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Head Chef - Hale End
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Arsenal Football Academy is a non-residential football training programme for elite youth players between the ages of 9 to 16, based at Hale End (E17).

The aim of Arsenal Football Academy is to centre each boy's progression as a footballer by providing a world leading youth development programme which encompasses coaching, technical and athletic development, holistic education, and a varied games, tours & tournaments schedule.

The role of Head Chef sits within the Facilities Department at the Club's Hale End site. The overall brief of the department is to provide world-leading facilities and an elite training environment to ensure the utmost focus of all players and staff, while at the same time visibly upholding the Youth Academy's values and principles in all interactions with players, staff and visitors alike. All endeavours are centred around preserving a positive environment facilitates the players' development at the Academy.

The Youth Academy is regularly frequented by players' parents and families, teachers, as well as visiting teams and families.


To act as Head Chef at the Arsenal Football Academy's Hale End site, by leading and overseeing all food preparation, kitchen and catering activities.


  • Perform and control food preparation and any other related activities, ensuring robust quality controls are in place.
  • Cook and direct preparation and serving of staff lunch on working days (between 20 and 40 people).
  • Cook and direct preparation of serving for Academy players on day release (approximately twice per week).
  • Construct menus with new or existing culinary creations, ensuring variety and nutritional value befitting athletic development, liaising with Football Operations Manager as required.
  • Ensure Hale End catering facilities are staffed and equipped to serve basic refreshments over seven days per week, in accordance with training and match schedules. This includes but is not limited to evenings and weekend training and games and occasional preparation of packed meals.
  • Plan food stock orders and appropriate stock rotation so as to minimise food wastage/maximise efficiency.
  • Adhere to given catering and staffing budget(s).
  • Be fully in charge of hiring, managing and training kitchen and catering staff (casual workers).
  • Ensure catering facilities are staffed as per required by the Youth Academy's schedule and Management Team.
  • Maintain records of all food safety programmes (HACCP) and correct use of the cleaning rota and closing down procedures.
  • Maintain all equipment within the catering operation through due care and diligence as instructed.
  • Ensure quality control measures and hygiene systems are achieved at all times.
  • Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulations and all industry hygiene and safety standards.
  • Uphold all Club policies, in particular Health and Safety and Safeguarding.

The position's requirements will revolve around the Youth Academy's training schedule and/or the standard UK school calendar. As such, candidates will need to be flexible and will be required to take annual leave during school holidays.



Food hygiene and safety certificate

Health and safety

A nutrition or sports nutrition qualification (highly desirable) or basic knowledge of sports nutrition (essential)

A degree in Culinary science or related certificate

Specific Experience:

Proven experience as a Head Chef in a similar or relatable environment

Experience managing casual staff and staff rotas

Experience with basic budget management and implementing cost efficiencies


Outstanding communication skills and a 'can-do', customer focused attitude

Keeps up-to-date with culinary trends and optimised kitchen processe

Able to manage demands during times

Arsenal Football Club is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

Closing Date: 14/06/2020

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