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Job Ref: TFH1017
Branch: The Fellows House
Location: The Fellows House, Cambridge
Salary/Benefits: Competitive Salary
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Hours per week: 40
Posted date: 29/12/2020
Closing date: 17/05/2021

Sous Chef – The Folio Bar and Kitchen

“History shows us that the people who end up changing the world are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.” – John Eliot , Fellow of The Trinity College

The Hotel

At the Fellows House, we want to offer everyone who walks through our doors an amazing experience. We offer a very personal blend of empowerment, enlightenment, and engagement and seek the remarkable in the everyday and everything that goes into this most unique Hotel. Most of all we seek exceptional people who embody our person-centred, dedicated and refined values. The brightest and best Cambridge has to offer.

The Person

You are a leader in our industry and in our community. This role really has the potential for you to develop the food concept of award-winning outlets to add an innovative twist to the Cambridge dining scene. You will be an approachable, active and engaging leader who knows what 'works'. You will be able to adopt current trends in the marketplace and spot others before they occur. From overseeing the kitchens operations with the Head Chef, the development of creative food concepts, to the running of daily operations, you will be creating services and experiences to challenge the status quo and become a landmark in Cambridge hospitality. You will be an approachable, active, hands-on and engaging leader that optimizes on KPIs and strives for continuous improvement. You will engender a sense of belonging in both your team and our guests and you will inspire and train your team to be as people centred, dedicated, and refined as you.

The Role

As Sous Chef you will be responsible for planning and directing food preparation in kitchens, and be reporting directly to the Head Chef. You will help create memorable experiences for guests, whenever and wherever they dine. You will also ensure quality, kitchen maintenance and inventory functions kept to high standards - to make sure your kitchen is always running smoothly.

Key responsibilities

As Sous Chef, you will:

  • Plan and direct all the hotel food operations including, but not limited to, The Folio Bar & Kitchen, Sage of Cambridge, and Room Service Operations together with the Head Chef.
  • Lead the kitchen’s team in absence of the Head Chef.
  • Assist the Head Chef to produce diversified menus in accordance with the restaurant’s policy and vision with focus on British classics, vegan and vegetarian specialties
  • Ensure quality and consistency in food preparation and presentation is followed by the team
  • Be hands on the preparation of dishes, management of the pass, monitoring of quality
  • Evaluate Guest satisfaction levels and monitor trends with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Assist the Head Chef to operate within departmental budgets through effective stock and cost controls and well managed schedules.
  • Ensure a first-in, first-out food rotation system and verifies all food products are properly dated and organized for quality assurance
  • Train team members to have an up-to-date knowledge of all food menus as well as hotel facilities and current offerings.
  • Ensure staffing levels appropriately cover business demands.
  • Plan and manage the day-to-day operation of all areas in relation to staff productivity, facilities, equipment, food standards and sales through effective communication and delegation.
  • Control on an on-going basis - Quality and presentation of food items; keeping the standards set; portion control and operating costs; staff behaviour and hygiene practices; cleanliness of the kitchens meet Food Hygiene legislation and the principles of H.A.C.C.P. (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points)
  • Check effective controls are in place i.e. stock rotation, stock holding, food wastage, portion control etc. to ensure food gross profit (GP%) is achieved on a monthly basis.
  • Deliver the product to expected Brand standards and manage the QE process.

Core requirements:

  • UK citizen or valid work permit
  • Proficient numeracy and literacy skill
  • Hands-on attitude
  • At least two years in a supervisory capacity with culinary/kitchen operations experience
  • Proven ability to manage a kitchen team, plan menus, manage stock and costs effectively
  • In-depth knowledge of UK Food Hygiene and Health & Safety Laws


  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Customer and market-focused
  • Anticipate customer needs
  • Ability to build rapport
  • Flexible and adaptable


  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Drive for results
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and to organise self
  • Open to new ideas


  • Cultural awareness
  • Courteous
  • Able to multi-task
  • Share expertise to resolve issues
  • Ability to work without supervision

In exchange for your efforts and dedication we offer a fantastic place to work, an opportunity to shape the culture of a new hotel and a comprehensive benefits package.

Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive salary package
  • Access to GO Hilton Travel Programme – stay in Hilton Hotels around the world for as little as 35$.
  • 50% F&B Discount when staying in Hilton Hotels through the Go Hilton Travel Programme
  • Staff meals and hot drinks on shift
  • Career Development
  • Extensive learning & development opportunities

If you wish to be considered for this superb opportunity click ’apply’.


The Fellows House

An exclusive destination with an inclusive spirit.

Inspired by great university fellows past and present and designed for the discerning clientele of Cambridge and beyond, seeking somewhere to eat, drink and stay in style.

At the Fellows House we are proud to play  host to the many people who are drawn to our University city and enjoy creating connections between our team members, our guests and our local community.

The team that work here are like  family and genuinely enjoy their jobs. This positive spirit informs our service culture, allowing us to deliver a warm, generous experience for our guests.

Likewise, we are focussed on keeping our neighbours part of day to day life in the hotel, be they university goers, local suppliers or cocktail lovers.

Source: The Fellows House