Commis Chef

Location: Essex Outdoors Mersea
Salary: £8.50
Contact type: Temporary
Date Added: Thursday 07 Feb 2019
Closing Date: Sunday 17 Feb 2019

Essex Outdoors are recruiting Commis Chefs to join their team for Summer 2019

Please note this position is offered on a temporary basis with an expected duration of May 6th 2019 till the end of August 2019, with a possibility of additional work in to September 2019.

The Role
Essex Outdoors is Essex County Council’s provider of residential (and day) Outdoor Learning activities. It operates four outdoor centres and generates and overall income of over £3m per year. The responsibilities of this role are to assist lead onsite Catering Manager and sous chef in the provision of refreshments & meals for visitors to the centre, which during peak season can be from 120 up to 1500 meals per day at some centres.

Essex Outdoors are looking for commis chefs to join their catering team for the 2019 season, between May and September. Full and part-time positions are available with full-time hours offering an opportunity to really earn some summer cash. Meals will be provided (with transport potentially available from Colchester into Mersea). You will be working with a friendly team of people, in an environment that’s fast paced and full of energy.

Working on one of our very busy sites and as part of a team you will assist Chefs in providing three great choice and quality meals a day for up to 500 residential visitors.

  • Responsible for food preparation and cooking of food
  • To ensure that facilities are as clean as reasonably practicable and adequately stocked
  • To maintain a high standard of personal and general cleanliness and hygiene to comply with statutory regulations
  • To use of powered cleaning and catering equipment in accordance with the relevant safety requirements

Knowledge, skills and experience
  • Catering NVQ level 1-2 preferred, plus experience to evidence operational efficiency, planning, preparation and presentation of food and beverages to a high standard within budget limitations.
  • Some proven knowledge of personnel management, hygiene and health and safety.
  • Current First Aid & Food Hygiene certificate is preferred
  • Can show a working knowledge and experience of large volume catering/residential operations
  • Ability to ensure the maintenance of a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene for all resources to comply with statutory regulations
  • Experience of preparation, cooking and service of food and beverages to the required standard and volume
  • Ability to follow agreed menus and recipes
  • Ability to use kitchen and cleaning equipment
  • Ability to manage and support the work of others and show good organisational skills Ability to manage own time effectively

Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or wish to apply, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330* or visit (If required use 'Chef' as the keyword)

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