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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  • Catermatch Solutions

    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
  • Berry Recruitment - Catering & Hospitality Division

    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
  • Off To Work - Catering & Events Recruitment

    Off to Work offers only the highest quality casual and permanent staff, training and consultancy to the Hospitality & Events industry. We are industry leading to high acclaim from our reputable clients and legion of professional staff. We look forward to making your event a success!
    Coverage UK & Worldwide
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    • 31-33 Guildhall Buildings, 12 Navigation Streetrn, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4BT
    • Lvl 1 36-37 Kings House, King ST, London, Bank, EC2V 8BB
    • Suite 38, 1 St Colme St, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH3 6AA
    • Castle Court, Lower Ground 02, 6 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan, CF11 9LJ
  • 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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  • Contract Options Catering Division

    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
  • Ellis Mack Catering, Hospitality & Retail Specialists

    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
  • QS Recruitment Ltd

    QS recruitment have been providing a high quality recruitment service to the East Midlands area for the past twenty years - and during that time, we have gained invaluable insight into how candidates and clients can be matched effectively. We pride ourselves on delivering an honest service, and always tailor our solutions to the particular needs of the people and companies that use us.
    Coverage Throughout the East Midlands
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    • Curzon House, Curzon Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2DH
    • Head Office, Recruitment House, 523 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 5NJ
    • Office 7, The Turbine Business Innovation Centre, Coach Close, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 8AP
    • Room 19, Hillcroft House, Hillcroft Business Park, Whisby Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 3QT
    • Room 9, The College Business Centre, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 3WZ
  • 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.

  • Richards Events & Recruitment Services Limited

    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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