Vacancies - Chef de Partie

Location: Orchard Room Restaurant, Highgrove Estate
Department: Catering
Reporting to: Head Chef and Sous Chef

Working at Highgrove

When the Gardens at Highgrove open to the public each year, nearly 40,000 people come to visit. As part of our welcoming and highly professional Estate team, you'll make their experience special. This is a real chance to make a lasting impression and inspire our visitors to Highgrove.

Visitors can enjoy the hospitality offered in the Orchard Room. When the estate is open to the public, visitors with tour tickets can dine in the Orchard Room Restaurant, an elegant, table-serviced dining room with views of the Orchard Terrace. The restaurant offers a selection of meals and refreshments. Additionally, visitors can dine in the Orchard Room's private dining room, where private lunches are available for small groups.

What you'll be doing

The Chef de Partie's role is to act as a vital part of the team by ensuring the smooth operation of an outlet and supporting the Head Chef and Sous Chef in providing the highest standard of food production and service.

Your passion for fresh, seasonal, and local produce is a key aspect of our team's success. You will be an integral part of preparing menus in line with Highgrove principles, working closely with the Head Chef and Sous Chef. Your hands-on approach and proactive, personable attitude will be highly valued. Your experience in a high-profile, busy environment is not just a requirement, but a testament to your capability. A high degree of confidentiality and discretion is also essential.

Main areas of responsibility

  • Assisting in the day-to-day running of the kitchen and team.
  • Delivering freshly baked and prepared dishes.
  • Planning and creating menus suitable for high volume and a time-restricted setting.
  • Helping the Sous Chef and Head Chef develop new dishes and menus
  • Maintaining the highest standard of food, presentation and behaviour expected at Highgrove.
  • Monitoring portion and waste control to maintain profit margins.
  • Due to the demands on the business, on occasions, additional duties may be requested of you.

What you'll need

  • The catering environment can be a physically demanding environment, requiring substantial physical effort at times with heavy lifting and sometimes long periods of repetitive tasks. A certain degree of bending, stretching, twisting and constant movement is required, as is the ability to work at a quick pace.
  • A high level of flexible working is required to meet the changes in service needed, which is dependent on different types of service requirements.

Hours of work

  • 40 hours per week (but more at busy times)—five days a week, worked over a seven-day period, to include weekends and some evenings.

If you would like to apply, select 'Apply Now' above and send your CV (stating 'Chef de Partie Vacancy' as the subject line) together with information on the skills and experience you will bring as soon as possible.

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