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Cook 2 - Assistant Cook


17828.00 - 19275.00 GBP per year, 17828 - 19275


Thurrock, Essex , Essex, RM17 6SL


Permanent Part time

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Vacancy Filler

Date Posted

14 Mar




Thurrock Catering Services provides Gold Food for Life, award winning lunchtime meals at 30 Primary Schools, 2 Special Schools, 2 Secondary Schools within the Borough, serving in excess of one million meals each year to children and school staff. Due to the Universal Free School Meal’s for KS1 pupils and continued expansion and growth of our service, an opportunity now exists to work in a friendly and flexible environment within two of our primary school kitchens in Thurrock.

We are looking to recruit for 3 x strong, experienced and Assistant Chefs with a passion for cooking good nutritious food and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude!

The roles will be part time and based at the following:

Thameside Primary Academy - 25 hours per week

Woodside Primary Academy – 22.50 hours per week

St Thomas of Canterbury – 30 hours per week

You will be required to organise, arrange and supervise all activities in the school kitchen, counter display and dining room area. You will need to promote the service and keep abreast of new products, promotions and any changes in legislation.

Your main responsibilities will be:-

Promotion of the Catering Service and supporting the Head of Kitchen to keep abreast of new products & legislation,

Support the Head of Kitchen to organise and manage the catering provision to ensure an efficient and cost effective service to meet set targets on food and labour costs

Support the Head of Kitchen with food preparation and cooking in accordance to the recipe file and menu.

Support the Catering Service by deputising for the Head of Kitchen to complete all paperwork & reporting required to ensure stock take and payroll deadlines are met in their absence or as required.

Support the Head of Kitchen by supervising staff to ensure the smooth delivery of the catering service

Participate in annual appraisals and any training required

Support the Catering Service to increase uptake and business growth

Full workplace training will be given, which includes food hygiene and safety training. A flexible approach with a can do attitude is required together with a pleasant personality and excellent customer care ethics.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level is required for this role.

Please be aware that Thurrock Council are undertaking a pay review which will affect the grading of this vacancy – full details will be provided at conditional offer stage to the preferred candidate.

We offer competitive benefits to staff details of which can be found at (please copy and paste link in to your web browser)

For an informal discussion about these posts, please contact the Catering Office on 01375 652308 or email

Our vision – An ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

Thurrock is an exciting place to live and work. We are an emerging cultural and arts centre, home to the production centre for the Royal Opera House and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. We have retail and leisure that is among the best, with the magnificent intu Lakeside, and breath-taking countryside all around. There is over 1,000 acres of land ready for commercial development and there are likely to be 30,000 new homes built with transport links that can get you into London and other parts of the UK quickly and easily.

We are an area of massive growth; £6bn has already been invested by the private sector in Thurrock. We have seen 7,000 new jobs created, with a further 30,000 anticipated in the next 20 years, and 1,170 new businesses in the borough, with leading centres in ports and logistics, retail and creative industries.

Thurrock Council is an Investors in People (IIP) Gold accredited organisation and committed to equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. We champion flexible working and job share applications are welcome.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

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