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Head Chef




Kneesworth House, Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5JP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





Job Advert Role Description

Head Chef

Manages the provision of a catering service within the Hospital with particular emphasis on the planning, preparing, cooking and serving of meals ensuring all activities and operations comply with operational standards and statutory regulations.

Managing the efficient control of stock including placing orders for food products and ensuring this is cost effective

Participating in meetings with service users to discuss menus, issues, preferences and dietary requirements.

Supervising and leading the catering team to ensure the quality of work continues to meet required operational standard and company's Food Safety policies and guidelines. 

Job Description: 

  • Ensures the effective and efficient planning, preparation and delivery of all aspects of food preparation and cooking.
  • Actively involved in the preparation, cooking and serving of food, as well as managing the catering team and ensuring operational standards comply with the company’s “Food Safety Policies “, guidelines and regulations,  
  • Responsible for food safety standards, COSHH and Health and Safety Regulations, and the standards of all site kitchens cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Responsible for monitoring the hospitals catering budget within Priory standards, taking account of cost per cover calculations, as well as ensuring best value and quality of ingredients.
  • Researches, develops and creates varied and interesting menus in consultation with the Hospital Dietician, taking into account healthy eating guidelines and dietary, nutritional and religious requirements.
  • Monitors and adapts food production, ensuring there is minimum amount of wasted food
  • Orders all required stock, ensuring stock rotation is organised in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Organises/devises rotas, schedules and audits, manages staffs annual leaves, absences, training and recruitment.
  • Liaises with contractors and suppliers regarding equipment and stock.  
  • Attends meetings, as and when required.  
  • Liaises with relevant departments and colleagues and responds to communications.
  • Ensures the transportation of the food across site.
  • Required to work a mixture of day shifts - Kitchen operates 7 days a week 07.30-18.30.

About Kneesworth:

Kneesworth House is a 155 bed mental health hospital situated in Cambridgeshire (on the borders of Hertfordshire) with good commuting access to / from London. The hospital has a full pathway of care including medium, low secure, locked rehabilitation and open recovery wards  situated across the site.

Division DBS info

About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application.  Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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