Head Cook

  • £10.31 per hour
  • Gillingham, Kent
  • Rapport Housing And Care

Rogers House is a lovely residential home in rural Medway, recruiting for a part-time, suitably competent Head Cook.

Working hours to be advised.

Main Duties and Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Taking full responsibility for the kitchen including staffing, budgeting, ordering stock, hygiene, food safety, the management of the team and the production of meals and refreshments in accordance with CQC standards and the requirements of The Organisation and to ensure the delivery of high quality nutritious meals to residents providing them with choice, within the budget allocated

The ideal Head Cook will demonstrate / evidence

o A caring and compassionate approach

o Patience and understanding of older people

o Leadership and staff management skills; directive and supportive coaching, training, delegation

o Evidence of appropriate qualification

o Relevant experience in catering for large numbers and knowledge of food preparation and hygiene for older people

o Awareness of cultural and dietary needs of individuals

o Current knowledge of HandS legislation and application of HandS practices

o Knowledge and understanding of COSHH regulations

o Application of HandS practices with particular regard to catering equipment

o Effective judgement about staffing difficulties, evidence gathering and ethics

o Risk assessment practice

o Good communication skills with different groups, e.g. staff, residents, local community

o Understanding of different values / cultures of residents and staff

o Team working skills

o Good timekeeping skills

o Professionalism

The ideal Head Cook will have the ability to:

o Meet the quality standards as defined by outside agencies

o Make decisions with senior staff in respect of menus

o Ensure efficiency within kitchen environment

o Lead good practice by example

o Play an active role in creating a good environment

o Prioritise their work

o Be aware of the support needed by others, consider how they can support them and encourage and support them

o Train for and take on additional responsibilities

o Listen carefully and attentively

o Respect the dignity and privacy of all those they come into contact with

o Apply their knowledge and training in the workplace

o Uphold the policies and procedures of The Organisation


- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme supporting your mental health

- Comprehensive induction and training packages with buddy support

- We pay the Adult National Living Wage to all of our employees, regardless of age

- Stakeholder Pension Scheme

- 28 days paid holiday (pro-rota if part time)

- Free parking at all of our services

- Be a part of an established, growing organisation with over 50 years experience and an amazing catering team!


- You\'ll play a key role in supporting our residents with all aspects of their daily nutritional needs!


Subject to change, confirmation of all appointments is subject to proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK, satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references, satisfactory numeracy and literacy assessments and medical clearance.

Rapport Housing and Care values the diversity that exists in all our communities and works towards this being reflected in our workforce.

Charity No: 254140.

  • Advertiser: Direct Employer
  • Reference: CVM28389