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Cook Manager

St Nicolas Junior School

Newbury, West Berkshire

Job ID


Hours per week

25 hours

Hours of work

School hours

Type of Job

Perm (Term time only)


£9.50 per hour / Circa £10k per annum

Published By

Steve Barwick-Biggs

Published Date

Closing date

Anticipated start date

About the job

We are excited to recruit a Cook into our ranks at St Nicolas Junior School. The role is perfect for you if you are looking for a term time only role that allows you to spend your time at home during the school holidays. We are looking for someone who has a passion for food – turning ‘school food’ on its head by delivering nutritious, healthy food to pupils, and bringing some fun to lunch time.

You must be able, and willing to manage the 360-degree kitchen. This means you are a chef, a leader, a cleaner, a KP, and a H&S manager. It’s up to you to prep like a boss, manage your time and get everything done. This is a flagship school and a great opportunity to make a real difference.

You’ll be joining a small company and have high input from our Culinary Director and Managing Director. You are supported by a FAB General Assistant.

During COVID-19, things are a little bit different, but please be assured we have plans in place to make sure we have as many as people eating as possible whilst ensuring they remain safe.


• 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 1 years
• Understanding of Food Hygiene and Safety or above
• Successful progressive background in contract catering (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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