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Kitchen Supervisor / Chef

Based at Rowan Lodge, Crown Lane, Newnham, Basingstoke, RG27 9AN – a beautiful and modern family owned and managed care home with a CQC rating of “good” in all five areas.

** Activities Team of the Year Finalist – National Care Awards 2021**

**Knight Frank Luxury Care Guide Featured Home 2020**

We are looking for a talented Cook to join the motivated and happy team working at our Rowan Lodge care home. At Forest Care, we are proud to create positive working environments in each of our care homes by encouraging employee participation and humour in the workplace.

Salary £14.42 per hour. Alternate weekend working will be required. 40 hours a week working various shifts between 7am and 7pm.

As well as a competitive hourly rate, we offer the following benefits;

  • 28 days Holiday (for full time workers)
  • Enhanced pay for Bank Holidays
  • Long service awards
  • Comprehensive induction training
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Auto-enrolment Pension Scheme
  • NVQ Training
  • Refer a Friend Scheme
  • Paid breaks
  • Free Uniform
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 covering a full range of issues. Includes perks and discounts too!
  • Blue Light Staff Discount Card, Employee of the Month, Appreciation weeks and many more!

Candidates will need access to their own transport to apply for this role.

Forest Care

Forest Care is a family owned and managed company, currently with four care homes in Hampshire and Surrey. Our focus is to ensure we provide the highest standards of care to our residents, and their ongoing welfare, comfort and needs are central to how we run our homes. We want our homes to be a home in the truest sense, and we are committed to making our residents feel at home from the outset.

Main Duties of our Cooks;

  • To prepare and cook a balanced, nutritious diet within a controlled hygienic environment.
  • To control systems of food allocation to minimise wastage.
  • To ensure that all purchases are controlled within the allocated budget.
  • To supervise other kitchen staff.
  • To implement a stock management system to prevent unnecessary waste and purchases.
  • To keep the purchase of materials within allocated budgets.
  • To maintain a balanced diet and varied menus.
  • To be aware of residents’ needs and dietary preferences.
  • To ensure that all kitchen staff are trained within the requirements of current legislation.
  • To maintain the kitchen equipment in accordance with manufacturers specifications.
  • To ensure that all kitchen staff clean the kitchen after use and, at the end of each shift, leave the kitchen in a clean and hygienic state.
  • To ensure that after each meal, samples of food are retained in sample pots in chilled form for the required period.
  • To be responsible for checking the hours worked by the kitchen staff and to authorise payment, as detailed on the checked time sheets.
  • To actively contribute in the preparation and cooking of food and the cleaning of the kitchen area.
  • To perform other such reasonable duties as may be required.

Please note this position is subject to a DBS check.

With effect from 15th March 2022, it is no longer a requirement that we only employ people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

While there may be concerns that the removal of the mandatory vaccine requirement will affect health and safety in the workplace, we still maintain stringent infection control measures to ensure everyone in our homes remains as safe as possible.

Despite the legislative change, we still strongly believe that vaccination remains the best line of defence against Covid-19 and we therefore strongly encourage all current and prospective staff to be fully vaccinated.

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