Cook (Centralised Kitchen) (1)

Also known as: chef

As a cook you will prepare and cook nutritious and healthy meals for pupils and staff at the school. You will be based solely in the kitchen, and depending on the size of the school you could be feeding thousands of people daily.

Your day-to-day duties may involve:
• food preparation
• serving food and drink
• maintaining health and safety procedures

As a chef you will cook and prepare food in line with the school’s requirements. You will ensure the content is healthy and is a variety of food for the pupils to choose from.  Many ingredients have a low shelf life so you will monitor stock to ensure the fresh food does not get contaminated. It’s important that you store food items correctly and adhere to all health and hygiene standards.

You will allocate work to kitchen/catering assistants and supervise them when appropriate. With help from your team members, you will prepare and cook dishes in line with the school’s policies and relevant legislation. As you will be producing a large volume of meals you will ensure that the recipes are followed and the portion size monitored so everyone is fed.