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Second Chef

Ventress Hall
Darlington, County Durham

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Darlington, County Durham

Are you an aspiring Second Chef with experience in a fast-paced kitchen environment with an emphasis on fresh and seasonal produce? Looking for a rewarding career with excellent training and opportunities for development? Then join Care UK, a multi award winning care provider as a Second Chef.

The Role

  • Leading the team in the smooth running of the kitchen operation
  • Develop nutritious and diet sensitive meals for residents and their requirements
  • Menu design and planning
  • Managing stock control and adhering to food cost guidelines
  • Ensure compliance with both Food Safety and Health and Safety in the kitchen
  • Training, supervising, and developing a team to help them make the most of their potential

Some of our benefits by joining the Care UK family

  • Alternate weekend and social working hours
  • Bank Holiday Pay Enhancements* (*where applicable)
  • Career development, training and access to our approved apprenticeship scheme
  • Hundreds of online and in-store discounts
  • Annual purchase holiday scheme
  • Wellbeing support
  • Wagestream- access your wages at any-time

Career Development
We have our own Catering Academy to provide excellent training and induction programs for all new Catering Staff and we will give you all that’s needed to have a successful career as a Chef with us. Our high quality, innovative training and coaching will support the development of your skills throughout your career with us.
We are looking for people to make a difference to residents’ lives every day. When you join Care UK you’ll be joining a team who all share the same values: caring, passionate and teamwork. You will have a strong desire to help people and put residents at the heart of everything you do.
We are committed to recruiting diverse, talented people, who share our passion for helping others. We see the potential in everyone, let us help fulfil yours.

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At a glance

Location

22-28 Trinity Road
Darlington
County Durham
DL3 7AZ

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Pay
Up to £13.77
Shifts
Care Home Based
Contract
Permanent
Reference
SYS-9422

Why work at Ventress Hall

At Care UK's Ventress Hall in Darlington, County Durham, providing the highest standard of care for residents is at the heart of what we do. As part of our friendly team, you'll have the opportunity to develop your career and the support to go far.

Our team works in a purpose-built care home with a family atmosphere. We provide nursing, residential and dementia care with fantastic facilities for residents, including a hair salon, a warm and sunny conservatory and two courtyard gardens. 

We truly believe that every one of us makes a difference. If you're a passionate, caring individual who works well in a team, consider a rewarding career at Ventress Hall.

Why work at Ventress Hall
Why work at Ventress Hall
Why work at Ventress Hall

A catering role at Care UK

A catering career at Care UK

Join our team and you'll have the chance to get creative in the kitchen while cooking up nutritious, well-balanced meals that have a direct impact on residents’ health and wellbeing.  

Many catering colleagues join us from restaurants or hotels where they’re used to working long hours late into the night. In a care home, you’ll work more sociable hours, and you’ll also have the opportunity to build relationships by getting to know residents and their tastes and preferences. This is a role where you can really make a difference. 

Looking to progress in your career? Our Chef Academy is designed to support individuals in our hospitality teams to become the future kitchen chefs and leaders within Care UK.

Everyone needs to feel motivated and rewarded, so we offer a competitive package of pay and benefits. Read more here.

Here at Care UK, we want all our colleagues to have a long and successful career with us. Our vision is to provide an inclusive training culture that empowers all colleagues with sector-leading development opportunities. View our opportunities for apprenticeships, development programmes and career progression.

At Care UK, we're proud to promote our diverse workforce and are committed to nurturing an inclusive culture. Our teams’ wellbeing is our top priority, and we believe it’s important to foster a culture of promoting open and honest conversations. Read more here.

As a colleague at Care UK, we believe it’s important that you know what you can expect from your manager to ensure people are fairly treated and properly recognised from day one. Our People Promise sets out clearly what you can expect from your manager and Care UK.

A catering career at Care UK
A catering career at Care UK
A catering career at Care UK

Trusted to care

A closely-knit team of managers, carers, nurses and support colleagues – and each of us is dedicated to your loved one’s care, health and wellbeing.

I joined Ventress Hall back in the 1990s, progressing from a carer to a senior and then to become the deputy manager. I became Home Manager in November 2019. 

All of my experience enables me to challenge our practices, improve what we do and strengthen our relationships with the local CCG and healthcare team – all for the benefit of our residents.

I love seeing the residents happy, and I enjoy seeing the positive impact of the work we do. We often have residents join us for short term respite care as they convalesce after an illness or operation. It’s wonderful to see them recover and return home. 

I’ve worked with many of the team here for many years. I have a profound respect for them and recognise each of their contributions. It’s safe to say that this home has a special place in my heart and I’m looking forward to developing Ventress Hall even further so we can deliver even greater outcomes for residents and their families.

Diane Encinias Home Manager