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Head Chef Bank

Darlington Court
Rustington, West Sussex

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Rustington, West Sussex

Work life balance...Three words that do not often come up in a chef’s vocabulary, yet this is exactly what Care UK is offering. With shifts including every other weekend off this is a great way for a chef to continue working with fresh food, cooked to the highest standards and still have time for family life outside work.

Care UK boasts an exceptional track record in regards to career progression with countless examples of chef’s progressing from sous chef level and gaining those elusive head chef positions. The training and culinary development throughout the business is highly regarded and if you are keen to learn new skills in this sector then this would be a great move for you.

You will get the chance to be involved in all aspects of the kitchen management; including motivating and leading the team, participating in breakfast lunch and dinner time services, ensuring food standards are kept high, ordering and supplier liaison, training and coaching more junior staff, potential for putting your ideas forward for the menu as well as ensuring all HACCAP and COSHH requirements.

NVQ level 2 and 3 cookery levels would be preferred but experience in similar roles in the care, hotel /restaurant industry or event catering but certainly working with fresh food.

If you have experience with dietary needs with clients and customers this would be a big advantage. You must be personable and a good communicator as a crucial part of the role will involve your liaison with the residents. You will need to show drive, ambition and an ability to motivate and nurture talent within the team.

In return for all your hard work you will be paid a competitive salary and be given every opportunity to progress and develop. As a Chef at Care UK, you can look forward to:

  • Competitive pay
  • Alternative weekend working
  • Bank holiday enhancements
  • Fast-track career options
  • Quality training to develop your skills
  • Stakeholder pension
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Free chef’s uniform
  • Thousands of online and in-store discounts-in Care UK

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At a glance

Location

The Leas off Station Road
Rustington
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN16 3SE

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Pay
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Shifts
To be discussed
Contract
Bank
Reference
SYS-9756

Why work at Darlington Court

At Care UK's Darlington Court, just three miles from the seaside town of Littlehampton, West Sussex, 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 and respite care for older people, including individuals with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia with fantastic facilities for residents, including a lovely large garden which includes a patio and lawns.

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 Darlington Court.

Why work at Darlington Court
Why work at Darlington Court
Why work at Darlington Court

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 worked as a Deputy Manager for five years before joining Darlington Court as Home Manager. I wanted to work with Care UK because I know that they really invest in their team members and give them support to get where they want to be in their careers. The training system here is amazing, and it’s easy for everyone to understand.

I love this job, and that gives me the motivation I need to perform my role well. As a Home Manager, you also need to be caring and empathic, and wish to make a difference every day in residents’ lives. The most important part of my role, however, is being open to trying to find new solutions that keep residents safe and improve the service.

The best part of my working day is whenever I can put a smile on someone’s face. I feel proud of what I do here at Darlington Court when I make a difference to residents’ lives. I also find fulfilment in leading my team and working together as one team.

When I’m not working, I enjoy listening to music, spending quality time with my daughter and travelling around the world.

Larisa Stoica Home Manager