Phoenix School, London, E3 2AD

3 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    January 2023 start or Earlier

  • Application deadline

    7 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    21 September 2022

Job details

Working pattern

  • View all Full timejobs - Permanent | Full time | 35 hours per week Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 15:00 I Holidays Out of School Term Time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

NJC Scale 6, Point 18-20 - £30,063 to £31,155

LEAD CHEF job summary

We are looking for a Lead Chef to take charge of food production and Upper School service as well as lead training and development for work-related learning.

Phoenix School Kitchen is partnered with Chefs in Schools – the charity transforming school food and food education.

You are not likely to get bored working with us. You will be helping with the preparation of carefully prepared meals at a specialist school for children diagnosed with ASD. You will also be in charge of training sixth formers on kitchen work placement. At Phoenix School, we run a two-week menu cycle and update our food offer with the seasons. We run lunch service from three school sites, catering for 514 Students aged 3-25 and Staff. You will be working with an eclectic team of chefs, most of whom with a background in fine dining. We work with top-end suppliers to ensure the best available produce for our exciting range of recipes. Our production is done out of a brand new kitchen, with plenty of top-end equipment and toys. At Phoenix School Kitchen, we are proud of fostering a supportive and friendly working environment. There will always be space for your thoughts and your ideas.

You will have:

  • You have minimum 4 years’ experience working in a fast-paced kitchen environment, preferably as a Sous or Head Chef.
  • You are organised, focused, swift and high volumes do not intimidate you.
  • You are comfortable with a wide range of culinary styles and are particularly passionate about Mediterranean cuisine.
  • You are known for your strong work ethic and as an outstanding team player.
  • You work clean and tight, and have a minimum Level 2 certificate in food handling.
  • You have no qualm following a recipe and sticking to a process. You are also happy to share your ideas and make suggestions for improvement.
  • You are conscientious and purpose-driven, motivated by the mission of improving lives of vulnerable children.
  • You are a great communicator, a natural teacher and a keen learner.

Using the application form

How to apply:

To discuss the post further please contact Harriet Stirrup Head Lead Chef by email harriet.stirrup@Phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk or call 020 8980 4740.

Application form can be found on school website www.phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk
Please return your completed application to: recruitment@phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Closing Date: 9am, Friday 7th October 2022

Shortlisting: 10th October 2022

Interview: 18th October 2022

It will not be possible to re-arrange these dates. If you are intending to apply, please ensure you are available to attend for an interview.

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Supporting documents

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About Phoenix School

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 19
School size
469 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19
Contact phone number

Special School for children with Autism

Arranging a visit to Phoenix School

To discuss the post further please contact Harriet Stirrup Head Lead Chef by email harriet.stirrup@Phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk or call 020 8980 4740.

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