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Executive Head Chef


Ralph Trustees
Salary: competitive with bonus and benefits
Location: Watford
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Kitchen and Catering
Category: Chef and Catering Jobs
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An opportunity to join the Senior team at The Grove has arisen as we are looking for an Executive Head Chef.

We are proud to offer a full range of dining experiences, from à la carte to banqueting, seasonal pop-up restaurants, room service, pastry and production. We create lasting memories for our guests, whether they visit for business, leisure or a milestone event, and our food and service is often at the very heart of this.

This role covers all aspects of running the kitchen teams and operations, so we are looking for a candidate who can give recent examples of when they have managed a brigade of over 60 chefs, across multiple restaurants and outlets. It would be a bonus to have international experience that can be used creatively to enhance our offer. We need someone who leads, inspires and has an imaginative eye for detail as well as the five star standards we pride ourselves on, whilst maintaining cost control and working within health and safety procedures.

You will need to demonstrate your ability to manage and mentor people and develop their careers; to interface between the kitchens and Back of House as well as the events and operations teams who look after our clients and guests; in short we are looking for an all-rounder who has a passion for food and the people who produce it.

Person Specification

Essential:

* Strong leadership and teamwork skills with proven experience of leading, managing motivating and developing a large high performance team of 80+ across multi-outlets
* Highly organised, focused on productivity and efficiencies
* Hands-on “operator”, leading from the front, team player/team builder driven by customer satisfaction and high standards

NVQ 1& 2 or equivalent

Superb culinary and innovation skills and excellent attention to detail

* Strong financial and commercial acumen
* Problem solving ability, planning and time management
* Assertiveness and decision making skills
* Excellent verbal/written communication
* Good PC skills including Word and Excel
* Interviewing skills and mentoring experience

Desirable:

* International Experience

About Us

The Grove is one of three prestigious hotels operated by Ralph Trustees, a family owned hotel group. We are a spectacular 5* venue and resort, offering our customers a slice of tranquillity and calm, away from the stresses of every day life.

Across our 300-acre estate we offer fine dining, a range of outdoor activities (including our famed Golf course) and an indulgent award-winning spa and health club. Being family owned means that both our guests and our employees are treated as individuals and not one of the crowd.

Why join us?

Alongside the personable touches that come with working for a family run business, we also offer a range of benefits that are designed to enable you to feel valued and appreciated as an important member of our team:

* The chance to make use of the on-site award-winning facilities such as the spa, golf course and gym.
* A staff canteen with a free meal during your shift
* A subsidised shuttle bus from Watford town centre
* Generous discounts for you and your family/friends on stays with the hotel
* Subsidised staff accommodation (if required)
An opportunity to join the Senior team at The Grove has arisen as we are looking for an Executive Head Chef.

We are proud to offer a full range of dining experiences, from à la carte to banqueting, seasonal pop-up restaurants, room service, pastry and production. We create lasting memories for our guests, whether they visit for business, leisure or a milestone event, and our food and service is often at the very heart of this.

This role covers all aspects of running the kitchen teams and operations, so we are looking for a candidate who can give recent examples of when they have managed a brigade of over 60 chefs, across multiple restaurants and outlets. It would be a bonus to have international experience that can be used creatively to enhance our offer. We need someone who leads, inspires and has an imaginative eye for detail as well as the five star standards we pride ourselves on, whilst maintaining cost control and working within health and safety procedures.

You will need to demonstrate your ability to manage and mentor people and develop their careers; to interface between the kitchens and Back of House as well as the events and operations teams who look after our clients and guests; in short we are looking for an all-rounder who has a passion for food and the people who produce it.

Person Specification

Essential:

* Strong leadership and teamwork skills with proven experience of leading, managing motivating and developing a large high performance team of 80+ across multi-outlets
* Highly organised, focused on productivity and efficiencies
* Hands-on “operator”, leading from the front, team player/team builder driven by customer satisfaction and high standards

NVQ 1& 2 or equivalent

Superb culinary and innovation skills and excellent attention to detail

* Strong financial and commercial acumen
* Problem solving ability, planning and time management
* Assertiveness and decision making skills
* Excellent verbal/written communication
* Good PC skills including Word and Excel
* Interviewing skills and mentoring experience

Desirable:

* International Experience

About Us

The Grove is one of three prestigious hotels operated by Ralph Trustees, a family owned hotel group. We are a spectacular 5* venue and resort, offering our customers a slice of tranquillity and calm, away from the stresses of every day life.

Across our 300-acre estate we offer fine dining, a range of outdoor activities (including our famed Golf course) and an indulgent award-winning spa and health club. Being family owned means that both our guests and our employees are treated as individuals and not one of the crowd.

Why join us?

Alongside the personable touches that come with working for a family run business, we also offer a range of benefits that are designed to enable you to feel valued and appreciated as an important member of our team:

* The chance to make use of the on-site award-winning facilities such as the spa, golf course and gym.
* A staff canteen with a free meal during your shift
* A subsidised shuttle bus from Watford town centre
* Generous discounts for you and your family/friends on stays with the hotel
* Subsidised staff accommodation (if required)
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