Head Chef – Lu’s Place

Head Chef – Lu’s Place

We are looking for a candidate to join our team at Lu’s Place as our skilled and passionate Head Chef, to be available as soon as possible! 

Take ownership of the kitchen department and lead the team to drive food standards, speed of service, and contribute towards building our reputation in the local community. Working closely with front of house management and the operations team, you’ll oversee the food and beverage operation and have the chance to make a real impact on the business. 

This is a great opportunity for someone to come and join a fantastic team, be a part of an exciting and modern venue, and help us continue to grow and thrive!


Full time – (43 hours per week plus overtime) 


  • Act in the company’s best interests to promote its success
  • To lead by example and have overall responsibility for ensuring the kitchen meets all regulations including sanitary, food safety, and temperature check guidelines on the compliance system
  • To work closely with the Finance department to ensure accurate GP calculations are being achieved for each dish to give a profitable margin
  • To maintain, build, and grow business relationships acting as the main contact for suppliers, ensuring that they supply locally sourced (where possible) and quality goods at the most cost-effective prices
  • To train, coach, and guide the kitchen team to ensure the smooth preparation and delivery of food to each customer
  • To understand the local market, develop new dishes and events to enhance the offer and turnover of the business
  • Control portion sizing to maintain business margins and consistency
  • To take control of allergen and calorific management by providing support and guidance
  • To determine food inventory needs, conduct stock checks, ensure efficient and accurate orders are placed inclusive of drinks and disposables via online portals where applicable
  • To stay up to date with culinary trends and kitchen processes and ensure the presentation of all dishes meet the required company standards before they reach the customer
  • To manage the kitchen team distributing tasks accordingly and coordinating breaks to ensure the continuation of exceptional service
  • To adhere to all health & safety, and compliance regulations, including COSHH, Manual Handling, and PPE, whilst monitoring and reporting any faulty equipment/machinery on a daily basis on the compliance system
  • To support the Café Manager with any customer complaints, escalating to the Managing Director where necessary
  • To attend regular management and kitchen team meetings as required
  • To support the HR Director with HR processes and performance management reviews when required
  • To attend training and refresher training as appropriate
  • To conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times and be an ambassador for Lu’s Place


  • Have at least 2 years’ experience in a senior position in a similar operation
  • Have a minimum level 2 Food Hygiene certification (Level 3 preferred)
  • Have an excellent working knowledge of HACCP and COSHH
  • Have previous experience of working with commercial catering equipment to include dangerous machinery
  • MUST be able to work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Have exceptional leadership, business, and interpersonal skills, setting the standard for the team and ensuring the company values are maintained
  • Have familiarity with industry regulations and quality standards
  • Have a reasonable level of IT skills to including Microsoft Office (Word/Excel)
  • Have a high level of attention to detail and a good level of numeracy
  • Have immaculate personal presentation and workplace hygiene
  • Have strong communication and team building skills, highlighting any areas of concern to the Managing Director in a timely manner
  • Possess integrity and honesty
  • Be proactive, self-directed, and flexible
  • Be reliable, conscientious, and punctual
  • Have enthusiasm to develop your own skills and knowledge
  • Have the ability to stimulate employees, teams, and departments
  • Be able to garner the fidelity, esteem, and confidence of employees
  • Be able to think strategically and create innovation
  • Have the ability to embrace new processes and adapt to changes in the organisation’s culture, methods, and leadership as required due to the changing needs of the business
  • Be extremely organised, work well under pressure, and have the ability to problem solve 
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information regarding the business and Directors
  • Be a visionary and an ambassador of Lu’s Place


6 days per week, Wednesday to Monday with shifts allocated between 8am and 6pm, increasing to 7 days per week in December.  

Occasional evening shifts may be required for private hire and events. 

This position would suit someone who is looking for a better work/life balance as the majority of hours are during the day with last orders being taken at approximately 4:15pm. 


  • Competitive rate of pay dependant on experience 
  • Team discount 
  • Holiday allowance
  • Enhanced pension contributions
  • Mobile phone & contract 
  • Team outings
  • Bonus scheme
  • Regular pay reviews
  • Share of generous team tips 
  • On-site parking
  • Training available 


If you like the sound of this and would like to work with us, please email a copy of your up-to-date CV together with a covering letter outlining why you feel you are a fit for our team to Meg at meg@lusplace.co.uk   

Please, add “as seen on Holmfirth Info” within your application. 

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