Group Chef and Engagement Manager Solihull

Job Description
Our Client is a market leading contract catering company specialising in school food. By combining their understanding of the education sector and their knowledge of what's on trend in the food world, they encourage creativity and excitement in their kitchens, allowing their teams to do what they do best and provide fantastic food experienced for the children.

By providing excellent care and services to both clients and children, our Client has ensured the successful growth of the company and to keep up with the rapid pace of this growth, they are now looking for a Group Chef and Engagement Manager to join the team.

About the role:
As the Group Chef and Engagement Manager, you will support the Operations Team in smoothly delivering student-facing and community projects, aiming to enhance student engagement with food, provide valuable programmes across the MAT, drive parental involvement in food services, and participate in community activities.

You will liaise with Operations Managers to maximise the impact of these initiatives in line with the company's visions and values through a planned calendar of events. Additionally, you will support the curriculum by coordinating with our Client's central resource team t schedule key events and assist Operations Team and the Development Chef in coordinating mobilisation tasks, delivering WOW training days, and hospitality events, ensuring the Food Team's effectiveness across the business.

The role is:
40 hours a week
44 weeks per year
£40,000-£45,000/year DOE


  • Design, implement, and oversee culinary programs and events for students and their families
  • Create engaging workshop, cooking classes, and nutritional education sessions
  • Develop educational materials and resources to support culinary programs
  • Build strong relationships with parents, students, and teachers to encourage participation in culinary programs
  • Organise community outreach initiatives to raise awareness and support for the school’s culinary programs
  • Plan and execute culinary events, such as cooking classes, food festivals, and family cooking nights
  • Collaborate with chefs and nutritionists to develop suitable core added value events to enhance our Client’s meal service
  • Manage event logistics, including scheduling, budgeting, and vendor coordination
  • Attend Regional Operations Manager’s meetings to present new added value ideas
  • Ensure effective QHSE requirements, particularly Food Safety and Allergy management are adhered to throughout the added value process

About you: 

You’ll currently work in a development or senior culinary role and can demonstrate creativity and flair in the food you produce. With strong industry acumen, you keep up to date with industry trends, developments and innovations. You have a strong financial understanding including budgets and costs and are able to pass this understanding on. With a high level of emotional intelligence, and proven ability to communicate at different levels, you drive company initiatives and engage audiences. Having worked in a compliance-led environment previously, you understand the importance of following policies and procedures.


  • Strong culinary skills and knowledge of nutrition and food education
  • Experience in program management or food development
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate program schedules
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in education catering

Why apply:

As one of the UK's fastest-growing independent businesses you'll be joining a company where people are at the core and the opportunity to develop your career is endless. Our Client offers fantastic learning and development programmes and the ability to gain qualifications whilst supporting you all the way. They understand that the health and well-being of their employees is vital so as well as a competitive salary and car allowance/car, they've just launched a brand new benefits programme which includes important things like private healthcare and enhanced parental leave, ways to save money and the opportunity to spend your birthday doing something special to you rather than working! 


Please note, our Client expects all staff to share their commitment of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people so an enhanced DBS disclosure will be sought by the company.

Pineapple Recruitment are recruiting for this role on behalf of our client and are acting as Recruitment Agency. 




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  • Location Icon Location Midlands, United Kingdom
  • Salary Icon Salary £40000 - £45000
  • Reference Icon Job Reference REF1276
  • Calendar Icon Posted on Posted on 05 June 2024
  • Category Icon Category Contract Catering
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