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Assistant Chef

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

Our Assistant Chefs hold a key role within the College, and have an important part to play in making the boys’ experience of College life as good as it can be. As an Assistant Chef you will be responsible for supporting the Chef with Catering Services in the kitchen and pantry ensuring that boys are provided with nutritionally balanced meals in the Common Lane boarding house as well as supporting several of our other boarding houses. As a member of the Boarding House community you will also have the opportunity to be actively involved in the life of the House, for example through involvement in boys’ sports, plays and musical productions.

**Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the recruitment process for these roles may take longer than usual. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.**

Main Duties

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the preparation, cooking and service of all meals including breakfast, chambers, lunch and supper for the boys, House Master, Dame and guests across several boarding houses
  • Provide cover for the Chef when they are not on duty
  • Preparation, cooking and service of all additional house functions to a high standard
  • Completion of the daily food safety and allergen paperwork as required by Eton College Food Safety Management System and Food Hygiene Policy
  • Assist with ordering of food as required
  • Assist in the cleaning down of the kitchen and pantry each day
  • Support all aspects of production and presentation of service, having regard for delivering high standards of health and safety, hygiene, nutritional value and allergen control and ensure non-compliance is reported in your kitchen to the Catering Manager
  • Assist in a monthly stock take
  • Adhere to all parts of Eton College Food Hygiene Policy and Food Safety Management System
  • Attend all annual training as requested and required by law and The College
  • Be flexible to work across the Catering operation in the College as required
  • To work with the House Master, Dame and boys to increase the boy’s nutritional awareness
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties to help facilitate the smooth running of the Boarding House catering services
  • Commitment to equality, diversity & inclusion
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

The Ideal Candidate

You may enjoy this role if you are/have:

  • Experienced Assistant/Junior Cook/Chef
  • Qualified to Level 2 Professional Cookery and/or equivalent experience
  • Level 2 in Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Experience of allergen control
  • Clear understanding of Food Hygiene legislation 
  • Ability to co-ordinate and deliver event hospitality
  • You have a flexible approach to work and a ‘can do’ attitude 
  • You have great attention to detail and take pride in your work – you’re keen to deliver the highest possible standards and you understand the impact your work has on boys who are away from home, especially boys who have recently joined the College and who are in unfamiliar surroundings
  • You enjoy working as part of a team and you are happy to get stuck in and support your colleagues 
  • Ability to nurture a good working relationship with other departments
  • You’re able to work unsupervised and use your own initiative; You have good verbal communication skills
  • You have good time management skills, well presented and have the ability to prioritise


Here is what we can offer you:

  • A competitive salary
  • 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution)
  • Free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities, including an indoor gym and swimming pool, 40 football/rugby pitches, a 2km rowing lake, 19 cricket pitches and 50 tennis courts.
  • Subsidised lunches during term time On the job training in function work and fine dining, from dinner for 6 to canapé parties of 250 people
  • All staff receive a certified allergen awareness course Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification Basic health and safety training
  • In-house buddy training
  • The opportunity to work in Bekynton, our main dining hall catering for boys and staff
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity scheme
  • Free eye care vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts at local retailers and businesses

Potential Career Progression

We are keen to help our employees progress their careers. For those who would like to increase their level of responsibility, there is scope to develop and move to an Assistant Head Chef role, Head Chef role or equivalent position. There are also a variety of other roles within the College, which you could move into, depending on your skills and experience.

About the College

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

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