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Cook - Chesterfield

The National Trust
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
11.88 per hour
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Cook - Chesterfield


Do you have a passion for food? The National Trust is renowned for its food and hospitality. We run 185 cafes all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and we'd love you to be a part of it.

We’re looking for a Cook to join us at Hardwick Hall. Because we are in a rural area, please think about how you’d be able to get here for work, before applying for the job. 

Benefits: We want to help you look after the things that matter to you, such as saving for your future, getting a discount on your weekly shop, or encouraging you to find a work-life balance. Please read our package, below, to see what benefits we offer you.

Hours: 15 hours per week (part time), working across 2 or 3 days per week. Regular weekend working is required, at least 1 weekend day per week, as well as weekdays and holidays. Shifts will be worked between 8am and 5pm.

Salary: £11.88 per hour (£23,166 per year pro rata).

Duration: Fixed-term contract until 6th January 2025.

Interview dates: 4th and 6th June 2024.

What it's like to work here

Reporting to the Head Chef, you'll be based at Hardwick Hall (Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ), a spectacular Elizabethan house filled with rich furnishings and tapestries. The Hardwick Estate is open every day, as well as the house and grounds there is a shop selling locally sourced gifts, a second-hand bookshop and The Barn restaurant.

To find out more about what it’s like to work in a food and beverage team for the National Trust, click here to watch our video.

What you'll be doing

As a Cook, your focus will be in the kitchen, helping to prepare and present delicious food from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Your food will be served directly to visitors. Using the framework of our ‘National Trust Cookbook’, you’ll prepare, measure and mix ingredients. You’ll help with deliveries and with keeping the kitchen clean, to be compliant with health and safety legislation and to make sure that service runs smoothly. We’ll give you an induction that fits the job, and training in allergens and food safety, plus any mentoring needed to help you in your role. You can sign up for further professional training and development if you wish.  Please also read the full role profile, attached to this advert.

Who we're looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you’re:
  • Someone who loves good food and has a friendly and positive attitude.
  • Confident about following recipes and batch-cooking, and willing to learn.
  • Aware of health and safety compliance.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax-free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • EV car lease scheme 
  • Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most Trust places

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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