The Plant-Based Community Cookery School
Posted Wednesday 20th October 2021...
We are looking for a new Head Chef - Community Meal Service to join our team. Read on for more information about this exciting new opportunity.
Post: Head Chef, Meal Delivery Service
Hours: 25 hours per week - 2 days on site and 7 hours flexible working
Location: Combination of meal service kitchen (Hackney) and home based
Salary: £19,800/annum pro rata 3 days/week (£33,000/annum full time equivalent)
Reports to: Community Food Manager
Since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, Made in Hackney has pivoted from a community cookery school providing face to face cookery classes to a free direct to door meal delivery service for households in need of support. In the early stages of the meal service, MIH partnered with Angelina restaurant to cook the meals and fresh produce was donated by food waste suppliers such as Edible London and City Harvest. Our service is now provided in house with an MIH team responsible for all food preparation in a donated restaurant space in Hoxton. We have now committed to establishing the service as a core part of MIH’s programme of activities for the foreseeable future as funding allows.
This is an exciting and rewarding (freelance) role leading the kitchen team to prepare 550-600 meals twice a week (180-200 portions each) to community members in Hackney (120+ people.)
The successful candidate will have experience as a catering chef and managing staff in a busy commercial and/or community kitchen environment. You will have a passion for local, seasonal, organic, plant-based food. You will also be able to communicate effectively the social benefits and Made in Hackney’s USP to partner organisations, beneficiaries and suppliers.
The experience of working for Made in Hackney is varied, unique and rewarding. There is plenty of room for the successful candidate to be creative and bring new ideas for developing the service. There is plenty of room for the successful candidate to be creative and bring new ideas for developing the service.
Suggested time allocation:
25 hours per week - 2 days on site and 7 hours flexible working
A. Managing community meals preparation
B. Team leading, management and training:
C. Ordering, Finances and Budget
D. Health and Safety
Equal Opportunity and Anti Racism
We have a strong commitment to promote diversity, equality and equal opportunities. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.
Made In Hackney is on a journey of embedding anti-racism practice into all areas of our work. The Community Food Manager would welcome this and participate in this organisational journey.
Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 17th November 2021
Interviews: Wednesday 24th November 2021 (provisional date)
Post commences: Monday 29th November 2021
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.
Background on Made in Hackney
Made in Hackney is a community cookery school and charity. We teach vital cooking, composting and food growing skills that are good for people and planet. In our classes we draw people's attention to the much-overlooked reality of, 'without a healthy planet, how can we be healthy people?' We therefore teach people in fun and inspiring ways healthy eating and lifestyle skills alongside environmental best practice.
Our courses are attended by local charities, housing associations, support groups and community groups most in need of developing food skills. We also run courses in other community kitchens around London such as the Redmond Community Centre, Lea View Hall, and in Age UK community centres in Barnet and Peckham. We are currently running our classes online due to the covid19 pandemic and plan to reintroduce very small face to face classes in our new venue Liberty Hall from October.
For our COVID-19 crisis response we set up a free direct to door borough wide meal delivery service and juicing service. The juicing service has ended but the meal service continues.
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