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Adopt a School Chef Lecturer (London/SE-based)

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts' Adopt a School Trust
Home-based with travel around London and Kent

Posted: 13 Jan 2022

Deadline: 28 Jan 2022

Compensation: £30,000-£32,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Paid Full-time Flexible hours Fixed term / contract Remote working


Job description

We have an exciting opportunity to join our small team as a Chef Leturer delivering food education to primary school children in London (mainly South and East London), Kent and the surrounding areas. Founded in 1990, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust (AAS) is a national charity delivering food education in schools. The Adopt a School team, members of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, and those in the hospitality industry trained by us, work with a local school with the aim of passing on their knowledge and expertise. Our vision is that every child learns about food in a holistic sense and has the confidence to eat well, be healthy and happy. Our programme helps children to develop healthy eating habits and encourages an enthusiasm and interest in food and cooking, as well as giving an insight into the hospitality industry.

Job Purpose

  • To work primarily in the geographic area of London, Kent and surrounding areas.
  • To deliver workshops to primary school children - mainly in schools, but also on farms, in hospitals, referral units, community centres, and at festivals.
  • To identify, train and work with local chefs, front of house professionals and volunteers to promote the activities of Adopt a School and support them in their delivery of sessions in schools.
  • To build networks within the community to promote Adopt a School.

Role Responsibilities

  • Deliver Adopt a School sessions as detailed in the Resource Pack, or as agreed beforehand with the Adopt a School Executive Chef and/or Executive Director.
  • Identify and vet schools that may be interested in being part of Adopt a School and work with teachers at the schools to plan activities.
  • Ensure all local volunteers, chefs and hospitality professionals receive Adopt a School training before delivering sessions.
  • Assist in the training and support of chefs, hospitality professionals and volunteers to deliver sessions to school children in line with Adopt a School’s philosophy.
  • Regularly liaise with the Adopt a School team and provide a weekly record of all activities (by email).
  • Ensure the Adopt a School team are informed of any changes to planned activities.
  • Manage own budget, expenses and costings for paid-for sessions.
  • Keep up-to-date with teaching methods and any curriculum changes related to food education.
  • Uphold the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ six food philosophy pillars for sustainability.
  • Liaise regularly with new and existing Academicians (members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts) and chefs in the area.
  • Generally promote the activities of the Adopt a School programme in order to raise greater awareness in both education and culinary circles.
  • Attend quarterly review meetings and any other associated meetings.
  • Any other reasonable responsibilities as defined by the Adopt a School Trust. This role will evolve with the changing needs of the organisation and you are expected, with support, to adapt to these changes.

Person Specification Essential skills and behaviours:

  • Industry experience preferably in a professional kitchen
  • A passion for food and food education and awareness of food provenance and regional producers
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Strong team skills
  • Customer service attitude
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Accountability
  • Punctuality and excellent presentation

Essential requirements:

  • NVQ Level 2 Food Preparation and Cooking, or equivalent qualification, minimum. Level 3 or above preferred.
  • Hold a food handler’s certificate and demonstrate solid knowledge of food hygiene
  • Attend Adopt a School training and shadow a team member during probation period, and before delivering any sessions
  • Prepared to work some weekends and to set off early to arrive at schools in a timely fashion, as required
  • Able to work from home to complete paperwork, food preparation, planning, communications etc.
  • Have sufficient storage space for equipment and disposables as well as suitable refrigeration for food storage
  • Own vehicle and a clean driving licence
  • Willing to drive many miles to fulfil the needs of the role
  • Prepared to be DBS checked prior to starting in the role, complete safeguarding training and adhere to safeguarding procedures.

Desirable attributes:

  • Teaching/demonstration experience
  • Knowledge of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

Application information

To apply, please send your CV AND cover letter highlighting your interest in Adopt a School and your motivation for undertaking this job. Please detail your relevant experience, ensuring this is in line with the job description and person specification. Send these to helenahoughton@raoca.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 28th January. Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 31st January at Westminster Kingsway College, London. If you would like an informal chat about what the role involves prior to applying, please call our Executive Chef, Idris Caldora, on 07967 009631.

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About Royal Academy of Culinary Arts' Adopt a School Trust

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust is a national charity delivering food education in schools. Chefs and hospitality professionals work with local schools with the aim of passing on their knowledge and expertise. Our vision is that every child learns about food in a holistic sense and has the confidence to eat well, be healthy and happy. Our programme helps children to develop healthy eating habits and encourages an enthusiasm and interest in food, food provenance and cooking.