Private Dining & Event Head Chef

  • Claridge's
  • Kitchen
  • Banqueting Kitchen
  • Full time

We are seeking an experienced Private Dining & Event Head Chef to join the senior team within the Main Kitchen here at Claridge’s.

The main kitchen is responsible for the preparation and service of food for our luxury event space, catering for around 1000 people per day. Seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce are the hallmarks of our dining menus. Simply delicious, and deliciously simple.

As PD & Event Head Chef, you would be responsible for the supervision, preparation and service of food, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained at all times in keeping with a super luxury hotel.

You will be required to ensure that strict hygiene regulations are adhered to and constantly improved. There is a keen focus on sourcing only the finest ingredients, whether it will be locally or organically grown.
You will therefore ensure the brigade maximise their resources for that day and that fresh stock is routinely ordered for the following day. You will also be required to undertake any other specific tasks assigned to you by the Executive Chef.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • To assist Executive Head Chef in being responsible for the management of all food production to clients within the Hotel.
  • To supervise in the preparation of regular food items, daily specialities and any other special functions (i.e. parties).
  • To control and assist the Executive Head Chef in ordering of food purchases and stock control, ensuring that stock levels are in line with Company requirements.
  • To ensure the communication is open, honest and frank. To maintain the equipment with Technical Services and Back of House in line with Environmental Health and Safety Regulations.
  • To review and appraise line staff up to Sous Chef, so as to ensure that there is Succession Planning and Training Development plans for kitchen staff.
  • Review the daily food costs regularity and take evasive action when necessary.
  • Check all food deliveries for quality, quantity and maintain liaison with the Purchasing Department.
  • Prepare food requisitions in accordance with daily routine, taking into account advance planning, special bookings and staffing levels.
  • To assist Executive Head Chef in investigating and continually improving the menu items that are best suited to the Kitchen operation.
  • To assist Executive Head Chef and in the planning and preparation of menus.
  • To ensure that maximum effort is given to achieve an efficient service whilst maintaining the highest possible standards.

Entry Requirements

  • Experience as a Executive Sous Chef in a fast paced kitchen environment;
  • Luxury hotel experience would be beneficial;
  • Passion for food and quality products and ingredients;
  • Be a team player with good communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a high pressured environment;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Strong customer care skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • A high standard of personal presentation;
  • Confident, professional and welcoming personality;
  • Ability to deal with high profile clients in a professional manner.

Benefits Package

Here at Maybourne, we strive to reward our employees for the incredible work they do every single day. In return for your hard work and dedication we offer you:

Financial Stability

  • Excellent salary package.
  • Family Friendly company policies including enhanced Maternity and Paternity Pay.
  • Holiday allowance increase after 3 and 5 years of service.
  • Travel Season Ticket Loans.
  • Pension Scheme*.

Health and Wellbeing Support

  • Subsidised monthly Podiatrist and Masseuse treatments.
  • Flu vaccination vouchers*.
  • Eye test vouchers and contributions towards glasses*.
  • 24-hour colleague assistance helpline.
  • On and off-site Occupational Health Service.
  • Death in Service salary contribution.
  • Various wellbeing activities focused on mental and physical health.
  • A complimentary state-of-the-art all-day dining staff restaurant serving a range of nutritious meals.

Recognition and Career Development

  • Referral Scheme ‘Introduce a Star’.
  • Instant colleague recognition and award programme with generous prizes.
  • Colleague of the month nominations with generous prizes.
  • Additional paid day off to celebrate your Birthday. 
  • Internal transfer and promotion opportunities.
  • In-house training and development team with a strong focus on career progression and personal growth.
  • Long service awards.

Memorable experiences

  • Preferential room rates per overnight stay for yourself or your family across Maybourne.
  • Hotel Guest Experience Stay* including an overnight stay and wining and dining at our renowned restaurants and bars.   
  • 50% Food and Beverage discount* across Maybourne.
  • Social events (Annual Awards, Summer Maybourne Picnic, Welcome to Work, Annual Colleague Party, Annual Colleague Children's Party, etc.)
  • Wedding and Baby gifts.
  • Retirement functions.

*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits.


In line with the requirements of the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process.

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