Full Time: 39 hours per week on a variable shift pattern

Salary: £22,286 per annum (with additional weekend enhancements)

Location: Central Production Kitchen, North Petherton

Somerset Larder is an award-winning company, using locally sourced food to supply catering services and food-to-go options across the southwest.  This is an exciting time to join our business, as we are constantly growing and expanding our reach.

Due to our rapid growth, we have exciting opportunities for Kitchen Assistants to join our Central Production Kitchen, based in North Petherton, Bridgwater.  This kitchen is our main hub of activity, where the thousands of meals we serve across our client sites are prepped and delivered from daily.  From baking hundreds of cupcakes ready to sell in our coffee shops, to batch cooking delicious curries and a whole lot more, it all happens here.  We take pride in our food production, so we guarantee everyone receives professional training and support to ensure our standards of hygiene, quality and presentation are always high, especially when working in such a fast-paced environment.

Key tasks & Responsibilities

You’ll be assisting the Chefs and Chef Supervisors with basic food preparation and production, including our breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings.  We also receive several deliveries a week of frozen goods, cupboard essentials, fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh meat.  Therefore, you’ll be taught how to assist in the receiving and storing of all goods in a safe and hygienic manner to keep our production running smoothly.

Like any kitchen, we also have to keep all our equipment clean and safe for use, so you might spend some time prepping food or receiving deliveries, and then you might rotate over to our pot-wash station, where we use state of the art, industrial-sized dishwashers to keep everything in working order.

As you will be helping to prepare food to be despatched out daily, this role will need a degree of flexibility in shift patterns, with some shifts starting as early as 5.30am and occasional Sundays included.  There is a lot of scope for development in this role, and we will give you the opportunity to progress your career with us.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification (or able to achieve on appointment)
  • Relevant culinary skills gained in a similar environment
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to manage and prioritise your workload
  • A flexible approach to work and a can-do attitude

Rewards and Benefits

We have a whole host of excellent benefits including a generous pension contribution, 30 days’ holiday (including bank holidays), a free lunch and cycle scheme.  We also make your mental health and wellbeing a priority by providing free access to an Employee Assistance Helpline and an Occupational Health service.  Alongside this, we offer flexible shift options, extensive training, and the opportunity to learn new skills, all whilst working in a modern, safe and engaging environment.

How to apply

Good to know:

Successful applicants will be required to provide a three-year employment history and five-year address history in order to work on Hinkley Point C and must be able to evidence their right to work in the UK so that security clearance can be obtained as these roles are based on a nuclear regulated site. 

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