Sous Chef jobs in Crookham, West Berkshire, United Kingdom

  • Permanent
  • RG19 8ET


Ready for a Sous Chef role that lets you unleash your creativity? If so, join Thornford Park Hospital as a Sous Chef working alongside a dedicated team.

Become a crucial part of the kitchen team working 37.5 hours a week, crafting daily meals for service users, staff and visitors. Dive into food preparation and elevate your role by providing guidance and training to your peers.

Here’s the exciting part, the calendar is buzzing with activities, events and special occasions which you’ll also cater for. From World Food Day to festive moments like Christmas and Easter, you get to infuse your own flair and keep things exciting.

It’s a calm and pleasurable working environment, where you will be able to manage your workload and enjoy creating delicious meals. There’s a great social aspect to this role where you can interact with people outside the kitchen regularly. 

Just imagine… great job satisfaction, home in time for dinner every night and two days off a week. Now that’s a recipe for a balanced work-life combo.

As a Sous Chef you will be:

Supporting the Head Chef for the day-to-day running of the kitchen. 

Maintaining good food storage procedures and stock rotation according to established procedures.

Supporting in the preparation, planning and cooking meals to a consistently high standard, taking account of any special requests or dietary requirements within the unit.

Assisting in food service

Preparing and producing foods for conferences and banquets.

Participating in food costings through effective cost control procedures.

Adhering to the ‘Safer Food Better Business’ standards and record keeping.

Adhering strictly to Food Hygiene Regulations and other safety procedures at all times.

Take charge of the department in the Head Chef’s absence, to ensure that service requirements are met.

Assisting the Head Chef by researching and creating new menus ensuring meals are of a high quality and compliment healthy eating guidelines.

Correctly filling of all paperwork in relation to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system (HACCP) i.e. Fridge temperatures, food temperature logs and cleaning schedules

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

To be 18 years or older

GCSE or equivalent in English

City & Guilds 706/1 and 2 (or equivalent) Basic Food Preparation Cooking

Basic Food Hygiene (essential)

Intermediate Food hygiene (desirable)

Previous experience in a similar environment

Previous experience in delivering a service on mass

Menu planning, costing, ordering, stock control and budget experience

Where you will be working:

Location: Thornford Park, Crookham Hill, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 8ET

You will work at Thornford Park which is a combination of medium secure and low secure units and rehabilitation flats. The service provides a seamless internal care pathway supporting and empowering patients in their recovery and rehabilitation.

You will work alongside the multidisciplinary to provide personalised assessment and treatment programmes for males with mental illness/ complex care needs as well as those with personality disorder. Service users may have histories of offending and/or may have failed in previous placements.

What you will get:

Annual salary of £29,820 

The equivalent of 33 days annual leave (inc Bank Holidays) – plus your birthday off!

Free meals and parking

Wellbeing support and activities to help you maintain a great work-life balance.

Career development and training to help you achieve your career goals.

Pension contribution to secure your future.

Life Assurance for added peace of mind.

Enhanced Maternity Package so you can truly enjoy this special time.

There is also a range of other benefits including retail discounts and special offers and much more. 

About your next employer

You will be working for an established, stable and agile company with over 8,000 employees and a unique approach to the delivery of care. With a network of over 90 services across England and Wales covering Mental Health, Neurological, Learning Disabilities & Autism, Children & Education, there is opportunity for you to grow and move. 

Elysium Healthcare is part of Ramsay Health Care with a global network that extends across 10 countries and employs over 86,000 people globally. 

Elysium Healthcare follows safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is a requirement that all staff understand it is each person’s individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of service users. Candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure.

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