Private School Chef

  • £12.60 - £13.00 per hour + Term time only

  • Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Position: School Chef

Location: Tunbridge Wells

Working Hours: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Pre-Prep School Kitchen), optional 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Main Kitchen) - Term Time Only (34 weeks per year)

Employment Type: Full-time (42.5 hours per week) or Part-time (25 hours per week - flexible arrangement)

Salary: £12.60 - £13 per hour

Are you a passionate chef with experience in working in kitchens and a love for creating delicious meals for children? If so, we are seeking a skilled and dedicated Chef to oversee our pre-prep school kitchen. In addition to the morning shift, there is also an option to work in our main kitchen during the evening, allowing you to broaden your culinary expertise.


  • Plan and prepare nutritious meals for children, considering any dietary restrictions or allergies.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the pre-prep school kitchen, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow.
  • Maintain high standards of food hygiene, cleanliness, and safety in accordance with relevant regulations and best practices.
  • Collaborate with the school's staff and nutritionist to develop menus that promote healthy eating habits.
  • Monitor inventory, order supplies, and manage the budget to ensure cost-effectiveness.
  • Train and supervise kitchen assistants, ensuring they adhere to food safety and quality standards.
  • Foster a positive and welcoming atmosphere in the kitchen, promoting a healthy relationship with food for the children.


  • Previous experience as a chef, preferably in a school or catering environment.
  • A genuine passion for cooking and providing nutritious meals for children.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills to handle multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with staff and interact with children.
  • Knowledge of food hygiene regulations and best practices, including relevant certifications.
  • Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance is mandatory but this will be carried out for the successful applicant.

We take pride in offering a nurturing and supportive environment for both our students and staff. As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on children's lives through healthy and delicious meals. We value work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements to suit your needs.

To apply: If you are excited about the prospect of becoming our new Chef and contributing to our students' well-being, please submit your application, including your most recent CV and a cover letter Please mention your preferred working hours (full-time or part-time) in your application.

We appreciate all applications, but please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming a talented and dedicated chef to our team!

Twentysix Recruitment is an independent Catering & Hospitality specialist agency. Providing nationwide coverage across the UK for all roles within the Catering sector. We approach our client's and candidates' needs from a highly knowledgeable viewpoint, with a thorough understanding of the current marketplace.

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