Chef / Food Production coordinator

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Fixed Term Part Time
20000 FTE

Fountains Church Bradford is a new City Centre Resource Church in the Bradford Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Leeds made possible through Strategic Development Funding from the Church Commissioners and support from the Diocese of Leeds.

To apply for this post, do not fill in the Pathways application form but rather please send your CV to:Duncan Milwain,

Closing date for applications: 4th Dec 2020

Interviews: 11th Dec 2020

This post requires and enhanced DBS check

Joining our small team you will work with our volunteer team and Social Enterprise Director to take on all aspects of food production and delivery from Fountains from our new kitchen.

This role will require you to be creative and adaptable. Fountains has a commitment to its food production being on a close to zero waste basis and you will primarily be working with surplus food. This will be to produce food to be served at Fountains Church (for the Pay As You Feel café to be opened early 2021 and for internal events) and for meals to be pre-prepared to be included as part of the Grace Box Project. This is a service using surplus food and making boxes of this available to schools and others who may be in food insecurity.

  1. To have overall responsibility for the production of food from the kitchen at Fountains, the nature of which will be determined by the activities being undertaken and the food intercepted.
  2. To ensure all food hygiene and food safety legislation is fully adhered to and Fountain’s Health and Safety Policy is complied with at all times.
  3. To work with the Social Enterprise Director and Volunteer Coordinator to manage volunteers assisting in the kitchen. Responsibility for working with future mentoring placements in the kitchen

Main duties also include:

  • Working with the Social Enterprise Director to ensure there is an effective supply of intercepted surplus food, supplemented, subject to budget, with additional stock.
  • Working with the Social Enterprise Director to ensure the development of links to partners (wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants) to ensure an effective chain of intercepted food to support current and future food provision from the kitchen at Fountains.
  • Develop and produce food reflective of the variety of food intercepted and to ensure that waste is kept to a minimum


  • Running a kitchen producing good quality output. A minimum of two year’s full-time commercial kitchen experience preferred.
  • Understanding of the HACCP procedures for food safety, storage and control.
  • Current Food Safety Certificate (minimum Level 2 Hygiene Certificate, Level 3 preferred.)

Skills and understanding

  • Ability to adaptably cook and prepare well a range of food using almost exclusively surplus food.
  • Good teamwork skills – approachable, reliable, friendly.
  • Experience of collaborative working with the ability to motivate others and to manage a small team.
  • Ideally experience of managing volunteers and apprentices in a kitchen setting.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Willing to work to the ethos of Fountains Church Bradford.
  • Willingness to carry out some evening and weekend work.

Our main mandate as Fountains Church is to reach people who have had no contact with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to raise up new disciple-making disciples. The communities we are seeking to connect with in particular are:-

  • City centre working people (including civic, retail and service sector);
  • Bradford university students – an atypical student mix, with many being from local Asian families;
  • Young people who spend their recreation time hanging around the City Centre
  • Families and young professionals living in the growing set of new builds in the city;
  • City centre poor – who often congregate within a short walk of the building.

We have now taken possession of Glydegate, a former nightclub in the centre of Bradford, which is undergoing refurbishment and transformation. The "pay as you feel" cafe is part of our outreach to the city.

Fountains Church is part of the Diocese of Leeds in the Bradford episcopal Area. As a Diocese our vision is confident Christians, growing churches, transforming communities and so helping share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We hope to achieve this with our 5 goals:

  1. Thriving as as distinctive diocese whose whose culture is shaped by shared vision and values.
  2. Re-imagining ministry
  3. Nurturing lay discipleship
  4. Building leadership pathways
  5. Growing young people as Christians