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Chef - Care Home

Chef – Wanstead, East London

Address: Chestnut Manor Care Home, 63 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, London, E11 2PR

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Salary: £12.50 per hour/£24,375 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 5 out of 7 days.

Monday – Sunday rota, including alternate weekends.

Shift pattern: To be agreed with Home Manager at interview


Be part of our family!

Are you a qualified Chef looking to work with fresh seasonal food, with the opportunity to have more of a work life balance and make what you do matter?

Westgate Healthcare is a family-run, award winning care home group.

We are incredibly proud that all of our 8 inspected care homes are rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the independent care regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

Chestnut Manor is our newly refurbished, luxurious care home, equipped to offer residents the complete care package.

We offer high quality residential and nursing care services, ideally situated in the suburban town of Wanstead, a stone’s throw from Central London.

With close transport links and accessible on-site parking, Chestnut Manor’s location makes it perfect for those seeking a rewarding career in care.

What are the responsibilities of a Chef?

Joining us as a second Chef, you will have the chance to deliver hotel/restaurant standards and maintain work life balance.

You’ll play a crucial role in supporting the Head Chef to cook and serve nutritious, healthy meals that our Residents will love.

Being a Second Chef isn’t just about helping the Head Chef ensure food is prepared to the agreed standard and that deadlines are met.

It’s about taking control of running the kitchen in their absence.

It's about using modern kitchen equipment and fresh local produce to develop full diet sensitive meals for residents so they can enjoy the same flavour and nutrition whilst ensuring their needs and choices are met and preparing food in line with specific diets.

Put simply, it’s about making a difference to the life of our residents.

What our staff say…

“There is a culture of enthusiasm which is why I’m still here and haven’t considered going anywhere else! Senior management keeps a constant eye on employee satisfaction – they invest in the future and nurture personal and professional growth.”

Benefits of working at Westgate Healthcare

We’re only as good as our people.

So, we help our people to be the best they can be and we make sure they are well rewarded.

The exact package depends on your role, but below you’ll see the sort of benefits we offer:

  • ‘Refer a Friend’ scheme with instant cash rewards
  • Great induction, care certificate qualification awarded and on-going training
  • Career progression and support to achieve nationally recognised qualifications
  • Immediate start available (subject to DBS and references)
  • 28 days holiday entitlement
  • Bank holiday pay enhancements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Free DBS check & uniform
  • Long Services Awards
  • Access to discounts from hundreds of nationwide high street and online stores through the Blue Light Card

 Your day-to-day duties will include:

  • Independently prepare hot and cold meals for residents according to their needs and preferences
  • Assist in planning seasonal menus
  • Maintain a clean and hygienic environment, including washing and clearing up equipment, collect and distribute crockery from resident areas and load and upload the dishwasher
  • Ensure compliance with the Health & Safety Policy and regulations in kitchen and stores
  • Carry out any check in the kitchen as required to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, for example recording fridge temperatures
  • Report all accidents and incidents to the Person-in-Charge of the Home
  • Maintain excellent communication with the clinical team regarding changes to resident’s nutritional needs
  • • Menu development- tailor menus around residents and to ensure we deliver person centred hospitality
    • Work with fresh produce to deliver high quality and wholesome dishes cooked at the highest quality and standards
    • Create a warm, efficient and fun environment
    • Work within budget
    • Complete regular audits
    • Manage stock control
    • To lead, motivate, inspire and develop a team

About you: 

  • Previous experience in a similar role and setting (i.e.

    a care home or a school)
  • Certificate in Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Knowledge of nutritional needs of older people
  • Health and Safety and regulatory requirements
  • A positive and flexible attitude towards work and the ability to work in a team


If you are compassionate, caring and enjoy making a difference to people’s quality of life, we want to hear from you.

If you have any questions about the role, feel free to call Chestnut Manor Care Home on 02038716070, or email


Please note:  We reserve the right to close this vacancy once we receive suitable applications, therefore, an early submission of application is encouraged.

Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis; interviews are arranged to suit on an ‘as and when required’ basis.

If you do not hear from us within 5 working days, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Westgate Healthcare is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

  • Rate: £12.50 - 12.50 per hour
  • Location: cambridge park rd, london E11 2PR, Wanstead, Greater London, England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Catering
  • Recruiter: The Talent Hub
  • Tel: 0208 953 7600
  • Email: to view click here
  • Reference: CM-2CHEF-280422
  • Posted: 2022-04-28 17:26:59 -

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