Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents. This involves ensuring every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet, prepared according to their tastes, and presented to a high standard.
You’ll also obtain feedback on meal preferences, and seek to constantly improve levels of satisfaction. Ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene and health and safety requirements is key. You’ll also manage purchasing and stock levels within the budget allocated.Job Description
At Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.
From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, plus roles in our St Albans head office, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available. By working at Abbeyfield you’ll be joining a charity with more than 400 houses and over 7000 residents. But we’re also developing new homes throughout the UK with state of the art facilities.
In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes 29 days paid leave, (pro rata if part-time), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts. We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started, to further opportunities to progress your career as a cook, through development, to gain more experience in your role. And there may be opportunities in some of our Homes to develop into Sous Chefs/Second Chefs, all the way up to a Head Chef/Catering Manager role.
Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.Description of the role
It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents. You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day. And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided.
You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner. And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited. Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.
You will also ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition. Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review. You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.Our Ideal Candidate
You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role. Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.
You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team. And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.
You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.
Finally, you should be able to demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.
A copy of the full job description is available here. This role requires an enhanced DBS check, renewed every 3 years.About the House or Home you’ll be working in
A Grade II listed building on the Wellington high street, The Old vicarage provides 29 self contained flats each with their own kitchen and bathroom. It is a friendly, bright house with a beautiful garden and a communal lounge where residents come together to enjoy activities and events.
Just a short 5 minute walk from the small town centre, there are many shops, supermarkets and fantastic places to eat right on your doorstep. The award winning Wellington Park is just a stone’s throw away and we are close to Wellington Rugby Club and Wellington Bowls Club.