Website Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Salary: £32,000 – £36,000, depending on experience

Gratuities: Up to £230 per month

Accommodation: subsidised accommodation available on site or in local town (when available)

Staff transport: provided free between staff houses and hotel

Hours: 50 per week

Learn from the best.

Be part of a great team.

Work in a stunning location.

We’re looking for a talented Sous Chef to our enthusiastic and talented team.

Being a chef at The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House requires varying degrees of skill and bucket loads of enthusiasm. With three very different kitchens on our beautiful sites – we employ staff with a range of culinary skills and qualifications ranging from creative chefs with Michelin Star experience to our much-needed and hard-working kitchen porters. Every staff member is important in helping to create a smooth and incredible dining experience for our guests.

Sous Chef

  • Assists the Executive Head Chef and Senior Kitchen team in the overall management of kitchen operations, including budgeting, staff scheduling, workflow coordination, and ensuring smooth day-to-day functioning of the kitchen.
  • Oversees food preparation and cooking activities, ensures that dishes are prepared to the highest standards of taste, quality, and presentation. Monitors the cooking process, tastes and adjusts seasonings, and ensures consistency in flavours.
  • is confident in presenting food to guests and has the ability to explain dishes in a clear, confident and professional manner.
  • Ensures that all dishes leaving the kitchen meet the established standards of quality, taste, and presentation. Conducts regular inspections of food items, supervises plating techniques, and addresses any quality or consistency issues promptly.
  • Contributes to menu planning and development by providing creative ideas, new dish concepts and improvements. Collaborates with the Executive Head Chef in designing and implementing menu changes, seasonal offerings, and special promotions.
  • Trains, mentors, and motivates kitchen staff, including chefs, cooks, and kitchen assistants. Provides guidance on culinary techniques, menu items, and best practices to ensure consistent skill development and professional growth.
  • Oversees inventory control, includes ingredient procurement, stock rotation, and minimising waste. Collaborates with suppliers, monitors ingredient quality and maintains accurate records of inventory levels.
  • Ensures compliance with all health and safety regulations, including proper food handling, storage, and sanitation practices. Conducts regular kitchen inspections to maintain a clean, tidy, organised and safe working environment at all times
  • Fosters effective communication and collaboration within the kitchen team and with other departments. Coordinates with other chefs and staff members to ensure seamless operations, efficient service, and guest satisfaction.
  • Assists in monitoring and controlling food costs, portion sizes, and wastage. Implements strategies to optimise ingredient utilisation, minimise expenses, and maximise profitability while maintaining quality standards.
  • Participates in the planning and execution of special events, banquets, and catering functions. Coordinates with the Head Chef to develop customised menus, oversee food preparation and ensures timely service.
  • Is presentable at all times in clean pressed uniform, with long hair tied back. Attention to personal hygiene is also extremely important.

Skills and experience required for the role

  • Culinary qualification or experience in a professional kitchen.
  • Food hygiene qualification is essential.
  • Significant previous experience in a professional kitchen, including experience in a leadership role.
  • Strong culinary skills with expertise in various cooking techniques and cuisines.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills to manage kitchen operations effectively.
  • Leadership abilities to motivate and guide a diverse team of kitchen staff.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality dishes.
  • Strong knowledge of food safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Creative mindset with a passion for innovation and menu development.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends and holidays as per the demands of the establishment.
  • Can act as a First Aid Aider or Fire Warden in the event of an accident or emergency.
  • Physical stamina and dexterity to stand for long periods, lift heavy pots and pans, and perform repetitive tasks.

Other Things you need to know

Gilpin is proud to run a training programme which encourages staff to learn through incremental stages. This in turn then gives the ability to increase wages and benefits as they progress through the Skills Development (SD) levels. Gilpin Academy (as it’s currently known) is a training and development programme which also has the facility to log guest issues as they occur and report maintenance issues to the team so that problems can be resolved quickly and effectively.

ABOUT OUR FOOD
Gilpin has two very different restaurants, led by two very different high-profile chefs who work together, sharing the same vision, commitment, passion and values, built on sustainable sourcing with low to no food miles and supporting local producers.

SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel
Ollie Bridgwater – Executive Chef – One Michelin Star

Ollie has created his own unique Lake District restaurant with sourcing, local produce and sustainability at the top of his agenda, topped with a sprinkling of culinary magic and storytelling that pushes the boundaries of what diners have come to expect. “SOURCE is a fun, vibrant restaurant that provides a great place to come & have an amazing, inspiring experience, and at the same time providing a professional engaging place for people to work in & be a part of.”

Gilpin Spice
Tom ‘Westy’ Westerland – Head Chef

Gilpin Spice is renowned locally for its inspired pan-Asian dishes, and Westy is adding his own style. “My food is very fun, there’s always a bit of a story behind it. His focus is on storytelling and communicating that to the guests so that they know the background of the dish and what the inspiration was behind it.”

Under the guidance of owner Barney Cunliffe, the property has also introduced its’ strategy for sustainability, which includes new procedures and techniques for procurement, scrutinising the supply chain and developing a new Culinary Centre, complete with its own on-site butchery, and working with local farms and specific herds. Working as sustainably as possible is something that’s hugely important to us at Gilpin, and with the appointment of two fantastic chefs across our two restaurants, we have the chance to do something really extraordinary. The chefs are working with a neighbouring organic farm and taking a nose-to-tail, low-to-no food mile approach to sourcing, and our vertical farm enables us to produce food to a perfect condition, with no food miles, packaging or transport, minimum water use, no pesticides, and no poor harvests or plant wastage.

LIVE, WORK & PLAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
Work hard but really enjoy your days off? There’s nowhere better to do that than in the beautiful Lake District. As well as the traditional hospitality jobs at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, you can also be an accountant, an agri-scientist, an interior designer, a landscape gardener, a marketeer, and much more… the opportunities are endless!

LOVE & LAUGHTER – WE LOVE WHAT WE DO – JOIN US AS OUR SOUS CHEF
Many of our guests come to Gilpin for very special celebrations, investing time, money, expectations, memories and feelings into their stay with us. Our job is to help create the magic, sowing the seeds for lasting happy memories with five star service, and a lot of love and laughter.

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER – WE WILL TRAIN & DEVELOP YOU
You can start at whatever level is right for you, and immediately start learning about the work and our team spirit; everything you need will be provided in a combination of on the job training and via our online Gilpin Training Academy, with clear pay progression built in. If you want to prove yourself and become a manager, the opportunity is there – you can see for yourself what you need to do to progress, and if you wish to take it further this can lead to a degree or leadership course without needing previous qualifications. We don’t pigeon hole and we support you to create your own career path – you might start off in one department and decide you want to try something in another department, For those that have a set career path in mind though, we’ll support you to develop as far as you want to go. This is your future – our job is to train you & prepare you for whatever you do next.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

SOCIAL
Staff social events, activities and parties throughout the year.

FOOD
Home-cooked food for just £1 per meal. A breakfast of toast and cereal is free, and available at all times. We also have snacks and tasty treats available throughout the day.

SUBSIDISED ACCOMMODATION
Fantastic subsidised shared staff accommodation, some at the hotel, some in the countryside, and some in the centre of Windermere and Bowness. In all accommodation there is a shared kitchen and lounge area. We spring clean your room before you move in, meet you, show you around, and settle you in with a welcome pack, and check all the accommodation monthly to make sure everything is still lovely. Our staff accommodation ranges from mobile static homes to ensuite rooms in Bowness and Windermere (from £130 to £350 per month including bills). If you’re really trying to save and don’t have a lot of stuff, there are a few very small mobile static home rooms that we don’t charge anything for.

STAFF TRANSPORT
Free staff transport between Gilpin Hotel and Lake House and the staff houses in Crook, Windermere and Bowness.

GYM MEMBERSHIP
Free use of Choices Health Club in Troutbeck Bridge with gym, swimming pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub.

MYCUMBRIA CARD
We buy MyCumbria Cards for all of our team – old and new! With this you can get offers and discounts throughout Cumbria on food & drink, activities, shopping and more. We’ll also be introducing a scheme where you can get even more money off certain activities, so watch this space to go bike riding, canoeing, rock climbing, or relax with a lovely meal or go to the cinema…

ENGLISH LESSONS
We provide personalised English classes (while you’re paid) if you wish to gain confidence and ability to communicate in English. The aim is to motivate and encourage progression here at Gilpin as well as to gain confidence outside of work.

TREATS – DINING & HOTEL STAYS
Discounted rates in our restaurants, as well as amazing opportunities to stay at other Relais & Châteaux and Pride of Britain hotels from just £150 per night!

FRIENDSHIP & FUN
There are around 170 of us in Team Gilpin, but we’re not a big international hotel. We love what we do, and believe it’s important to have a friendly warm atmosphere behind the scenes as well as out front. We are family run with a strong team of managers who really look after, look out for and nurture our teams. We have a lovely, friendly, close knit team, where great friendships are made (often long term). We believe in enjoying what we do!

For more information see https://thegilpin.co.uk/join-our-team

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £32,000.00-£36,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Canteen
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free or subsidised travel
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Language training provided
  • On-site parking
  • Shuttle service provided

Supplemental pay types:

  • Tips

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 01/02/2024

To apply for this job email your details to careers@thegilpin.co.uk.