Kitchen Manager/Head Chef

Location: Longford Forest - Ireland

Hours of Work: Full-Time

Salary/Hourly Rate: Circa €42,900 per annum plus 13% bonus scheme

Contract Type: Flexible hours over a 4 - week period

Transport Provided: No

Closing date: 18 May 2021

Kitchen Manager/Head Chef

Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful forest Longford Forest is the perfect place for a short break in Ireland, 365 days a year. With homely accommodation, up to 100 indoor and outdoor activities and a choice of bars and restaurants, there is something for all the family, all year round.



We are now looking for an experienced Kitchen Manager/Head Chef to join the team of Sports Café.

From a big platter of bacon sandwiches to a quick Mediterranean flatbread or our mouth-watering rotisserie chicken, you’ll find plenty of tasty choice on the Sports Café menu. We’re open from breakfast through to midnight and this is a busy, popular venue with the big games being streamed live onto our screens.

You will work with the Assistant Kitchen Managers and team leaders, to ensure our back of house teams operate to the required Center Parcs brand standards whilst promoting a positive and proactive working environment. You will provide support to the restaurant General Manager and take part in wider village activities.

Responsibilities will include:

  • 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.
  • Report directly to the Restaurant Manager and work together to ensure the continued growth and success of the business.


Working straight shifts, you will be contracted to work 160 hours per 4-week period on a flexible basis. This means that your days and hours of work could vary each week, but you will always receive at least your contracted hours each period.

As our village is open 365 days of the year, your working hours will include weekends, public / bank holidays and during Christmas and / or New Year on a rota basis.


Having already have worked in a similar capacity, either as a Senior Chef de Partie in a large organisation, with full management responsibility for a team of chefs, or as a Kitchen Manager/Head Chef in a smaller unit, you’ll know all there is to know about running a busy kitchen in a premium branded restaurant. From setting standards and motivating the team, through to menu planning and development, along with the management and ordering of stock, your financial awareness and experience to date will ensure you really do ‘Flourish in the Forest’ here at Center Parcs.


Essential requirements:

  • A formal catering qualification
  • A minimum of 1 year’s kitchen management experience as a Senior Chef
  • A group trainer qualification or experience of training a team
  • A proven track record of managing a small kitchen team
  • Experience in menu planning and ideally development of a food concept
  • Experience of cooking themed menus, e.g. American, Pizza, Oriental and Asian

Desirable requirements: 

  • Experience of working as a Head Chef or Sous Chef in a branded restaurant or a training role for a team of chefs in a large organisation

Center Parcs is a fantastic place to work and the benefits are as impressive as they are unique. Here are just a few:

  • No Split Shifts
  • Management bonus scheme
  • Reward & recognition scheme
  • Free use of on-site leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in restaurant and retail outlets
  • An employee assistance programme providing support on financial, health and legal matters

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to see your application.

Closing date: 18 May 2021 at 12 Noon

Interviews to be held: W/C 24 May 2021

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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Our colleagues work together to make sure guests have a memorable and safe short break. We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our teams. Throughout the pandemic Center Parcs have adapted in line with Government guidance and we are doing everything we can to ensure our colleagues feel safe at work by focusing on additional training, health and well-being, hygiene and PPE.





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