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
  • Prosper Hospitality specialises in Hotels, Hospitality and Catering Recruitment in East Anglia. Our staff are fully trained by the REC and come with 18 years of experience in the field. We can offer both temporary and permanent solutions to recruitment and employment options.
    Coverage East Anglia
    • 34-40 Prosper House, King Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1PD
    • The Barn, C/O Jimmy's Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AP
  • We at Excite Recruitment are experts in recruitment for the 'Hospitality, Service & Leisure' industries. We are a very dedicated team offering extraordinary vacancies, which can span from around the corner to around the globe. We look forward to working alongside you with exciting opportunities. Thanks.
    Coverage UK National & International Recruitment
    • Ground Floor Unit 6, Woodlands Business Village, Coronation Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4JX
  • 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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  • As an established recruitment specialist, we're the chosen recruitment partner for many of the UK's leading retail, hospitality, contract catering and facilities management companies. Detail2Group can help you make the right choice when it comes to furthering your career. We are passionate about delivering fantastic service, giving quality job advice and support. We are committed to matching the right candidates with the right vacancies..
    Coverage Nationwide
    • 4th Floor Hanover House, Charlotte Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4FD
    • 26 York Street, London, Greater London, W1U 6PZ
    • Hudson House, 8 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QB
  • 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
    13 Offices Nationwide
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Contract Options specialises in a majority of the Catering industry and our consultants have had hands on experience, gaining a management level industry knowledge. The candidates we will shortlist for your business will all be pre-screened in face to face interviews before being fully referenced. The roles we can help you fill include Brasserie Manager, Bar Staff and Events Coordinator, however our roles span the whole Catering sector.
    Coverage UK wide
    • 2nd Floor, 12/14 Devonshire Row, London, Greater London, EC2M 4RH
  • QuickTemp is a 24 Hour recruitment agency based in Surrey providing temporary & permanent recruitment solutions across the whole of the UK. We cover 4 key sectors - Driving & Industrial, Education, Healthcare and Office. QuickTemp understands how difficult it is to find good people for your business. Recruiting is a high pressure task that we can help you with, we aim to provide a seamless and professional service.
    Coverage Nationwide
    • NWS House, 1 High Street, Purley, Surrey, CR8 2AF
  • 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
  • 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.


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Chef Salary Rates
Low Pay:£15,000
Medium Pay:£19,500
High Pay:£28,000
6 Month Change:Down 1.6%
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Scotland
£21k
North East
£19k
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£18.9k
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£19.6k
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£20k
London
£25k
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£21k
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£21k
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