Head Pastry Chef - Covent Garden - New Opening

£32,000 - £40,000 yearly
  • The Cheese Bar
  • Covent Garden, London, UK
  • Jun 03, 2019
Full-time Kitchen/BoH: Pastry Chef

About us

Mathew started The Cheese Truck in early 2014 to celebrate and promote all that is great about British cheese.

From humble beginnings at Maltby Street Market, to becoming a regular fixture on the UK festival circuit, we made a name for ourselves serving some of Britain’s best grilled cheese sandwiches from our iconic classic Bedford vans: Archie, Alfie & Audrey.

We’ve conquered the fields of Glastonbury, starred in Hollywood Movies and travelled as far as Istanbul and Dubai, selling half a million sandwiches & amassing a passionate following on our mission to rejuvenate British cheese.

In 2016, we decided it was time to make the jump to bricks and mortar. We reached our crowdfunding target in less than a week, and opened our flagship Camden restaurant the following year.

Camden has been our biggest challenge yet. We haven’t always got things right, but our small, dedicated team have managed to keep the doors open, seven days a week, for the past two years.

Our aim is to share our food with as many people as possible, whilst informally educating our customers on how great British produce can be.

The price of our dishes fairly reflect the quality of their ingredients, as well as the time and energy it’s taken to get them to your plate. That being said, we’ll always keep our food affordable and accessible.

We want everyone to embrace it, and be part of our British cheese revolution!

Role description

The Cheese Bar will be opening its second site in Covent Garden this August. The concept will be very different to our offering in Camden, with a focus will be on cheese plates and wine, pairing British cheeses with unique chef led pairings. Think Coolea with hazelnut brittle, Beauvale with a sticky pear jam etc. 

We're looking for a dynamic and creative Pastry Chef to head up this site, working with our team to come up with creative, interesting and exciting pairings to our best of British Cheese. We'll also be offering desserts made in house and featuring the same great cheeses.  

A similar concept to this would be Casellula in New York, opened and run by 2 very well-known American Chefs: https://www.casellulahk.com/

Ideally the candidate will be be very creative and come up with interesting and unique parings; with an excellent palate, creating both sweet and a savoury dishes with cheese and wine. Due to this, someone from a pastry background would be best suited.

Working alongside our in-house cheesemongers, who will be able to support the kitchen, this role will be largely Monday to Friday and day time hours, with the cheesemongers being trained to plate up and serve outside of core hours.

Responsibilities

Menu development for new site.

Management and implementation of costings, recipes and suppliers. 

Recruiting and motivating a team.

Running service and training kitchen team on dishes. 

 

Ideal candidate

A strong knowledge of flavours and palate, with previous experience working as a pastry chef in a good calibre of restaurant.

Understanding of London restaurant scene, seasonality and British produce. 

Creative, driven and passionate with the ability to manage and motivate a team. 

An awareness of British Cheese with an interest to learn and develop a deeper understanding of it. 

Excellent work ethic, organisation and communication skills. 

Friendly, approachable and humble. 

Perks, incentives or benefits offered

We offer the opportunity to develop in a fast growing and fun independent business.

Industry standard cheese training through the Academy of Cheese.

Producer visits and tours, including making cheese with some of the UK's best cheesemakers.

Monthly British cheese box.

Free meals on shift.

Discount at our restaurants and food trucks.

Specific training offered or provided for this role, if any.

Academy of Cheese, Level 1 and 2

Preferred starting date

Jul 01, 2019