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Sessional Chefs - Job Description 

Position title: Sessional Chef

Location: Various - West Sussex, Hampshire, Brighton & Hove

Job purpose & overview: 

Are you a skilled and creative chef who would enjoy the challenge of creating delicious, nutritious ingredients from fresh, rescued ingredients? Are you able to engage with people of all ages & abilities to share your love of cooking? Are you passionate about addressing the issue of food waste? Are you adaptable enough to prepare & cook food in a variety of different locations (even over a camp fire!)? If you can say yes to all of these, whatever stage you are at in your career, we’d really love to meet you!

UKHarvest are looking for skilled, talented and creative chefs (or final year student chefs) to work with us on a sessional basis, running our NourishEd Education Programme and our Surplus suppers/lunches and becoming part of our family. The sessions run for two hours each and would include two hours preparation time before and after each session. We work with a wonderful variety of different people; running our programme with schools, young carers in after school sessions, carers of those with early on-set dementia and many more charities and groups who feel that we could add value to the service they offer their clients.

UKHarvest collects quality surplus food from a variety of retailers/ producers and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to incredible charities that can make use of it to support those in need. We provide much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across southern England. We passionately believe that we can use food as a medium to help educate all about the issues surrounding food waste and to show how to cook delicious healthy meals from fresh ingredients. The programme unpicks the building blocks of a healthy diet and have fun doing it!

Reports to: Director of Operations & Programmes

Employment type: Sessional - zero hours contract

Hours: varies  - depending on experience

Salary: £10 - £20 / hour - depending on experience

UKHarvest Purpose & Expectation 

Our purpose is to Nourish our Nation.

  • UKHarvest is committed to rescuing surplus food to feed people in need and help the environment (food rescue is the core of the UKHarvest business)
  • UKHarvest is committed to educating the general public and our clients about food waste, nutrition and living a healthier lifestyle (through public campaigns and our education programmes)
  • UKHarvest is committed to engage with the community to maximise our impact (with the help of volunteers and through our regional programme REAP as well as through campaigns to raise general awareness of the issues surrounding reduction of food waste) 

To achieve this purpose UKHarvest prides itself not only on being logistics experts but also having an exceptional ‘customer and community service’ focus. 

We expect from our team members a strong commitment and passion for food rescue and education with the organisation’s vision at the forefront of all decisions and actions.

The Role & Key Responsibilities

  • Planning & preparing for education sessions or surplus suppers/lunches
  • Lead & deliver education session or surplus supper/lunch
  • Support staff members & volunteers helping at education sessions & surplus suppers/lunches whilst events in progress
  • Operation and maintenance of the UKHarvest vehicle when using
  • Safe sorting and storage of any leftover food in the storeroom at the end of the session
  • Accurate tracking and recording of daily collections (items and weights) for reporting to Logistics Coordinator
  • Accurate recording of any notes and feedback from the sessions for reporting to LDirector of Operations & Programmes
  • Assist Director of Operations & Programmes by providing ongoing feedback and assessment from participants and monitoring of the quality of the sessions delivered
  • Adhere to all safety regulations from a Work Health & Safety and Food Health & Safety perspective
  • Report any accidents or incidents in a timely and accurate manner to Director of Operations & Programmes

Other duties as reasonably required.

Personal Specifications

Training & Qualifications


  • Minimum 1 year's experience - will consider final year students


  • Training in basic food safety and hygiene
  • Manual Handling Certificate
  • Relevant Catering qualifications

Personal Abilities and Aptitudes

  • A strong commitment and enthusiasm toward the vision of UKHarvest
  • Energetic, positive, reliable, proactive and self-motivated individual, as the role requires spending long hours on the road
  • Strong communications skills (both verbal and written)
  • Customer service skills and approach, with the ability to build and nurture relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including food donors and charities
  • Ability to work in a team
  • High attention to detail, with the ability to accurately record and report on food rescue statistics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with the ability to complete paper work and reports
  • Solution-focused approach to work

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Understanding of the UKHarvest food rescue operation
  • Understanding and empathy with our mission and the charities we support
  • Excellent problem-solving and planning skills
  • Understanding of food health and safety legislation
  • Well-developed time management and organisational skills

Application process

If you’d like to find out more about joining us on this exciting journey, please get in touch with your CV. We welcome informal visits to come and meet us for a chat to find out what we’re looking for and for more detail on what’s involved in the role. Just give us a call on 01243 696940 to make a time to come in.

Please send your CV to, referencing the job title in the email subject. 

Application closing date: Friday 5th July  2019 at 5:00pm

Interview date: Interviews will take place week commenicing 15th July 2019