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Lead Chef – Community Meal Service

At a glance

Made in Hackney
£20.00 per hour
Closing date
Part-Time, Fixed Term
25 hours per week

About Made in Hackney

Made in Hackney is a community cookery school and charity. We teach vital cooking, composting and food growing skills that are good for people and the planet.  In our classes we draw people’s attention to the much-overlooked reality of, ‘without a healthy planet, how can we be healthy people?’ We, therefore, teach people in fun and inspiring ways healthy eating and lifestyle skills alongside environmental best practices.

The Role

  • Work alongside a kitchen team of 3 other chefs (Head Chef, Lead Chef and Support Chef) and volunteers to prepare, cook and serve 550-600 meals twice a week (180-200 portions each)
  • Develop monthly menu ideas alongside the rest of the chef team
  • Send recipes and equipment needs to the Head Chef each week
  • Provide volunteers with clear instructions on food prep, service and clean down tasks, giving support where needed
  • Adhere to all special meal requirements for food allergies and dislikes
  • Manage full clean down after each kitchen shift
  • Follow all Health and Safety protocols and additional COVID19 safety precautions and undertake any additional training as required
  • Take turns, in rotation with other chefs, to wash aprons and dish towels at home
  • Report any safeguarding concerns to MIH’s Safeguarding Lead

About You

  • Ideally 2 years minimum experience as a catering chef;
  • Experience of working in a commercial and/or community kitchen;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to take initiative, be flexible and think creatively on a limited budget;
  • Ability to deal with, and have empathy for, a diverse range of people including vulnerable groups;
  • A passion for organic plant-based food;
  • Enthusiasm, energy and a positive attitude.


  • Training in Emergency First Aid in in the Workplace, Food Safety, and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children
  • Staff discount of 10% in Food For All Health Food Shop on Cazenove Road N16
  • Free attendance of MIH CookaLong classes

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