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Deputy Chef

Job Introduction

Your mission is to manage the provision of a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents.  This involves ensuring every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet, prepared according to their tastes, and presented to a high standard.

You’ll also obtain feedback on meal preferences, and seek to constantly improve levels of satisfaction.  Ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene and health and safety requirements is key.  You’ll also manage purchasing and stock levels within the budget allocated.

Role Responsibility

You'll develop, in consultation with residents, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect their needs and preferences.  You’ll plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirements.  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 oversee safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management.  You’ll champion kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules and ensure your kitchen and store areas are clean and hygienic at all times.  You will also oversee the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, and a track record of demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups on a regular basis.   Able to lead and support the kitchen staff team, you'll also train and develop the to get the best out of each individual.  You’ll also be able to manage resources, planning rotas in advance to ensure continuity of the catering service.

You’ll also be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.

Package Description

In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes:

●          31 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays (pro rata)

●          Opportunity to train and develop your catering career

●          Occupational sick pay scheme

●          Company pension scheme

●          Shop and save discounts

About the Company

Abbeyfield Winnersh is a dementia-friendly residential care home situated in the friendly village of Winnersh, Wokingham.  Our home has 62 en-suite bedrooms, each with a brightly coloured front door complete with a letterbox and street lamp. A wonderful range of facilities include a beauty salon, communal and private lounges and café which our residents and their visiting friends and families can enjoy at their leisure.

A large garden and roof terrace have been designed to encourage outside living with lots of areas for activity or relaxation in the warmer months or in our summer houses which are used by our residents throughout the year.  For the younger family members, a fun area and climbing frame is provided too.

We believe that it is important to treat our residents as individuals and tailor the care towards specific individual needs.  Our team is dedicated to ensuring all residents’ needs are met and expectations exceeded.  

We passionately support our residents in being independent and carrying out their lives the way they wish.  We ensure that our resident care and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. If you feel that you share the same values as us and believe you can be a valuable member of our team, we would love to hear from you.

The Abbeyfield Society

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