Kitchen Manager / Head Chef

Location: Whinfell Forest Village - Cumbria

Hours of Work: Full-time

Salary/Hourly Rate: Circa £34,900 per annum

Contract Type: Flexible hours over a 4 - week period

Transport Provided: No

Closing date: 29 May 2018

Kitchen Manager / Head Chef

We’re a thriving team passionate about working together to deliver excellence, all in a natural forest environment.

Join the UK’s number one short break destination. We are proud to have more than 7,000 team members across five Center Parcs Villages and Head Office, working to create memorable experiences for families in beautiful forest locations.


A range of quality own-brand and high street restaurants and cafés, mixed with great food, family-friendly menus and a generous sprinkling of excellent service. That’s the recipe for success in our Food and Beverage department.

Around each Village, the Food and Beverage department employs around 350 team members across nine different restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as a production kitchen.  There’s also a further five concessionary units including well-known brands such as Bella Italia and Café Rouge.  From American grills to authentic Indian cuisine, or for those wanting a relaxing drink after a busy day, there’s something to suit all appetites at Center Parcs.


  • Annual profit share/management bonus
  • Staff Reward Scheme
  • Free use of leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in restaurant and retail outlets


This is an exciting opportunity to join our business as a Kitchen Manager / Head Chef in Lakeside Inn. Center Parc's pub serving traditional fayre and roast dinner carvery. The pub caters for up to 350 people per day and upwards of 650 people on a Sunday. It has and an excellent reputation for food quality and exceptional service.

In this role, you will lead a medium sized team dedicated to providing a first class service and excellent food quality to our guests.

As part of the management team you will:

  • Effectively control, co-ordinate and plan the activities of your kitchen to outlined standards of procedure
  • Maintain high guest satisfaction levels through culinary leadership, ensuring quality of service, quality of food & drink, value for money and that budgeted financial targets including cost of sales are met and exceeded
  • Be responsible for the daily management of your kitchen and your team ensuring cleanliness and hygiene standards are achieved as per Company and legal requirements
  • Work together with the Restaurant Manager to ensure the continued growth and success of the business


You will be contracted to work 160 hours per 4 week period on a flexible basis.  This means that your hours and days of work could vary each week.

Shifts are straight and will fall between 8am and 12 midnight including weekends and public/bank holidays on a rota basis.


Essential requirements:

  • A formal catering qualification e.g. City & Guilds 706/2 or above
  • A minimum of 1 years kitchen management experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of managing a medium to large team ideally in a high volume restaurant/pub environment.
  • A group trainer qualification or experience of training a team
  • Experience in menu planning and ideally development of a food concept

Closing date:   29 May 2018 at 12 Noon

1st Interviews to be held: 6 June 2018

2nd Interviews to be held: 18 June 2018

Please note this vacancy may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received.  Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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