Searcys - Head Chef

Job Description

Searcys is a renowned catering company in Britain, with a rich history spanning 176 years. We were recently honored with the Events Caterer of the Year 2022 award at the prestigious Cateys. As a Head Chef at Searcys, you will enjoy a range of benefits including a 50% discount at Searcys venues, enrollment in our enhanced pension scheme, up to 33 days of annual leave, access to everyday discounts and communication portal, an employee assistance program, and enrollment in Searcys Champagne School. Meals will be provided during your shift when working at our venues.

Your key responsibilities will include organizing the successful operation of all food areas with the assistance of the appropriate Heads of Department, setting and maintaining operation standards, monitoring daily standards and reporting concerns to the Executive Chef, ensuring adherence to legislative and government guidelines, monitoring daily service in eating areas, ensuring staff are correctly dressed, ensuring all services are ready for operation on time, managing staffing levels, managing sundry expenditure, overseeing the day-to-day running of the main kitchen, ensuring smooth operations, conducting hygiene and personal hygiene checks, maintaining food standards, controlling waste, ensuring health and safety compliance, managing food purchasing, following Searcys personnel procedures, and any other reasonable requests from senior management.

To be successful in this role, you should be very well organized, able to prioritize workloads, and work well under pressure. You should have excellent standards and experience working in a 5-star hotel or Michelin star restaurant is essential. Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team are also important.

At Searcys, we believe in investing in our people and their development. Upon joining us, you will attend our induction program where you will learn more about our company and receive ongoing support throughout your journey with us. We offer development opportunities and are committed to recruiting, training, and retaining the best talent in the industry.

Salary: Competitive


  • Very well organized and ability to prioritize workload
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Excellent standards
  • Experience in working in a 5-star hotel or Michelin star restaurant is essential
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills

Additional Information:

Our success is attributed to the investments we make in developing our people to ensure they can be the best they can be. We provide an induction program for all new hires and offer ongoing support. We believe in investing in development opportunities and are actively seeking to recruit, train, and retain the best talent in the industry.

10 Interview Questions You Might Get Asked

These are questions that we think might come up at some point during the interview process. It's worth prepping answers for the questions below, as well as other key areas you think will be important to secure the role.

  • Can you tell us about your experience in working in a 5-star hotel or Michelin star restaurant?
  • How do you ensure that all legislative and government guidelines are adhered to in the food areas you oversee?
  • How do you monitor and maintain the standards of operation in each food area?
  • Can you give an example of a time when you had to handle a peak in business and adjust staffing levels accordingly?
  • How do you ensure that all staff present themselves correctly dressed for duty?
  • Can you describe your approach to managing and delegating tasks to Sous Chefs?
  • How do you ensure smooth running of daily operations, including hygiene, food standards, waste control, and health and safety?
  • How do you manage food purchasing within budget constraints?
  • Can you explain how you follow Searcys personnel procedures, including disciplinary, grievance, appraisal, and recruitment?
  • What steps do you take to stay organized and prioritize your workload?

5 Questions You Could Ask

Based on the job description above, here are 5 questions we think you could ask during your interview. Use them as a guide to help you write your own questions.

Remember: Always have at least 5 questions prepared for the interview. If you do not, you run the risk of looking unprepared.

  • What is the typical work schedule for this position?
  • Can you tell me more about the Searcys enhanced pension scheme?
  • What opportunities are there for career advancement within the company?
  • Can you provide more information about the Searcys Champagne School?
  • How does the company support employee development and training?
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Company: Searcys

Location: London

Posted: 2023-11-15 00:00:00


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Category: Catering / hospitality

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