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We are recruiting: Can Cook Chef Role31st Jul

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We are looking for a passionate, ambitious, talented and confident chef who wants to join our team and to use their skills to help us take Can Cook on to another level of delivery.

Can Cook’s mission is ‘to connect everyone through food’.  To do this we have a range of innovative/dynamic cookery and food businesses. Can Cook have trained over 12000 people in cookery – at our cookery studio and via our ‘pop up’ work across Liverpool. We are well positioned in Merseyside and are now ready to grow. In 2013, we will create a range of new food businesses and expect to become a market leader in producing and selling great street food.

Social Mission:

Our focus is first and foremost shaped by our social mission.  Working with community organisations, agencies, schools, food and health related organisations – to produce good food and teach cookery skills. 60% of adults no longer cook and 200,000 in Liverpool alone are no longer eating a home cooked meal every night.  We are passionate about creating a movement that changes this.

Following the cuts and rising food prices our social mission over the last two years focuses directly on campaigning against food poverty and creating city wide strategies and innovative models to solve this.  The new Chef will join the team at the point where this is very much under development.  We are currently looking at creating a model unique to the UK that will get fresh food into the Food aid system and creates food hubs in communities to provide food aid, train people in cookery and ensure their access to fresh, quality but affordable food provision.

As a new Chef you will join the team at a very exciting time – it is going to be busy.

Job Summary:

Our aim is simple – to build a successful social enterprise that is dedicated to producing good food.   We have a number of unique training and food environments.

The post holder may be required to work within any of these environments:

  1. The Can Cook Studio – A 20 place professional cook school (currently situated in the Matchworks Business Park) equipped with Chef demonstration area, cookery stations and a dining room. Our Studio cookery training includes corporate and private sector customers offering cookery experiences, team building and bespoke customer entertaining.  We still run some weekend courses in Can Cook Studio teaching individual customers from both Merseyside and other regions, who will pay to receive specialist cookery and food tuition.
  2. The Can Cook Pop Up Studio – A Cookery training Studio that ‘pops up’ in marquees in outside spaces, in city centre shops, workplaces and community settings to teach all ages to cook.
  3. Food Hubs Can Cook campaigns to solve food poverty.  Over the last two years we have ran a series of three conference for 150 Merseyside organisations to look at creating solutions to food poverty.  Working with key organisations we have designed a Food Hub model to bring healthier food into the food aid system – working in deprived communities the three hubs will also build community capacity and help communities find their own routes out.  The Hubs will include our recently designed Food We Need healthier food aid package as part of a community shop offer, a cookery studio to teach people to cook, a community dining room and bake house.  Centred around food the hubs will focus on bringing good food to the centre of the community, offering choice and building skills and the ability to manage on a budget.
  4. Kitchen Share – A commercial kitchen environment for small food businesses to hire out kitchen space, equipment and be part of a growing food business network. In 2014 we launch a business incubator that will initially recruit 10 small food businesses and get them ready to trade providing them with training from Chefs, business planning, marketing and health.
  5. Can Cook in Care Homes – Can Cook hold contracts in Middleton Court and Mariner’s Wharf (launching in February in Wallasey) to design, implement and deliver new healthier menus in dining and restaurant facilities.
  6. Cooked – In Jan/ Feb 2014 we piloted a meal on wheels scheme for elderly in their homes and nurseries in partnership with the city council.  This will involve a fresh menu of main courses and desserts for the elderly and a healthier lunch menu for nurseries.
  7. Street Food – We launched our first truck in 2014.  This will be run by 4 young people initially supervised by a Chef.  These young people will be the first to complete a Food and Enterprise diploma that we have helped develop.  Later in the year we will launch further trucks and kiosks across Liverpool City Centre. The Chefs involved will train staff in food and cookery and develop and run a central production kitchen in the City Centre.

The Chef’s part:

The Chef will have the opportunity to work in all aspects of the business.

In the initial stages one of the primary roles will be to take a lead on our street food truck and developing our street food offer. This will involve menu development, preparing meals, training a team of young people and co-ordinating staff.

The Chef will also work closely with our Head Chef right across the business in our care homes and delivering cookery training for all ages.  As the role develops the Chef will have the opportunity to lead on different projects and aspects of the Can Cook businesses.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in – email your CV across to who will also send over the full job description…

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