Signpost International Vacancy – Food Project Chef / Cook
Job Opportunity – Food Project Chef/Cook
Salary: £20,811 (per annum pro rata) plus holidays and pension entitlement.
Expected starting hours: 28 hours p/w. Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 8am – 4pm
Signpost International are looking for a creative person with a love of cooking great batch-cooked meals, a passion for reducing food waste and tackling food poverty, and experience in a professional kitchen – think Ready Steady Cook without the live studio audience!
Working four days a week for a Dundee-based charity, you’ll help support volunteers in the kitchen and use the surplus food Signpost International gather to cook meals for local food insecurity projects and for our small café. No current requirement to work evenings or weekends, although this may change depending on our future food-focussed activities, which you will help to plan out.
- contribute to the design of recipes using primarily intercepted food;
- cooking, portioning, and labelling of meals for our Roundhouse Community Kitchen project (at least 200 meals per week), including preparation of full allergen, nutritional, and ingredient information (full training and support will be provided);
- overseeing the food-related aspects of the Roundhouse Café;
- ensure food safety & hygiene systems in place and documented accordingly.
See the full job advert at https://www.signpost-international.org/2022/03/19/job-opportunity-food-project-cook/. This is a varied and fairly unique role with plenty of scope for input. Feel free to contact Caroline at [email protected] with any questions.
About Signpost International
Signpost International is a Dundee-based community development organisation. Working in partnership with local organisations, currently in Uganda and Scotland, we facilitate communities to be the drivers of their own change. We work towards our vision of an ‘equitable world where poverty and injustice are eliminated, people thrive and communities flourish.’
In March 2021, Signpost International launched the Community Kitchen based at the Roundhouse in Whitfield, Dundee. The Community Kitchen transforms usable, surplus food (from supermarkets, greengrocers, farms, and other food providers) into freshly prepared, nutritious meals that are chilled or frozen before being redistributed to various third-sector food providers within Dundee. These organisations then distribute the meals to people engaging with their services, either as part of an emergency food parcel or at an open-door larder session.
Alongside these meals in late 2021 Signpost International opened the Roundhouse Café. This 30-seater café (which supports a pay-it-forward scheme & gives away surplus food ensuring everyone can eat) is becoming a gathering place for locals & community groups, addressing social isolation, food waste, and hunger simultaneously. Profit from the café is reinvested to support the Community Kitchen and wider projects of Signpost International.
The role involves balancing the production of meals to a high standard while ensuring the smooth operation of the café both of which are enabled by volunteers with varying levels of experience and ability. The Food Project Chef/Cook will work closely with Signpost International’s Food & Health Development Officer in planning our food-centred activities, which in time will extend to an educational programme which you are welcome to contribute to. The ideal candidate will have experience in the catering sector, aspects of café management, and project coordination. The person should be a highly motivated individual with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Applications, comprising a CV and cover letter detailing your skills and experiences – with specific reference to the role requirements contained in the job description and person specification – should be sent by 5pm Friday 20th May 2022 to [email protected] or by post to: Caroline Bentley, The Roundhouse, Lothian Crescent, Dundee, DD4 0HU.