Commis Chef

£21,000 - £23,500 yearly
  • Petersham Nurseries Ltd
  • Richmond-upon-Thames, Richmond, UK
  • Jun 27, 2019
Full-time Kitchen/BoH: Commis Chef /Junior Chef

About us

Petersham Nurseries' flagship destination in Richmond sits beyond the walls of the owners home and garden in the leafly suburbs of west London. Horticulture is at the very root of the business, which started as a plant nursery, yet today is so much more. Our ethos and philosophy is drawn from nature with a respect for the environment and the Slow Food philosophy – good, clean and fair. Petersham Nurseries Richmond is a lifestyle destination that includes an internationally renowned glasshouse restaurant, a plant nursery, a homewares shop that sells antiques and gifts and a teahouse serving wholesome food and homemade cakes. 

A charmingly casual yet sophisticated restaurant, Petersham Nurseries Café is set within a glasshouse brimming with bougainvillea and jasmine. Our menus are all about celebrating seasonality.  We take the very best ingredients, treat them with respect and serve them simply to let their flavour shine.  Much of our produce is grown on our own farm in Devon or within our onsite kitchen and vegetable gardens where we have our very own chickens and bee hives.  Open only for lunch (Tuesday – Sunday) with a handful of candlelit supper clubs throughout the year the restaurant serves Italian inspired food.

Role description

We care for our people as much as we do our ingredients and are looking to hear from you if you are a Chef de Partie, Commis or Pastry Chef with a passion for ingredients.  Get in touch if you would like to know more about this opportunity to work in a beautiful unique setting as part of our Petersham family.


The role will include but not be limited to: 

- Learn set recipes and ensure all menu items are made to specification meeting a consistent high standard of quality and presentation.

- Gaining an understanding Petersham Nurseries philosophy by learning and demonstrating thorough knowledge of food and ingredients.

- Be part of and engender a kitchen environment that is creative, nurturing and positive, that promotes learning and a passion for food and produce.

- Effectively communicate with other members of the kitchen staff taking on board regular feedback and instruction.

- Develop your culinary skills through growing your knowledge of food and ingredients

- Ensure that Health & Safety and Food Safety standards are adhered to and recommendations from Food Safety Audits carried out.

- Assist with ensuring all administration for the kitchen is completed according to all deadlines such as food hygiene records, stocktakes, wastage sheets and cleanliness records.

Ideal candidate

Keen to work as part of a small kitchen team, who are keenly passionate about cooking seasonally and working in a beautiful environment. Loves using produce grown in our onsite kitchen gardens and farm - with a thirst for knowledge and personal development as a chef. 

Perks, incentives or benefits offered

Predominately lunchtime restaurant with day time shifts, working above ground surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Education/training/certification funding or reimbursement.

Employer pension contributions.

Staff days out.

Employee discounts across business.

Company bike scheme, travel loan scheme.

Staff social events – wine club, cooking training, guest chefs, boot camp, yoga.