Head Chef

Job Title - Head Chef

Salary - £45,000 - £55,000

Position - Full time

The Mansion has a unique and exciting opportunity for an Experienced Head Chef to join our team.

This multifaceted venue offers over 25,000 square feet of Victorian splendour, situated within 9 acres of landscaped grounds and woodland.

The venue is perfectly located between Fareham and Southampton, just minutes from junction 9 of the M27 (Whiteley).


We have 30 large characterful hotel suites that are equally suited to leisure or business travellers.

Food & Beverage

Our premium casual dining style aims to offer Modern British food 7 days per week with service including breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, Sunday roasts and private dining in elegant surroundings.

We have a 65+ cover restaurant within the historic building itself plus over 100 outdoor dining covers, 6 unique garden dining pods, an outdoor cabin bar, a comfortable guest lounge, a 24 cover private dining room and a premium cocktail bar.

When the weather permits, we have proven that we can offer our customers a unique outdoor experience, regularly hosting sell-out BBQ's and summer parties.

The venue catering is serviced by 2 professional kitchens.

Events & Functions

We are actively growing this very important sector of the business, providing exceptional surroundings and service for weddings, celebrations of life, bridal & baby showers, private parties and corporate events.

Our Victorian Orangery has its own dedicated bar and has already hosted some exceptional events.

With a maximum of 60 function dining covers, we aim to provide a high quality of food and service that is hard to find locally elsewhere.

Why Work For Us?

The Mansion is a unique venue, independently owned, thriving but also growing and evolving daily.

The owners recognise that it is the people that work in hospitality that make or break a business.

Many of our key staff started the journey with us and have grown in terms of personal development, taking on greater responsibility and building further on individual career progression.

Like any hospitality venue, we face our challenges but in overcoming these, we grow stronger and the customer experience gets better.

We believe the career opportunities at The Mansion offer the potential to work within a friendly yet dynamic team with fair remuneration and a true opportunity to grow personally.

The Right Candidate will be:-

An experienced, flexible and motivated Head Chef able and determined to give an exceptional level of experience for all of our customers and guests at The Mansion.

Able to pro-actively and confidently lead a 14+ kitchen team across all food based offerings whilst working closely, positively and receptively with the other HOD's, Senior Management and Directors.

Able to demonstrate at least 2 years' experience within a similar sized operation delivering quality food output whilst working to agreed margins and within an acceptable labour budget.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities Include:

* Prepare seasonal menus to ensure food led propositions maintain relevance to target markets and optimise value of seasonal product availability within the restaurant concept.
* Ensure that all food dishes are fully specified and costed and that no products are delivered to our customers that do not fully meet specification.
* Provide team with the clear purpose they require, support with relevant learning experiences and regular feedback on individual /team performance.
* Maintain optimum productivity, food cost and expense performance in line with targets - maintain required records on food waste, waste collection etc and work with cost-effective yet consistent approved suppliers.
* Ensure 'change' initiatives are implemented effectively with high levels of team engagement.
* Lead the kitchen team to deliver the targeted KPI's in line with the agreed dish standards and kitchen management standard operating procedures.
* Ensure a safe, secure and stimulating environment is provided for team members in the kitchen and supporting areas.
* Meet and exceed all statutory guidelines with a view to achieving and maintaining a 5* hygiene rating with EHO.
* Ensure all required equipment maintenance regimes are adhered to thereby minimising breakdowns, repairs and replacements.

Build a loyal, dedicated and motivated team of aspirational career chefs willing to support this growing and varied business

  • Location: SO31 7PT, England
  • Salary: £45000 - £55000 Per Annum
  • Type: Permanent
  • Recruiter: Career Kinetics Limited
  • Posted: 22-Feb-2024
  • Posted on: careers4a.com