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 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
Downing House is situated on the edge of Withington Village, near Withington Library, with great transport links (buses and Metrolink). Our residential care home offers a comfortable and homely setting, providing high quality care for up to 25 residents. Our bright and spacious lounge, cinema room, dining area, and lovely garden are welcoming for our residents to chat with staff members, family or friends. We encourage our residents to take part in planned weekly activities, from in-house entertainment to social outings. We extend a warm welcome to our many visitors who visit our home to spend time with our residents.
Our experienced team ensure that all residents’ needs are constantly being met. Our aim is to make sure that everyone in our care is happy and comfortable and retains as much dignity and independence as possible. You will be joining a well-trained and close 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 the 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.
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