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Cook/Junior Chef

Ways Into Work

Posted: 22 Aug 2022

Deadline: 3 Oct 2022

Compensation: £23,000 - £26,000 per annum depending on experience

Paid Full-time Permanent


Job description

Are you a chef or cook looking for a cafe opportunity whilst a achieving a better work/ life balance in the field?

Full Time 40 hours a week

£23,000 - £26,000 per annum depending on experience

Reading, Berkshire

This is an exciting career opportunity for a great Cook/Junior Chef to be involved in the launch of a friendly and rewarding daytime Café adjacent to the centre of Reading. This would suit a chef or cook looking for a cafe opportunity whilst a achieving a better work/ life balance in the field. This opportunity it’s great for someone who want to develop their skill in catering business with opportunity to develop further with the company while expanding culinary skills. This role would suit someone with culinary experience as you be responsible for all the kitchen side of the business.

Ways into Work CIC is a social enterprise which job matches and develops people with disabilities and other barriers in the workforce. They are opening a brand new café which will be a key profit centre for the business creating a unique and diverse opportunity for the right candidate to join a growing organisation and build a team. You role will be key in helping to create a happy place to meet, eat delicious food and have great coffee.

Key responsibilities are:

Reporting to the Cafe Manager, this is a unique chance to develop and deliver the menu, run the kitchen and assist the Cafe Manager in their duties. The position will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Sourcing ingredients and products of the highest quality within budget and locally wherever possible
  • Menu development, delivering consistently delicious plates of food, coffee and cakes
  • Cost control of all menu items whilst ensuring wastage targets are met
  • Training of the entire team in the preparation and serving of the menu
  • Ensure excellent customer service is provided
  • Coordinate and manage all catering and associated services
  • Stock control and ordering of all catering supplies
  • Work in a hands on capacity in the Cafe, leading from and running the kitchen
  • Developing and maintaining all food safety compliance systems & procedures including food allergens
  • Assist the Cafe Manager in all duties and deputise when required


The successful candidate will need to have the following skills and experience:

  • Strong communication and customer service skills
  • Strong cooking skills
  • Cooking experience in a commercial environment
  • A positive personality and outlook to motivate the team
  • Willingness to manage and help people with disabilities as needed in a diverse team
  • Ability to use basic IT systems

Job Offer

  • This is a Permanent position working in a team that changes lives, one job at a time
  • 40 hours a week, flexible hours, day time only.
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays + a unique opportunity to buy or sell up to 1 week Excellent Learning and Development Package

Application information

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To apply please submit your CV and to discuss any reasonable adjustments, contact us via your application or by our info email address on our website.

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About Ways Into Work

We are a Supported Employment organisation and are a Community Interest Company supporting disabled people and people with other barriers into work in the Berkshire , Hampshire and Oxford area. We are in the process of starting up our own cafe.