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Executive Head Chef

We have an exciting opportunity at The Culloden Estate and Spa.


To be responsible for the effective management of the Kitchen for the greatest enjoyment of the guests and the maximum profit contribution to the hotel. 

Important Information
Date Posted: 12th October 2021
Closing Date: 19th October 2021
Industry: Hospitality
Job Type: Full time
Salary: Based on Experience

About the role

  • Responsibility for managing the smooth and efficient operation of the Kitchens to ensure the Hotel’s reputation for food quality is maintained always.
  • Ensuring the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food is always to the standards required by the Hotel and its guests.
  • Contributing to the development of the hotel’s business plan, projects and initiatives in order to develop the hotel’s business and market position.
  • Full accountability for managing the culinary budget and controlling all kitchen expenditure.
  • Ensuring Company policies relating to stock management and stock ordering are implemented and monitored, taking appropriate action to resolve problems.
  • Ensuring the hotel complies with all matters relating to food hygiene regulations, environmental health laws and all other relevant legislation. 
  • Ensuring the security of the kitchen and storage areas is maintained at all times. 
  • Ensuring all kitchen employees receive appropriate training, coaching and development to meet the Hastings standard.  
  • Ensuring Hastings quality standards and procedures are fully understood, implemented and regularly reviewed, and that formal and informal feedback is delivered to ensure continual improvement. 
  • To manage and motivate employees through effective communication, training and development in accordance with company policies and relevant employment legislation, ensuring HR procedures are followed.
  • Conducting team meetings on a regular basis to communicate standards required, targets and company information.
  • To assist with the recruitment, selection and utilization of kitchen employees to achieve the optimum use of employee resource in line with business peaks and troughs.
  • Ensuring all kitchen areas, fixtures and equipment are properly maintained and 
  • presented to the Hastings standard. 
  • Working effectively with colleagues across departments to ensure a harmonious working environment where all employees are treated with respect and dignity.  
  • Any other duties as required.
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What you will need

Required criteria

  • Good Command of English Language
  • Right to Work in the United Kingdom
  • Must have previous experience as an Executive Head Chef gained within a 4/5 star hotel/catering operation and be able to demonstrate strong management and leadership capabilities along with a good awareness of stock control and budgeting.
  • Must have Level 2 in Food preparation and cooking and hold a current recognised Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • Experience of managing HACCP
  • Experience of creating and writing menus

Desired criteria

    Professional skills you’ll need for this job opportunity

    Menu/Product Knowledge

    Menu/Product Knowledge

    Exceptional Customer Service Skills

    Exceptional Customer Service Skills

    Food Production

    Food Production

    Chefing Skills

    Chefing Skills

    Food Costing Skills

    Food Costing Skills

    Menu Engineering Skills

    Menu Engineering Skills

    HACCP/Food Safety Management Skills

    HACCP/Food Safety Management Skills

    Supervisory Skills

    Supervisory Skills

    Hastings Hotels

    Our vision is to be recognised as a prestigious, family company providing the finest in Irish hospitality with style and excellence.

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    Hastings Hotels owns and operates six hotels in Northern Ireland, with over 1,000 bedrooms, two stand-alone grill bar/restaurants and two luxury spas. From city centre buzz to seaside resort, each outlet has a distinctive personality and market positioning. Over 50 years this family owned business has successfully earned its identity and in a crowded market place because we place quality at the heart of what we do. Quality in the design of our properties and their upkeep. Quality in the local sourcing of the food and drink we offer our guests. And quality in our people, people with personality, attention to detail, and a desire to develop their careers with us.

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    Our guests remember small details. The open fires in the front hall. The supremely comfy beds. The fabulous breakfast... and the interactions they had with our staff. It is more important that you have the correct behaviours and attitude than every last qualification... we can help you attain that. We place great attention on recruitment, induction, and integrating you into your department, your hotel, and the Group. We want you to think about how you want to develop your career with us, and we promise to do what we can to help you on that journey. As a result, we are proud to have some of the best staff retention levels in the hospitality industry.

    Our benefits

    Vacation/Paid Time Off

    Retirement Plan and/or Pension

    Employee Development Programs

    Employee Discounts

    Competitive Salary

    Event tickets

    Preferential Room Rates

    Family and Friends Rates

    Discount on Meals Purchased

    Discount on Spa Treatments/Products

    Discount in Gift Shop

    Long Service Recognition

    Free Meals during shifts

    Free parking/Discounted parking

    Executive Head Chef

    Our vision is to be recognised as a prestigious, family company providing the finest in Irish hospitality with style and excellence.