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Head Chef – Community Meal Service

At a glance

Made in Hackney
£19,800 per year
Closing date
Part-Time, Permanent
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

  • Managing a kitchen team of three Lead Chefs and volunteers
  • Ensuring 3 meals prepared on each day which use different recipes that complement each other (550-600 meals twice a week (180-200 portions each)
  • Liaising with MIH Community Food Manager about any issues arising relating to food and special meal requests from beneficiaries
  • Liaising with Meal Service Logistics Team about any changes to meal numbers, allergen or no-spice meal requests, containers available for food etc
  • Overseeing clean down of kitchen space after each shift
  • Provide kitchen team with clear briefings and instructions on how to prepare the meals, giving support where needed
  • Communicating efficiently with the kitchen team about shift hours and any time changes or extra responsibilities
  • Accurately logging chef hours and timesheets
  • Lead the kitchen team and support them to deliver their roles efficiently through one to one support, effective training and a compassionate approach to identify and resolve issues
  • Actively support the management and training of onsite volunteers

For the full job description click here.

About You

  • At least 2 years experience as a head chef in catering or a café/restaurant
  • Experience of working in a commercial and/or community kitchen, pop up or café/restaurant
  • Demonstrable experience and ability to effectively scale up recipes to meet the demand of the meals service
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience as a team leader, managing and supporting a diverse team
  • Computer literate with excellent IT skills and confident in using MS Excel to manage staff rotas, recipe metrics and using apps to order supplies

For the full person specification click here.


  • Flexible working arrangement with combination of working from MIH meal service kitchen and from home
  • Training provided in Safeguarding Adults and Children, Emergency First Aid, Food Safety and Salesforce CRM etc
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which includes counselling and physio
  • Staff Wellbeing and social activities throughout the year
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff discount of 15% in Food For All Shop

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