Chef / Cook - Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre - Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Caernarfon, Gwynedd
£24,111 - £26,582 (FT)
23 May 2023
05 Jun 2023
Full Time

Chef / Cook - Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre - Caernarfon, Gwynedd 

SALARY: £24,111 - £26,582 (FT)


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. In 2023 we will be celebrating 40 years of delivering a wide range of adventurous activities both on and off site. We also run Instructor Courses in several disciplines and have school, Corporate and Professional training courses. The Centre has accommodation for up to 150 people and all meals are prepared by our on site Catering Team.


We have an opportunity for a new Chef/Cook to join our busy Catering Team.  We are looking for someone who has a passion for food and is a great team player to help our Catering Manager introduce the new menu in 2023


The Post can be full time - 37 Hours a week or 2 X Part Time 23 Hours a week. The successful applicant will work on a 3 week rota, that will include working 1 weekend in three, as well as early and evening shifts


if you feel like you’d be successful in this role or are interested to know more, we’d love to hear from you.  Please apply with a letter of application and CV.


Primary objectives for the Chef/Cook will be:

  • To prepare and cook meals for customers, visitors, staff and corporate clients frequenting Plas Menai.
  • Deliver a catering offer inline with the standards given by the Head Chef which will ensure high quality and nutritionally balanced food to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the day to day catering including;  food safety, stock control, ordering and cleaning.
  • To deputise as and when required in the absence of the Head Chef.
  • To contribute positively and proactively with the catering team to ensure the success of the centre.
  • To contribute to the team effort and maintain the operational standards to ensure the centre achieves a 5 out of 5 Scores on the Doors grading.
  • To assist in managing the day to day operations of the catering function in order to maximise business opportunities and profitability in line with the business plan.

The Chef/Cook will focus day to day on the following tasks:

  • Prepare and cook food for customers and visitors. 
  • To ensure the company Food Safety Policy procedures and responsibilities are carried out at all times.
  • To assist the Head Chef in ensuring all members of staff involved in catering have sufficient training to meet regulatory requirements and training required in order to successfully complete their duties.
  • Maintain systems of stock control to minimise wastage and aid profitability.
  • Ensure a consistent high level of service is delivered to customers.
  • Stimulate secondary spend by facility users by way of supporting the catering manager with regular promotional activity.
  • Ensure your own conduct and standards of work are in line with licensing regulations.
  • To contribute to ensuring sufficient staff are available for the safe, high quality functioning of the catering services.
  • To assist in the management of the centre’s quality assurance systems and procedures.
  • To undertake maintenance, housekeeping and cleaning duties as and when required.
  • To undertake any regulatory requirements.
  • To be responsible and accountable for cash handling as required.
  • To be responsible for other catering staff on shift as and when required. 
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required by the Catering Manager to ensure that the business objectives of the contract are achieved.


Qualifications & skills  

  • The post holder will hold a recognised qualification in catering such as GNVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery or related subject, and have Food and Hygiene Certification.
  • Demonstrate recent experience in a chef position.
  • You will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of HACCP and food safety legislation.
  • You will have an understanding of food origins and seasonality of produce.

  Personal Among the personal characteristics sought the applicant:

  • Must be able to build strong relationships with customers, clients and employees.
  • Have good leadership and communication skills.
  • Must be able to meet the demands of the role by working additional hours and/or additional duties as and when required.
  • Must be able to maintain and be committed to good employee relations and deliver quality training.
  • Must be able to supervise and motivate staff.
  • Must be a team player and be able to work closely with the whole site staff team.
  • Must be flexible as working hours will vary.