|Job Title||Community Meal Chef (ad hoc/temporary)|
|Accountable to||Arts & Wellbeing Manager|
|Location||WHALE Arts Centre, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh|
|Hours of Work||10 – 3pm, each Friday|
|Salary||£12 per hour|
SUMMARY OF THE POST
During the Covid-19 crisis WHALE Arts although having paused all regular programmes and activities has focused resources into food provision for Wester Hailes. We have turned our popular Community Meal into a takeaway and delivery service.
Our chef cooks a delicious vegetarian meal once a week.
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic chef to cover our current chef if he has to take leave unexpectedly over the coming weeks.
We may also look to expand our food provision service over the coming weeks and may require the stand-by chef to work alongside our existing chef.
This post offers an opportunity to use your cooking and organisational skills in a friendly self-organised community environment catering for up to 60 people each Friday.
Please note there is no guarantee of work – we are currently looking for someone who we can have lined up to cover the current chef if required.
SUMMARY OF PROJECT
The Community Meal is all about shared food and friendship. Based in the WHALE Arts Centre the meal is a collaboration between WHALE Arts, Prospect Community Housing, SCOREscotland and Space Kitchen (formerly The Broomhouse Centre). The free meal takes place every Friday 1 – 2pm and promotes healthy eating in a welcoming inclusive atmosphere, offering a dignified approach to issues around food affordability as well as reaching out to more isolated residents.
Key job responsibilities (see below for detailed job description):
- Plan the weekly menu making within a given budget, making best use of available seasonal and locally grown produce
- Preparation and cooking of the meal ensuring food is served fresh and on time
- Ensure the kitchen is kept clean and tidy and food safety standards are met
Skills, qualities and experience required:
- Experience of menu planning and vegan/vegetarian cooking for large numbers
- Able to work quickly under pressure
- Passionate about good healthy food and able to communicate it
- Able to work on own initiative and to work with others collectively
- Good organisational skills
- Current Food Hygiene Certificate
- Experience of community work or working with volunteers
- Understanding of environmental and sustainability issues, especially around food
1. Weekly menu planning
- Plan a different meal for each week
- Coordinate with partners regarding locally sourced ingredients
2. Preparation and cooking
- Prepare and cook a weekly meal
- Ensure food is fresh and ready on time
- Ensure no food waste whenever possible
3. Kitchen management
- Keep the kitchen clean and organised
- Keep fridge and freezer clean and organised, ensuring everything is labelled and discarded if necessary
- Ensure recycling and rubbish are emptied regularly
- Ensure health and safety standards are enforced
Apply in writing or by email, enclosing/attaching:
- An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience. No longer than two pages.
- A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Essential and Desirable Skills criteria of the job description. No longer than one page.
- Details of two referees, including your most recent employer.
The successful candidate will be appointed to the role subject to confirmation of PVG Scheme Membership.
Send applications to email@example.com by midday on Friday 24th April and we will be in touch to arrange a conversation.