Chef recruitment agency list including sous chef, pastry chef & cook

Chef recruiters will place candidates such as head chefs, sous chefs, pastry chefs and cooks into kitchen vacancies within the catering industry. A top catering recruiter will work with establishments such as restaurants, pubs and hotels to fill cook openings on a permanent, temporary or seasonal basis.

The role of a chef is to work as part of a team to prepare food for customers; with candidates often being responsible for a particular food station such as fish, pastry, desserts etc. Duties will vary depending on the role within the kitchen, however general tasks may include cooking and presenting dishes, maintaining food hygiene standards and monitoring stock control. A head chef is accountable for the whole kitchen and will be expected to manage an entire team of kitchen staff. Recruitment agencies will need to supply candidates who are flexible and willing to work unsociable hours as shifts can be long and include weekend and evening work.

Candidates will commonly enter a position via an entry level role such as commis chef, before gaining experience within the various areas of the kitchen. Academic qualifications aren't necessary for the role, however employers will favour applicants with an educational background in catering or cookery. More specialist roles such as that of a pastry chef, may require specific training and job relevant credentials such as a Certificate in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery.

Salaries for chef jobs can vary but a trainee will usually command starting earnings of around £12K per annum. This will rise as candidates progress through the kitchen with a chef de partie earning an average of £16K and a sous chef receiving £22K. Head chefs are typically the highest paid professionals at £30K, while executive professionals can potentially command £50K+.

Although catering recruitment agencies will commonly recruit chefs and cooks for permanent jobs, there is also a high demand to fill seasonal and temporary roles. These may be supplied to local or UK wide clients depending on the agency.

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  • Based in the North West and supplying culinary staff across the UK, Catermatch Solutions are specialist recruiters for the Catering industry. We reference check, interview and assess the skills of candidates across all roles in the sector, covering areas including Kitchen, Restaurant, Front Office and Management. From Michelin star establishments to wedding settings, we offer an efficient recruitment service with 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
    Coverage UK wide
    • 40 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DE
  • Are you looking to take on Catering staff on a one-day, contract or permanent basis? Let Positive People find the perfect candidate(s). With the ability to supply all professionals within the Catering & Hospitality sector, we are the ideal staffing associates for Hotels, Restaurants and Caterers across Yorkshire and the North East. Front of House? Managers? Chefs? Waiting staff? Positive People are on hand to fill all vacancy types.
    Coverage Yorkshire, Lancashire
    • 12 Digpal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 7GE
  • The Director of Athena Recruiting Services Ltd and her resourcer supplies all clients with Commis Chefs, CDP's, Sous chefs, Head Chefs, and all waiting and front of house staff on a permanent and ad hoc basis for hotels, public houses, wedding events and functions. Please refer to our website for current testimonials from our existing clients
    Coverage East Anglia, Home Counties
    • Office Suite 72, Weston Business Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JX
  • Recruiter tip provided by Catermatch Solutions

    Chefs you must always look the part, from the start of the shift to the end of the day. Your professional and hygienic appearance and work practices demonstrate how you produce and present your culinary skills and enhance your customers' perception and appreciation.

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  • Ellis Mack are specialists within the Hospitality and Retail sectors, providing permanent and interim contract Operational Management, Chef and Head Office/Support recruitment solutions. A skilled consultant team with practical experience within the sectors for which they recruit. Competitive fees & market leading rebates. High placement success rates and low attrition ratios providing peace of mind and value for money for our clients.
    Coverage UK wide
    • The Centrum Building, 38 Queen Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G1 3DX
  • Berry Recruitment has a devoted catering division with the resources and experience to serve hotels, restaurants, pubs, and large events / venues with high quality kitchen staff. From entry-level assistants to head chef and manager vacancies, Berry has a proud reputation for delivering successful solutions for all kitchen positions nationwide. We conduct appropriate skill / food hygiene tests and ensure that all kitchen staff are qualified.
    Coverage UK wide
    17 Offices Nationwide
  • Enterprise Employment specialise in the supply of both a Temporary and Permanent workforce to the Industrial, Environmental, Commercial and Catering Sectors providing a fully comprehensive staffing solution with the most competitive price plans in the industry.
    Coverage Surrey
    • 54 High Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT147QL
  • Jobseeker tip provided by Catermatch Solutions

    The successful working kitchen is a very difficult and demanding environment. To operate effectively and to overcome the daily challenges you must be alert, organised and committed. The preparation, service and operation of the establishment is hard, hot and relentless, but with exceptional talent, team work, diversity and strength, the main goal of customer satisfaction is achieved.

  • Established in 1994 Contract Options specialises in temporary and permanent staffing solutions for both front and back of house. Our consultants are seasoned industry professionals who understand the diverse nature of catering. Candidates are skills & knowledge tested upon registration interviewed & referenced. Temporary staff can be supplied at competitive hourly rates, permanent positions can be placed via a fixed fee or temp-to perm solution.
    Coverage UK wide
    • 2nd Floor, 12/14 Devonshire Row, London, Greater London, EC2M 4RH
  • CMD Recruitment is a highly successful professional agency offering clients the full recruitment solution. We offer a bespoke service delivered by a team of experienced consultants who are always happy to help and always deliver. With offices based in Devizes and Calne we recruit across the South West.
    Coverage South West
    • 4 Lancaster House\r\nLancaster Park\r\nBowerhill, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6TT
    • Unit 5 Fourbrooks Business Park, Maundrell Road, Porte Marsh Industrial Estate, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9PP
    • 13 Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1HT
  • The Best Connection specialises in the supply of flexible workforce solutions to the industrial, warehouse, distribution & logistics, retail, and food sectors. If you are a candidate seeking employment, or a client looking for staff, please feel free to call one of our consultants who will help find the perfect match.
    Coverage South East and West Sussex
    • 157a Montague Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN113BZ
  • Jobseeker tip provided by Catermatch Solutions

    During an interview and probably a work trial scenario, be positive, presentable and alert. Try to get involved as much as possible and take on responsibility - to deal with requests, solve problems and assist in working operations. Prove that you have the skills and experience and the industry knowledge to perform the task and to be able to handle the job. Perform, cook and present to the best of your ability and don't shy away from the team.

  • With the wealth of our experience we meet and exceed the expectations of our client by supplying the right candidate and we do this by understanding our client`s recruitment needs. We cover a wide variety of services in various sectors these includes Hospitality, Cleaning staff, Warehouse Staff, Care assistant, office & admin staff, sale staff to satisfy our client`s demand. We supply permanent and temporary staffs.
    Coverage Nationwide
    • Park Lane House, 47 Broad Street., Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G40 2QW
  • AJW Recruitment is an independent privately owned recruitment agency with a fresh and honest approach to recruitment. Getting to know both clients and candidates and what each person is looking for so I can successfully place people in the right jobs to give full job satisfaction and get the client the staff.
    Coverage Wiltshire/Berkshire/Hampshire
    • 42R High Street, York Lodge, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HQ
  • Tennyson Recruitment is one of the UK's rapidly growing recruitment agencies. We go above and beyond all other agencies to find our clients core recruitment needs and will endeavour to deliver a service of excellence at all times. We are very competitive on prices and have a wide range of staff in our Catering and Hospitality division and all staff are fully trained with food hygiene and silver service.
    Coverage UK
    • 535 Liverpool Road, Irlam, Manchester, England, M44 6ZS
  • Welcome to Top Job we have been around for a while now and we think we have got a fair idea of what it takes to get Essex and Suffolk working. We offer a Professional and personal service to both our candidates and clients whilst at all times maintaining a high quality service, incorporating honesty and integrity in all we do.
    Coverage Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk
    • 10 Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
  • Upex Employment are specialists in the supply of both a Temporary and Permanent workforce to the Industrial, Environmental, Commercial and Catering Sectors, providing a fully comprehensive staffing solution with the most competitive price plans in the industry. Supporting small, medium and large businesses across the UK, the Upex team are sure have the right support for you.
    Coverage UK wide
    • Rivermead Close, Surrey, Addlestone, KT15 2DR
  • Quality Link Recruitment is a specialist division of Brightwork that is dedicated to bringing the very best in Hospitality to Bars, Restaurants and Events Teams across Scotland. We appreciate the industry's reputation for high staff turnover and that's why we deliver personnel for ad-hoc, seasonal or permanent positions. Chefs? Pub Managers? Waiting staff? We can source and deploy employees for any role.
    Coverage Scotland
    • 209/211 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 5QY
    • 20 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH3 7BD
  • At Highbury Recruitment we believe in building personal and long standing relationships with both clients and candidates alike. Specialising in Industrial, Engineering, Scientific, Construction and Hospitality sectors, Permanent and Temporary recruitment, Highbury Recruitment has an extensive network of contacts. This makes us the only place you need to go for your recruitment requirements. Our ethos is simple: 'A personal approach to personnel'
    Coverage East Anglia
    • Highbury Recruitment, Suite One, The Royal, 25 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SF
  • Looking for staff to join your business in the Food Industry? If the answer's yes, then you might be wondering how you can find quality people. In truth, there's no real secret. It all comes down to hard work and a healthy portion of intuition - the type of thing that only comes with lots of experience. At Connect Appointments, we've got masses of that - and we exist to go the extra mile for our clients. Try us and you won't be disappointed.
    Coverage Scotland
    • 19 Shairps Business Park, Houston Road, Houston Industrial Estate, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 5FD
    • 200 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 4HG
  • Whether a client or a candidate, we aim to exceed your expectations, delivering a fast, effective and honest service. Our passion and commitment is backed by an experienced team of consultants who have a wealth of industry knowledge.
    Coverage UK wide
    24 Offices Nationwide
  • Richards Events Catering division have in excess of 30 experience providing Catering and Hospitality staff from Waiting, Bar and Wine Waiters to Front of House reception, Chefs and KPs to some of the most prestigious events and Hotels in the UK. Our hand picked team members are customer focussed, professional, smart and well presented and keen to ensure that your clientele leave your event or venue with fond memories.
    Coverage UK WIDE
    • 86 Lower Ashley Road, Hampshire, New Milton, BH25 5QG
    • Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 6AA
    • Kedleston Rise, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9TX

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