We are different so forget any ideas of what you think we do….
What we are about
We are looking for Chef de Partie’s who share our passion for great food to join us on full time , permanent basis on our journey to create the best campus food experience. We produce fresh, nutritious and tasty dishes from scratch, with our menus changing daily and following seasonality across six kitchens. ‘Remarkable Kitchens at a Remarkable University’ was how Radio 4’s Food Programme summed us up after visiting us. Our love of food is in the DNA of the University, as a global leader in teaching and research in and around Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Sustainability as well as having our own farms that supply our kitchens. We are following an ambitious vision to be the best!
We are committed to the 24 Principles of Menus of Change, guiding our thinking around nutrition and sustainability. We are the first European Member of the Menus of Change Universities Research Collaborative (MCURC). MCURC is a group of 70 like-minded Universities committed to using academic and operational research to improve the health of individuals and the planet. Visit www.reading.ac.uk/menusofchange to find out more.
We are a relatively small team, so all our Chefs regularly move between sites, trading in different styles. We encourage everyone to contribute to the up-coming menus and are looking forward to holding development days where your creativity is only limited by your mind! All our colleagues play an equally important part in our operations, regardless of their role, including a large number of students working for us. We don’t permit shouting in any of our kitchens and insist everyone is called by their preferred first name.
How we work
We are a diverse team and welcome applications from all, including those looking for part-time, job-share, term time only, other flexible working arrangements or adaptations.
Our Kitchens operate 7am to 11pm, seven days per week, for 31 weeks (term time). We generally don’t permit holiday to be taken during this period unless for your birthday, school half terms, eloping etc. Outside of term time (21 weeks) we are quieter and encourage holidays to be taken, with around half our sites closed. We pay additional top-ups to monthly pay for early morning, evening and weekend working.
You’ll find lots more information about us at www.clever-cuisine.com, our home page for students who regularly eat with us.
How you apply
We understand that the application processes can be time consuming, so our application form is quick and easy to complete, taking no more than 30 minutes of your time. You’ll need to write two or three paragraphs before starting the application form telling us about your passion for great food and cooking and anything else you feel would be of interest to us! Please copy and paste this into the application form as you complete it. Ensure you have any paperwork to hand relating to your career and professional development including School, College or University qualifications, Food Safety and key employment dates/details.
If you don’t have formal qualifications please tell us about your experience around cooking food from scratch, either at home or at work or anything else that you think is relevant.
If your initial application is successful, the next stage is an informal 45 minute discussion via Microsoft Teams (free to download) with you on your food journey both as a chef and an individual. This is also a chance to find out more about us, so a great opportunity to ask whatever you wish. We don’t expect or want you to prepare answers for this, we aren’t looking to catch you out in any way!
The final stage is for you to come into one of our kitchens for around 4 hours to see how you work as part of a team and for us to assess your ability around cooking. Our friendly team will make you feel welcome and support you during this. Again, we aren’t looking to catch you out, we will be solely focused on your ability to cook and to work as part of a team. This may include asking you to prepare a practical idea before arriving and then cooking/implementing it when on-site.
If you want to come on board, hit ‘Apply for job’ now and we look forward to meeting you.
Don't be put off by the length of time before the closing date either, once you have submitted your application we will be reviewing all applications when we receive them, so don't wait until the last minute to apply - Good luck!
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Head Chef – Bars and Dining
Head of Bars and Dining
Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-UK candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that by reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship will not be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.
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.