Cookery School Chef

  • Full time
  • £21,500 – £24,500
  • Ramekin & Rolling Pin Cookery School, Kirkintilloch
  • Closing 29th February 2024


  • Advertised from 31st January 2024
  • 35 hours per week (will include some evenings and Saturdays)

Role

About Us

Established in 2022 Ramekin and Rolling Pin is a modern and inclusive cookery school and community kitchen based in East Dunbartonshire. Our aim is to bring communities together through a series of communal workshops with a focus on healthy eating, creative cookery and expanding social networks. We believe that everyone should have access to a balanced diet and we promote this in a sustainable, cost effective and environmentally friendly way.

The cookery school is open to everyone, including families, children and young people, schools, community groups and community based organisations. We offer a number of tailored workshops run by professional chefs that explore everything from basic food preparation right up to making advanced dishes from cuisines across the world.

Addressing food injustice is at the core of what we do, so that people and communities have the opportunity to access a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities whilst also considering the environmental challenges of the climate emergency, rising fuel costs and food insecurity.

Our cookery masterclasses and events help fund our community cookery classes and culinary therapy workshops for those in the local area.

2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year at Ramekin and Rolling Pin with a fully booked schedule of cookery masterclasses (see Ramekin + Rolling Pin Events | Eventbrite, Cookery Classes) a wide variety of community collaborations in the diary and an on site community garden in the pipeline. We are looking for an experienced, passionate chef to join the team to continue our growth and support our community.

The Role

In the main the successful candidate will work alongside the Cookery School Manager in the planning and delivery of all cookery masterclasses, community cookery classes and events/catering as well as all any relevant admin, monitoring and evaluation. This will include daily, weekly or monthly duties (whichever applicable) from the categories below.

  • Working alongside the CSM to develop and deliver seasonal cookery school programmes and masterclasses, including the creation of recipe content
  • Assisting in the sourcing of ingredients, using fresh produce and/or edible food waste wherever possible
  • Preparing the workstations with awareness of potential risks, ensuring that basic food hygiene procedures are followed
  • Working with and training a group of volunteers to become peer-to-peer workshop facilitators.
  • Working with the CSM to determine marketing and sales strategies to maximise exposure and income
  • Sharing responsibility for monitoring weekly, monthly and annual sales performance and achieving targets for income
  • Working within an environmental agenda to ensure effective zero waste and waste management protocols.
  • Supporting the CSM in taking part in regular evaluation reviews of programme delivery ensuring the continuous improvement of our services
  • Supporting the CSM in ensuring all data recording is captured accurately enabling robust impact assessment, delivery of funding agreements and the effective use of our resources
  • Assisting in the writing up of evaluations of the sessions
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the post in support of the organisation’s smooth functioning

Person Specification

Essential

  • An interest in and desire to work towards the vision, mission and aims of Ramekin and Rolling Pin including a commitment to healthy diet and living
  • Proven professional cookery experience
  • Flexibility in agreed work hours which will include some Saturdays and evenings
  • Well organised with an ability to plan and deliver cookery classes enthusiastically, within agreed timelines and following set processes
  • Demonstrable passion for cuisines and ingredients from around the world and the impact on global food sustainability.
  • Ability to respect individuals and during delivery encourage their interest in food relating to all aspects of their lives.
  • Ability to deliver food demonstrations in an engaging, interactive and informal way to all ages including children and young people, striving for an inclusive approach
  • Experience of using and working within appropriate protocols and procedures such as Cooksafe
  • Commitment to working in a values-based culture including non-discriminatory and equal opportunities practice
  • Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Willingness to undergo PVG check

Desirable

  • Experience of supporting people with higher support needs eg: those with learning difficulties or mental health issues
  • Awareness and understanding of community food and health issues
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • A keen interest in food growing
  • Experience of using social media as a tool to reach target audiences

Application notes

CV and Cover Letter to lorna@ramekinandrollingpin.scot

Closing date: 29th February 2024