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Our cooks are the real heartbeat of our homes, providing personalised menu choices suitable for our residents' needs and desires.

Our cooks must have an understanding of the importance of food to physical and mental wellbeing, and be passionate to provide nutritious meals to our residents on a daily basis.

You’ll get to know our residents and their personal preferences, dietary requirements and be able to tailor our food offerings as part of our bespoke care packages.

Responsible to: The Manager or deputy/senior in Manager’s absence

Responsible for: Kitchen Assistants

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Purpose of Position:

  1. To take responsibility by consulting with the Manager to promote a high standard of food hygiene and cleanliness within the working.
  2. To maintain a high standard of food preparation and implement the requirements set out by the Environment Health and Local Authority for the Home, the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2005. To ensure that the kitchen and associated areas fully conform to the requirements as laid down under the Health and Safety at Work.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement and review standards of hygiene and cleanliness throughout the kitchen, in line with the Health and Safety Act, relevant Food Hygiene Acts and Company Procedures.
  • Pro-actively maintain all kitchen equipment as per manufactures guidelines and report all faults to the Manager.
  • Prepare food in accordance with menu specifications and monitor food cooking and
    presentation standards in line with the Manager and Resident’s requests.
  • Ensure the Company’s stock and order system is followed on a weekly basis to avoid
    over/under stocking of food items using the Company’s nominated suppliers only.
  • Ensure an adequate system is in place to check all food deliveries are correct and of good quality and that all deliveries are temperature probed, recorded, stored correctly and stock rotated.
  • To maintain a well-balanced nutritious diet taking into consideration special dietary needs and requirements as set out in Residents Care Plans.
  • To take Resident’s menu choices on a daily basis from the planned menus using the
    correct Company’s menu choice form.
  • Conform to the Homes food hygiene policy and in particular, critical points/hazard analysis. Personal appearance must be of an acceptable level. Uniform provided must be worn, hair covered or tied back. Sensible enclosed non-slip shoes to be worn.
  • Implement the cleaning schedule for the kitchen and ensure it is adhered to as per the Food Safety Policy.
  • To maintain and check first aid equipment within the kitchen.
  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions as and when requested.
  • In consultation with Senior Management and Home Manager, forward plan activities to ensure Residents are provided with an interesting and varied choice of special events in which they can join in and in turn enhance their quality of life.
  • Aid the care staff when they are assisting those residents who wish to take an active part in the preparation of meals.
  • To contribute and assist Senior Management in completion of the Company’s Quality Audit and to adhere to requirements requested in this procedure.
  • Read, understand, and adhere to all company policies.
  • Such other duties as may be required.

Benefits include:

  • Paid annual leave 28 days per year (based on hours / pro rata).
  • DBS costs paid for by the company.
  • Paid Breaks.
  • Full paid induction and training programme.
  • *Free meals.
  • Excellent on-going training from day one and throughout your career.
  • Continuous training, mandatory and specialized.
  • Progression with internal promotions available, across the group.
  • Enhanced pay for working Christmas and Boxing Day & Bank Holidays.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Full uniform provided.
  • Blue light Card.
  • Refer a friend bonus scheme (£150 per placement).
  • Employee Careline with our confidential telephone counselling, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Excellent career progression.

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