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Lead Chef

Location: Gatwick  |  Posted: 4 August, 2021

Lead Chef
Reports to: Kitchen Manager / Lounge Manager / Supervisor
Pay Rate: £12.50 per hour

Summary of Position:
To ensure that the food produced is of the highest quality, managing the expectations of the guests by supporting and giving direction to the kitchen team. Working with the Kitchen Manager and Lounge Manager to manage the costs and wastage, ensuring the team follow Health & Safety in the Kitchen and provide training to support the development of the team.

Duties & Responsibilities:
To prepare dishes for consumption, following the Company’s pre-established recipes and menu
Responsible for the planning, preparation and production of food
To assign tasks as orders come in, inspecting the presentation before food is delivered and displayed, determining the break schedule so that the kitchen remains sufficiently staffed at all times, and monitoring the workstations of lower cooks for cleanliness. Adhere to professional standards of food presentation, production and portion control. Assist in the stock control of food. Monitor the food wastage.
To instruct others on issues such as cleaning ingredients, slicing techniques, equipment maintenance, utensil sanitizing, proper refrigeration, heating requirements, hand washing, preventing cross-contamination, spoilage, disposal, and pest control. To supervise kitchen clean up at the end of the shift.
To assist with all administrative duties including good received notes and correct invoicing.
To manage kitchen areas, ensuring stock rotation, cleaning and suitable levels/ranges of stock are in place.
Ensure that Staff are always in clean tidy uniforms and are always presentable to be in guest view.
To ensure all available resources are used to their optimum and put into effect a smoothly run and profitable operation.
Support daily operations of the kitchen
Create prep lists for kitchen crew
Assist with menu planning, inventory, and managing of supplies
Ensure the hygiene, cleanliness and tidiness of the kitchen and food counters achieve total customer satisfaction and meet company standards (ensuring cleaning schedules are adhered to)
To project a positive and motivated attitude among all associates.
Any other request within the scope of the position
The days and times of work will be on rota basis over 7 days

Qualifications / Essential Skills:
Previous experience in the culinary field required
Diploma Certification in a Culinary discipline an asset
Computer literate in Microsoft Office applications an asset
Strong interpersonal and problem solving abilities
Highly responsible and reliable
Ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment
Ability to work cohesively as part of a team
Ability to focus on guest needs, remaining calm and courteous at all times
Knowledge of Asian cuisine is an advantage for this application.
Minimum Level 2 Food Hygiene certification required

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