Weekday Chef in Creative Workspace

£23,000 - £26,000 yearly
  • London Fields, London, UK
  • Jun 03, 2019
Full-time Kitchen/BoH: Head Chef / Executive Chef / Chef de Cuisine

About us

Second Home is a global workspace and cultural venue, bringing together diverse industries, disciplines and types of social businesses.

"La Despensa" (@ladespensa_io) is a cafe run by Second home, primarily for our members but also opened to the public. Our ethos is around sustainability , bringing the best of what's in season, limiting our environmental impact while being super creative. We have fun , we are a small but close team and our work / life balance is second to none in the hospitality world! 

Role description

We are looking for a dedicated Chef to oversee the BOH management of the operations of Second Home café “La Despensa” . The role will be based in Second Home London Fields. The cafe is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.  

You will be working Monday to Friday. The shifts are 9 hours with breaks whereby possible. You will make your own schedule knowing that you need to be ready for breakfast and lunch service You may be required to work some evening events as part of your role. 

This role entails much more than managing a kitchen - you would also bring your ideas and develop the space together with our team.

Reporting to the FnB Manager,  you will manage the day-to-day operation with passion and integrity.You will also work hand in hand with our Head Chef at Second Home Spitalfields, creating menus in line with the ethos of La Despensa.

You will need to take ownership and will be someone who sets high standards and leads by example.


Your responsibilities will include menu planning, budget control, ordering ingredients, stock takes, analysis of weekly figures and costs. The responsibilities of the role are also what you want to shape it into.


You must have an interest in sustainability :  sourcing quality and seasonal ingredients, limiting environmental impact, developing kitchen processes that keep waste to a minimum and finding new and interesting ways to deal with food waste and reduce packaging.


You must have great organizational skills, be comfortable in maintaining the highest of standards in all aspects of the cafe operations (FOH and BOH) .

You need to  be computer literate to be able to deal with ordering, stock take and reporting, however full training will be provided.

You will be in charge of kitchen processes and due diligence paperwork , keeping accurate records in order to comply and exceed with Food Safety and Hygiene, health & safety legislation and guidelines.


You will have experience as a Chef in a café or restaurant. It is also beneficial that candidates have a minimum level 2 Food Hygiene. Experience with new café openings with be desirable.


If you have what we are looking for, then we want to hear from you!





  • Plan seasonal changing menus in collaboration with the FnB manager and Head Chef in line with each site constraints and kitchen equipment.
  • Be the main point of contact with all suppliers, ordering all food ingredients and consumables within a set budget.
  • Keep up with trends in cooking, be open to members feedback and amend the menu accordingly.
  • Works quickly and methodically during busy periods.
  • Order, manage stock and carry an accurate weekly stock take on all food items, keeping waste to an absolute minimum.
  • Work hand in hand with the FOH team, especially the Cafe Manager to ensure that the cafe is runned smoothly. Meetings with the Head Chef, the cafe manager and the FnB manager will take place weekly.
  • Ensure strict health and safety compliance across the bar and kitchen areas; develop a due diligence system specifically tailored for the cafe operation; that includes cooking and cooling processes, kitchen recipes, labelling, organising deep cleans and cleaning checklists, report any defectuous equipment.
  • Work closely with the FnB Manager to train and manage staff for the cafe and ensure appropriate cover for holidays and sickness.
  • Work alongside the Cafe manager to coordinate catering for studios and meeting rooms, as well as one off events.


Financial performance

  • Ensure that all invoices and orders are reconciled
  • Work alongside the FnB manager to keep track of weekly budget, costs and stock.
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers, ensuring best quality for the best price.


Ideal candidate


  • Organised, creative and diligent
  • Excellent understanding of the commercial activities of a small cafe/bar
  • Experience working in a small cafe - create and produce food and menus within budgets
  • Must hold Level 2 / 3 Food hygiene certificate
  • Must be computer literate and keen to be trained on how to carry reporting via the POS system and Microsoft Excel.
  • Must be able to work independently and create own schedule of work throughout the day and the week.


Perks, incentives or benefits offered

Training and Development

  • If required, Level 2 / 3 Food hygiene training will be provided.
  • Second Home is a fast growing company, there is scope for development and a objectives will be set to ensure your progression.
  • Ad-hoc training can be provided as part of your development plan.

Second Home Staff Benefits

  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Annual discretionary bonus potential (dependent on eligibility)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Study Support Eligibility
  • Free weekly wellbeing classes (yoga)
  • Free weekly meditation classes
  • Free weekly talks and cultural events
  • Free organic teas and coffees
  • Free access to company showers
  • Local neighbourhood deals

Preferred starting date

Jun 10, 2019