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Sanford House, Danes Fort Drive, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2HH
Catering and Hospitality
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Head Chef - Sanford House,  Dereham, 

40 hours per week - £9.94 per hour

We are delighted to be looking for an experienced and passionate Head Chef to join our team at Sanford House . 

This is an exciting time to be joining the home where we provide specialist nursing and dementia care for elderly residents.

Reporting to the Home Manager, you will organise and control the efficient and economic production of quality food within the allowed budget, whilst maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Main Responsibilities;

Prepare, cook and serve hot and cold meals, as and when required
Provide for special dietary requirements where necessary, and take into account the preferences of individual Clients
Responsible for the management of a small kitchen team
Liaise with the Home Manager when planning / costing menus in order to provide a balanced nutritious diet, making the best use of available fresh foods
Conduct basic food hygiene training for all Care Staff involved in handling and delivery of food
Maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence
Ensure statutory Health and Safety standards in the kitchen and dining areas
Ensure all crockery and equipment is cleaned and stored appropriately, and that the overall cleaning of the kitchen area (and, where appropriate, the dining areas) is carried out effectively
Understand, and ensure the implementation of, the Care Centres Health and Safety policy, and Emergency and Fire procedures
Promote safe working practice in the Care Centre
Adhere to all Company policies and procedures within the defined timescales
Ensure all equipment is clean and well maintained
Carry out any other tasks that may be reasonably assigned to you

Person Specification

Experience of autonomous working in catering environment
Leadership skills
Food/Hygiene certificate and/or City and Guilds 706 – 1&2 or equivalent
Good Communication Skills
Ability to plan and prepare meals which are in keeping with special dietary requirements
Experiene working to strict budgets

Why join our team?

One place of work – We operate residential/supported living services, meaning you’ll not need to worry about travelling from location to location.
Flexible hours – enabling you to balance work and home life.
Voluntary Benefits Package – offering amazing retail discounts at over 8,000 locations nationwide, enabling our staff to make savings of up to £1,500 per year
Personalised career path ladders including support with your Care Certificate to ensure fulfilling career development
Learning and Development programme with full induction training including buddy system
Employee Assistance Programme – Immediate access to a confidential telephone counselling and legal information service which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Online Health Portal - All colleagues have access to the online health portal which enables you to make the most of full access to an encyclopedia of health information
Refer a Friend Scheme – get up to £500 for referring a carer and £1000 for referring a nurse to us 
We are a Wagestream employer, this enables you to keep track of your earnings, have instant access to 40% of wages already earned and access guidance to help with financial wellbeing.

To Apply

This is a full-time position, working 40 hours per week including alternative weekend with a salary offered of £9.94 per hour. If you have the skills, experience and passion to join us, please click ‘APPLY’ or email

“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age”.

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