Chef Development Programme

London (City of)
£30000.00 per annum
24 Jun 2024
05 Aug 2024
Job Type
Contract Type
Full Time

Join Firmdale Hotels' Chef Development Programme: Your Path to Culinary Excellence

Are you a passionate chef with culinary qualifications but limited professional experience? Firmdale Hotels invites you to embark on an extraordinary journey with our 18-month Chef Development Programme. This is your chance to elevate your culinary skills, gain invaluable experience, through our luxurious 5-star hotels.

About the Programme

Our comprehensive programme is designed to immerse you in the world of high-end cuisine, guided by our talented Head Chefs and senior team members. You'll refine your knife skills, menu writing, understand food costings, and develop your own signature dishes. This journey includes multiple kitchens, hands-on practice, masterclasses, and supplier visits, ensuring a well-rounded culinary education. 

We are now accepting applications for the Development Programme to start on the 23rd September. 

What You Will Learn

Throughout this course, you will learn:

  • Create Innovative Dishes: Develop menus reflecting seasonality and the latest culinary trends.
  • Ensure Food Safety: Maintain rigorous food safety standards and manage kitchen equipment.
  • Produce Quality Cuisine: Deliver exceptional dishes consistently, maintaining the high standards of Firmdale Hotels.
  • Lead and Inspire: Brief, coach, and motivate your team to achieve excellence in the kitchen.
  • Cost Management: Learn to cost dishes, monitor ingredient use, and control kitchen wastage.
  • Allergen Awareness: Understand and manage allergens in your dishes.
  • Specialisation Option: As part of your professional development, you have the opportunity to select your focus for the final 6 months of the program. You can choose to work in either the Pastry Kitchen, Main Kitchen, or Events Kitchen.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary of £30,000 per annum
  • Access to Wagestream our financial wellbeing app. Stream your accrued earnings before pay day, benefit from everyday savings and real time financial coaching.
  • Health cash plan (including contributions towards dental, optical, alternative and complementary therapies)
  • Discounted cinema tickets, gym membership, travel, retailers and restaurants
  • Generous 30% discount off food and drinks at our restaurants and bars
  • Complimentary meals on shift
  • Referral bonus scheme for recommending top talent
  • Flexible scheduling without split shifts
  • Dry cleaning service for work attire and discounted personal dry cleaning
  • Enhanced holiday allowance based on length of service
  • Season ticket loan for convenient commuting
  • Ongoing training, professional development, and fully funded English lessons
  • Regular social events, team activities, and fitness sessions
  • Benefits like cycle to work scheme and annual long service awards
  • One allocated paid day per year for volunteering work
  • Exclusive discounts at Design Hotels, staff sales, spa discounts, and product perks
  • And much more!!

You'll receive mentorship from a Head Chef and support from our Group Head Chef. Our mentors provide guidance, listen to your ideas, and help you navigate your career path with honesty, clarity, and fairness. Firmdale Hotels is also committed to your mental wellbeing, offering mental health support across all our hotels.

Why join Firmdale Hotels?

Firmdale Hotels is an international, award winning group of 11 luxury hotels and 10 bars and restaurants in London and New York. World renowned for their unique interiors and exceptional service, the hotels are trailblazers in hospitality and design.

We are delighted to have been recognised by the hospitality and travel industries for the great work our teams have achieved. To name a few of our recent awards and accolades:

  • Times Best Places to Work 2024
  • The Kings Award for Enterprise 2024 for outstanding contribution to International Trade
  • GM of the Year Finalist – Helle Jensen – Cateys 2024
  • Ham Yard Hotel - two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence, Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant, 2024 as well as an AA Breakfast Award
  •  Dorset Square Hotel – One AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, The Potting Shed, 2024
  • Warren Street Hotel - Travel & Leisure ‘IT List’ best hotels in the world
  • Whitby Hotel, Crosby Street and Warren Street - Michelin keys
  • The Soho Hotel and Ham Yard - Conde Nast Traveller 2023 Top Hotels in London.
  • Number Sixteen - Best Boutique Hotels in London, The Times, 2024.

You can see a full list of our awards and accolades here:

Join Firmdale Hotels and take the next step in your culinary career with our Chef Development Programme. Apply now and be part of a team that values excellence, creativity, and your professional growth.

In line with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, we do require all applicants to have the eligibility to live and work in the United Kingdom. Documentation will be required at interview stage.

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