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Chef de Partie
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF30602-R

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 04/12/2019

Job live date: 23/10/2019

Salary: £20,130 - £24,461

Employment type: AOS-Manual

Department: Campus Commerce

Division: Catering Hotel & Conference Services

Hours per week: 36

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Permanent

This post involves the preparation, cooking and service of food for events held across the University estate and external venues.

We are looking for friendly and outstanding Chefs who want to work in a creative environment with an emphasis on cooking from scratch to allow us to serve delicious and on-trend dishes that have been made with love. Our style of cooking ranges from cook to order to large dining halls to private dining and events – absolutely no ‘school dinners’ are served, ever!

Our love of food extends beyond our Catering operations and into research, with large Food Sciences and Agriculture departments, including farms, within the University. Our beef for example, is sourced from our own farms. We have ambitious plans to be the offering the best food within a UK University and you’ll be part of a team working towards this success. We can work around school holidays and family commitments, including part-time hours, in most cases. There are frequent opportunities for career progression within our team.

There is no formal interview for this post – successful candidates will need to attend a 1 on 1 practical session of around 4 hours with our team, this is conducted in a friendly manner and designed for you to show us what you can do and for you to ask us questions too. Please provide several dates and times you would be available.

Due to the nature of hospitality catering, this post will require at least 50% of hours worked to be outside of normal University working hours of Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00.

You will have:

  • Either experience, or a formal Chef qualifications to demonstrate your ability to cook
  • The ability to remain calm within the workplace and team player
  • Adaptability and openness to try new ideas
  • Good understanding and commitment to food safety
  • Full UK driving licence


Contact role:

Head Chef - Hospitality

Contact name:

Andy Farmer

Contact phone:

+44 (0) 118 378 5662

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


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