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Head Chef - Bassingbourn Barracks

£33157 per annum / 40 hours per week

  • Enjoy a primarily daytime schedule, offering you the chance to savor the perfect work-life balance.
  • Join a company that treasures creativity and encourages you to push culinary boundaries.
  • We invest in our team's growth. Take advantage of workshops, training programs, and opportunities for advancement.
  • Be part of an organization that celebrates its chefs as the heart and soul of the culinary experience.


We're currently recruiting an ambitious Head Chef to help us create exceptional food experiences for Defence on a full time basis, contracted to 40 hours per week.

As a Head Chef, you will be responsible for creating an outstanding culinary experience. In return, you will have the chance to progress your career with a company that invests in its people, celebrates individuality, and rewards and recognises employees who go beyond the plate.

Could you bring your spark to Defence? Here's what you need to know before applying for a Head Chef position with Compass Group UK&I:

  • The Head Chef is primarily responsible for producing the food for Staff Dining and Hospitality
  • Prepare, cook and present food to the highest standards checking for taste, presentation and quality.
  • To ensure all food preparation is carried out in accordance with food hygiene procedures
  • Support all areas of the Kitchen as required
  • To ensure food is served promptly and work is carried out quickly and efficiently to keep up when busy

Our ideal Head Chef will:
  • Create a positive work environment where the whole team can thrive
  • Be a brilliant communicator and easily build relationships
  • Have experience in a similar Head Chef role
  • Strive for excellence in an enthusiastic and motivated manner
  • Take initiative and make decisions that are right for our customers
  • Have a desire to succeed in your role
  • Possess the ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrate exceptional timekeeping and reliability
  • Have a safety-first mind set
  • Passionate about food


We ensure you're rewarded for all your hard work, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:
  • To help with the cost of living crisis, Compass will be providing a free meal or equivalent Subsidy while working
  • Free meals
  • Free on-site gym
  • Onsite free car parking
  • Wellness facilities
  • Exclusive travel discounts with TUI, Expedia, Booking.com and many more
  • Save money on your food shop with discounts on Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and many more
  • Quick access for you and your immediate family to a Digital GP, and wider healthcare benefits
  • Up to 44% off cinema tickets to enjoy your favourite blockbuster
  • Regular emails filled with the best discounts and savings available
  • Receive cash rewards every time you spend and use them on a wide range of brands
  • Un-wind with us with free wellness, mindfulness and exercise classes
  • You can share all discounts and offers with your friends and families
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Grow your career with our Career Pathways and MyLearning programmes

About Us

Part of Compass Group UK&I, ESS is the Defence, Government, and Energy services sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland. We support 250+ UK military establishments, high profile police, secure environments and government sites, along with a range of onshore and offshore facilities including platforms, drilling rigs, floatels and offices for the energy sector. We know that a friendly face makes all the difference, so we look for people who are passionate about delivering excellent customer service, at all levels, to join our teams.

Job Reference: com/0103/96047001/52626043/ONE

Compass Group UK&I wants everyone in our business to feel able to be themselves at work and to have an equal opportunity to progress their career. We want to create a culture where we respect and embrace everyone's talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and abilities. Where our colleagues feel valued, can reach their full potential, and thrive - Diversity is Our Strength!

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