Head Chef

Salary: Very good salary (negotiable but c.£38k) and exceptional benefits.

37hrs per week Nov - Mar, 44hrs per week April - Oct

Permanent, full time

Our exceptional Head Chef, Gerald van der Walt, is sadly leaving us after a great 4 years, having launched and developed a fabulous reputation for The Gaddum Restaurant, and transformed our wider and hugely busy catering offer across Brockhole.

Following a record summer season, Gerald is now ready to pass the baton to someone who really wants to make their mark in the Lake District, with a fantastic opportunity to grow and diversify the exciting food offer on this beautiful site.

Do you want to:

  • Work at one of the most exciting venues in the Lake District, at the heart of a World Heritage site, but still have almost every evening off. Apart from private events we currently stop our hot food offer at 5pm, but there is the opportunity to develop an evening offer with the right team in place if you want to take a lead in that ambition in the future.
  • Lead the creative input into menus – from fabulous lunches, to street food, to great Afternoon Teas – putting your own stamp on our offer.
  • Never get bored working across a huge range of outlets – from an award nominated restaurant, to a very popular café, to a great BBQ and outdoor kitchen cooking.
  • Get excited about producing food for a very wide variety of clientele from all over the world.
  • Not work from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day or New Year’s Day (a rarity for a chef!)
  • Work with a fantastic existing chef team, and then recruit and shape a larger kitchen team to match the needs of the site.
  • Develop new ideas to grow the business across the site.
  • Have the security of working for the Lake District National Park and enjoy all of the employment benefits entailed – really good rates of pay, very generous pension contributions and a friendly working environment.
  • Work very hard in the peak season, but enjoy shorter, quieter, days in the winter months.
  • Work right on the shores of Windermere with some of the best views in the world – and even go kayaking after work

If the answer is “Yes!” then please get in touch. It might be the best call you’ve ever made.

The Gaddum Restaurant opened its doors in April 2018 and has quickly established itself as one of the most beautiful settings for lunch and afternoon teas in the Lake District. Our reputation for fantastic food and spectacular Afternoon Teas has more than matched the setting. The Gaddum caters for visitors looking for a more relaxed and refined offer and has a growing regular clientele as well as many new guests.

The Gaddum is sited in Brockhole House, a great Arts and Crafts house set in 30 acres of stunning Thomas Mawson designed listed gardens on the shores of Lake Windermere. The house and site are also home to multiple cafés, a shop, an art gallery, meeting rooms and many visitor attraction activities.

The main Brockhole café is very busy and popular with families, looking for great food prepared with skill, and served quickly so they can get back out into the grounds and activities. Fresh, fast, fantastic food, served well is what the café aims to deliver consistently and daily. We need a Head Chef who can calmly manage high demand over a short period of time, without compromising on quality.

Brockhole has 2 other café outlets serving grab and go hot and cold food, plus a great BBQ and Outdoor Kitchen offer during weekends and the busy holiday periods. We are also host to a number of events/festivals which give great opportunities for exploring catering for big and busy audiences.

We are looking to increase the food offer out in the grounds and there are many opportunities for a great Head Chef to lead or have an input into these plans.

With the Lake District now a designated World Heritage Site, this is a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to the main visitor centre for the Lake District, currently visited by over 300,000 people per year.

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How to apply

Apply for this position on our online recruitment site

Equality of opportunity

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are under-represented at the LDNPA, particularly at senior level. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for all competencies on the person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.