Head Chef (Maternity Cover)


Our client is seeking a skilled and adaptable Head Chef (Maternity Cover) to lead their culinary team at a boutique hotel nestled on the picturesque Isle of Islay.

This temporary position offers a fantastic opportunity for a seasoned chef to showcase their talent in crafting delectable dishes using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The estate boasts high-quality grass-fed beef and lamb, an abundance of wild game, and a thriving kitchen garden. Islay’s rich coastal waters yield an array of seafood delicacies, including lobster, crab, langoustines, oysters, and scallops.

This role entails overseeing a dynamic field-to-fork operation, allowing the successful candidate to unleash their creativity with premium produce.

Start date: immediate.

Job duties

Responsibilities of the Head Chef (Maternity Cover) in Islay include:

  • Leading the kitchen team in preparing, cooking, and presenting exceptional dishes
  • Collaborating with the Sous Chef to curate menus, develop recipes, and innovate dishes
  • Managing the preparation of meat, fish, and other ingredients
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations
  • Maintaining high standards of food hygiene
  • Supervising and mentoring junior kitchen staff
  • Monitoring portion sizes and minimising waste
  • Maintaining kitchen cleanliness and food safety standards

Candidates must have:

  • Minimum 1 year of relevant experience in a Head Chef or Senior Sous Chef role
  • Proficiency in manual handling techniques
  • Familiarity with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and chemical safety protocols
  • Experience with kitchen equipment and utensils, including knives
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills in English
  • A valid driver’s licence
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a kitchen section
  • Capacity to work independently and oversee junior staff
  • Consistent track record of delivering high-quality cuisine across all sections
  • Strong communication and team management skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Numerical proficiency
  • Passion for personal and team development
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas and processes
  • Friendly demeanor and positive attitudeDesirable qualifications include:
  • Level 2 Health and Safety in the Workplace Award
  • Level 3 Food Safety Awards


Separate accommodation is provided – £50 per week payable toward electricity and council tax.

Other benefits:

  • Complimentary firewood sourced from the estate
  • Access to estate-produced beef, lamb, and venison
  • Staff gatherings and events throughout the year
  • 20% discount at the hotel


Full-time position (Maternity Cover).


Isle of Islay.


Up to £35,000, depending on experience.

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CP621 Head Chef (Maternity Cover) in Isle of Islay.

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Head Chef (Maternity Cover)