guidance).  Each day you will preparing either a delicious lunch or tea from locally sourced, fresh ingredients as well as assisting the other Cook with stock control, cleaning and so on.


But it's not all about cooking.  Our Cooks also have a lot of interaction with the residents so you will help the Manager in the admission of new residents by assisting with their settling in.  You’ll proactively encourage residents to be involved in the house; welcome and encourage their participation in activities.  You will also have the responsibility for the residents’ welfare in the absence of the Business & Operations Manager and respond to any queries or emergencies.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a passion for cooking and creating exciting meals from fresh ingredients, appropriate for the residents.  You should have the ability to multi-task, and be calm under pressure.  Some flexibility with hours will be required to attend training, courses and meetings.


Suitable for someone who has the desire to make a difference to the lives of older people, and is looking for a role that is more than just a job.  You should be highly organised, adaptable and able to work alone and take an active part in arranging activities and interests for the residents.

Our ideal Cook would have the following:

•           Food Hygiene certificate/relevant NVQ2 or equivalent qualification Level 2 minimum

•           A demonstrable ability to cook to a good standard

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.

From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available.  By working at Abbeyfield, you’ll be joining a charity with more than 400 houses and over 7000 residents. But we’re also developing new homes throughout the UK with state-of-the-art facilities. 

We offer a wonderful working environment, friendly residents and staff as well as paid leave, training opportunities and workplace pension

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

The Abbeyfield Society


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