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Executive Chef


Oxford, Oxfordshire

Job ID


Hours per week

50 hours per week

Hours of work

School hours

Type of Job

Perm (Term time only + 3 wks)


£35k per annum

Published By

People Team

Published Date

Closing date

Anticipated start date

About the job

Culinera are super excited to recruit this senior role into our teams at one of our flagship secondary schools in Oxford. We have this fantastic opportunity for an Executive Chef to join us from End October/November.

Our schools are known for Aiming High and Achieving Excellence and this is exactly what Culinera are looking for. A Chef who can lead the kitchen but also collaborate with the wider Culinera Chef Team to create innovate dishes and continually improve, refresh and push the standards until every single student, parent and teacher is buzzing with news of the lunch service.

This role is not only the Chef lead with overall responsibility for the kitchen – but is the senior line manager for our Kitchen Assistants, key client point of contact and oracle of knowledge. We expect the person we recruit to not only be an excellent chef, but also dynamic, commercial, energetic and focused.

You will love working with Culinera if you see straight through the company talk of ‘one family’, knowing that your bosses boss boss doesn’t know your name and never will. At Culinera we strive to be different by being small and perfectly formed. You’ll know us intimately and you’ll have the opportunity to make a splash, create something amazing, develop and grow with our company.


• Educated to 4 GCSE’s or above with City & Guild’s / NVQ qualifications or suitable company in-house training
• Previous experience as a chef, including holding supervisory responsibility for a minimum of 2 years
• Understanding of Food Hygiene and Safety or above
• Successful progressive background in contract catering (preferred)
• Management of medium size kitchen (preferred)


We want you to work WITH us to provide the very best school catering around. We give you access to training opportunities, both mandatory for your role and aspirational. We want everyone we work with to upskill, by undertaking NVQ’s and going to the next level. We are a small, local company, we have zero bureaucracy, are hands on and are100% committed.


  • Competitive rate of pay

  • Flexible holiday - take the school holidays off!

  • Eligible for participation in the Nest Pension Scheme

  • Opportunities for development within our amazing small company

  • EAP with Hospitality Action

  • Lots of reward and recognition opportunities 

About Culinera and safer recruitment

Culinera began life in January 2020 as a small, fresh-focussed caterer determined to disrupt the market and provide an exceptional service to schools. We have started to carve a reputation in the industry for innovation, customer service and skill. We put people, training and technology in the heart of our business to make sure we succeed. We want to recruit people who are committed to our vision of exceptional service, tasty food and customer care. 


Culinera are deeply committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Culinera expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and uphold the highest standards of professional behaviour at all times. We operate a strict safer recruitment policy that aims to ensures we recruit the right people. All successful candidates are required comply with our safer recruitment procedures which include reference checks and an enhanced DBS check.

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