Vacancies - Sous Chef

Location: Orchard Room Restaurant, Highgrove Estate
Department: Catering
Reporting to: Head 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 Sous Chef will be responsible for assisting the Head Chef in the day-to-day running of the kitchen. You will organise and lead the kitchen team to deliver fast and efficient food service. Alongside the rest of the team, the Sous Chef will aim to uphold Highgrove’s reputation for excellent food and overall visitor experience.

Your passion will be for fresh, seasonal, and local produce, and you will assist in preparing menus that align with Highgrove principles. Working closely with the Head Chef, you will have a hands-on approach and a proactive and personable attitude. You will need experience working in a position within a high-profile, busy environment and managing a team. A high degree of confidentiality and discretion is essential.

What you'll need


  • A team player with reliability and good time management skills
  • Experience of working in a position within a high-profile, busy environment
  • Some experience of managing a team
  • Menu budget management experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexible and pro-active approach
  • Proven ability to remain calm when working under considerable pressure
  • A sense of humour and an even temperament
  • A high degree of confidentiality and discretion
  • A willing desire to be developed within the business
  • Smart, professional appearance

    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 'Sous Chef Vacancy' as the subject line) together with information on the skills and experience you will bring as soon as possible.

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