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Sous Chef

Salary: £35,017

We also offer:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Benefits platform with discounts on retail, dining and days out
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for gym, bicycles and nursery/childcare
  • Access to a free Employee Assistance Scheme to support you inside and outside of work
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay

Walthamstow Wetlands with occasional travel to Woodberry Wetlands and Camley Street Natural Park

Flexible working:
Althoughthere may be occasional evening and weekend working, we operate a flexible working policy. Flexible working requests are welcomed.

Role & Responsibilities

We are currently seeking an experienced and motivated Sous Chef to join our team at Engine House. As a Sous Chef, you will work closely with Head of Cafes & Events to oversee kitchen operations and ensure the highest standards of food quality and presentation. This role presents an exciting opportunity for a culinary professional to contribute their expertise to a vibrant cafe environment and to grow into Head Chef role.

  • Assist the Head of Cafes & Events with menu planning, recipe development, and food costing.
  • Supervise and coordinate kitchen staff.
  • To fill out relevant Food Safety Checks and to comply with Food Hygiene regulations
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the kitchen, including food production, plating, and presentation.
  • Monitor inventory levels and ordering of food supplies to maintain sufficient stock levels while minimizing waste.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization in the kitchen, including equipment maintenance and sanitation procedures.
  • Train and mentor staff in proper cooking techniques, safety procedures, and food handling practices.
  • Assist in scheduling staff and managing labour costs effectively.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Cafes and Events to create daily specials and seasonal menu offerings.
  • Ensure compliance with food safety and sanitation regulations at all times.

(Please see job description on our website for a more detailed list of responsibilities)

Our ideal Sous Chef

  • Proven experience as a Sous Chef or senior line cook in a cafe or restaurant setting
  • Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to motivate and inspire kitchen staff
  • Excellent culinary skills and knowledge of various cuisines and cooking techniques
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail and a passion for food quality and presentation
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Knowledge of food safety and sanitation regulations
  • Creative flair and willingness to contribute ideas to menu development

Closing Date: Monday 1
st July at 9am

Interviews: Held on an ongoing basis

Does this sound like you? We’d love to hear from you!

Our vision is a London alive with nature, where everyone can experience and enjoy wildlife. In order to achieve our goal of engaging everyone in protecting London’s wildlife for the future, we know that our staff team needs to better reflect and represent all of London’s communities.
Read more about London Wildlife Trust’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here: We are also committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk is at the heart of our engagement with people, read more about London Wildlife Trust’s commitment to Safeguarding here: