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Lilac Lodge & Lavender Cottage, Lowestoft, Suffolk

£14 per hour
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About the company

Kingsley Healthcare isn't just a care home group, we are a family where 2,000+ passionate individuals are changing lives every day. We have just been ranked – for the eighth year running! - among the top 20 large UK care home groups ( for our exceptional care, and proudly support 1,500+ residents in their journey.

But that's not all. We're ranked #1 in the UK for work wellbeing (Indeed's Better Work Awards 2023) because we believe in taking care of our own. We are proud of our sector-leading 4.7 Glassdoor rating and are a Real Living Wage employer, ensuring you're valued and rewarded for your dedication.

Ready to join a team that puts people first, both residents and colleagues? We're seeking passionate individuals to join our growing family. Explore our current opportunities and make a difference where you matter!

About the role

As a Chef, you will be responsible for the planning and provision of daily nutritious meals for all our residents while ensuring the food you purchase is fresh and within budget. In addition, you will ensure all health and safety and environmental standards are achieved and maintained. You must be a team player who will inspire and motivate your team.

Reports to: Home Manager

Skills and attributes

• Proven experience as a Chef, preferably in a healthcare or hospitality setting.
• Excellent cooking skills and knowledge of various cooking techniques.
• Knowledge of nutrition and the ability to develop menus that meet dietary requirements.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to manage time effectively and work efficiently under pressure.
• Knowledge of health and safety regulations and procedures.
• Ability to train and supervise kitchen staff.
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.

Education and qualification

  • Food Hygiene Certified – Level 2 – willing to work towards Intermediate Food Hygiene qualifications.
  • First Aid Certified.
  • NVQ Level 2/3 in Food Preparation/Catering.


What will you gain?

You will have the satisfaction of working with, and being supported by, an enthusiastic and caring team that puts people at the heart of the business. We know the happiness of our staff improves the service we give our residents. You will have plenty of opportunities to learn and develop your skills, and we have the procedures and processes to help you at every step.


  • Comprehensive induction and training programme.

  • Opportunities for career development and progression.

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Blue Light Card Scheme. We’ll reimburse the enrolment fee of this fantastic scheme that offers discounts on holidays, days out and over 15,000 national brands.

  • We’ll pay for your full DBS disclosure

  • Your uniform will be provided – this is another cost that we think it’s essential that we cover for you.

  • Enhanced rates of pay for bank holidays 

  • Paid breaks – we think it’s essential that all staff can take breaks without fear of losing money, so we pay for you to have a break during working hours.

Some of the accreditations and awards we’re really proud of:

  • We are a Living Wage Employer
  • Regulated by Care Quality Commission
  • chuk 2023 v3
  • Enabling Research in Care Homes
  • Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2019 Winner
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