Based High Force Hotel, County Durham
Department Leisure and Tourism
Employment Basis Fixed, Permanent
Salary £30,000
Closing Date 23rd April 2021
Interview Date April 2021


Job details…

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic, and creative Head Chef to join us at the newly refurbished High Force Hotel in Upper Teesdale. You will have a proactive approach to hospitality, with the resilience, pride and motivation to strive for excellence at every opportunity.

The 11-bedroom High Force Hotel in stunning Upper Teesdale has just undergone refurbishment and we are now looking for a capable Head Chef with the creativity to join us on the next step of our exciting journey.

Overview of Raby Estates…

The Raby Estate comprises substantial landholdings and trading operations include in-house farms, let farms and residential property, and sporting enterprises across Estates in Co Durham and Shropshire. We also have visitor attractions at Raby Castle, High Force Hotel and Waterfall in Upper Teesdale and The Wrekin in Shropshire.

What you’ll be doing…

As Head Chef, you will be working with our Estate Chef to design menus and deliver food to the highest standard, adhering strictly to food safety management procedures.

You will deliver outstanding customer service, providing an unforgettable experience creating loyal, return visitors to High Force.

What we are looking for…

You must be a strong team player – this is a small, busy team and an ability to work well with colleagues is a must.  Applicants will be able to demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and must be prepared to be flexible around the needs of the business.  The successful applicant will be assisted by a kitchen assistant and KP during peak periods, but this is a hands-on role, 5 days per week. Holidays and weekends are the busiest times.

You will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of kitchen compliance and ensure that all relevant documentation and records are kept up to date and recorded in accordance with our legislation and our kitchen management system.

You need to have a flexible approach to duties, work well within a team and independently, be organised and an effective communicator. We’re looking for someone who can show honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and capacity for hard work.

Download the Job Description (link to pdf)

What we’ve got to offer

It’s people that make a place, without people, a place is simply an empty shell. At Raby this is certainly true, it’s our people that make Raby special.

We strive to offer our employees an excellent working environment and the tools to perform, enabling them to achieve their goals and be the best they can be.

As well as some of the most iconic locations to work we offer:

  • Attractive Salary
  • 33 days holiday
  • Uniform
  • Complimentary meals whilst on duty
  • Free car parking
  • Group Pension Scheme, combined 12.5%
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Continuous improvement through staff training and development programmes
  • Discounts at our retail and food outlets
  • Discounts to our holiday cottage and High Force Hotel
  • Free access into our leisure attractions at Raby Castle and High Force
  • Private, behind the scenes tour of Raby Castle
  • Raby Estate social events throughout the year

How to apply

Raby Estates have major development plans across the whole estate in the coming years so it’s a really exciting time to come and work with us. If you would like to be to be part of our journey and you feel you have the necessary skills, experience and personality to undertake this role, we’d love to hear from you.

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