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Join our kitchen team

Do you love working in a busy kitchen, are passionate about delivering high quality food and relish the opportunity of developing your career?

Why join us?

Food is a huge part of our business and we’re looking for a passionate hard working bunch to join our Brains kitchen family. So, if you're a Head Chef, Sous Chef, Chef or Kitchen Assistant, we'd love to talk to you, especially if you have experience of working in a fast paced kitchen.

We want you to bring your experience and knowledge to our kitchens, and work as part of a team. In return we'll offer a great chance to progress your career.  

A career with Brains brings with it the opportunity to work with a vast array of food templates. From contemporary classics, to good honest pub food you will always be working with locally sourced Welsh ingredients. With state of the art equipment, and talented Chefs, our kitchens are great places to be.  You will be able to develop your career as your skills grow.

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Induction and Training

Our fantastic Pub Managers can’t wait to welcome you to their team.  You’ll find a warm Welsh welcome in your new place of work, and a structured career plan that you’ll follow to ensure you’re geared up to be the best Team Member you can be.

Your training will be partly using our tools both online and in training workbooks, but mostly, and most importantly, with the team and real customers in a live environment. We will make sure that we’re on hand to support and provide you with everything you need to develop yourself, including NVQs and AAA qualifications. 

A strong kitchen team is a real asset to any business, so with many fantastic opportunities that arise in our business, we will give you the skills you need to be ready to take on new challenges.

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Recruitment Process

Applying for a role in our Kitchen Team should be as fun as the job itself.  The recruitment process does change slightly dependent on the role that you are applying for.  

Head Chef / Kitchen Manager
If you are looking to join us as a Head Chef or Kitchen Manager then your application will be sent directly to us lovely folks in the Resourcing Team. We respond to all applications because we want you to be kept in the loop. If you’re application is successful you’ll be asked to come to an interview, meet our team and find out if the job is right for you and you’re right for us.

For this key role there will be a second stage which will consist of an “OJE” (on the job evaluation) which is a short session in a live kitchen environment with one of our Development Chefs.

Other Chef roles
The recruitment of other Kitchen Team members will be received and handled by the Management Team at the pub itself.  They will let you know if you have been successful in reaching interview stage.  If so, shortly after they will give you a call to arrange this.

Usually this will be with the General Manager and/or the Head Chef and be held in the pub.  You shouldn’t have to prepare anything. Just ensure you bring along your right to work documentation (eg passport, national insurance number) And, of course your winning smile.  We know interviews can be quite daunting but don’t worry – our managers don’t bite.

If you’re successful after interview you’ll be offered a position with us. We’ll then ask for references, ask you to complete all relevant paperwork and discuss a date for your induction and first shift.

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Benefits

Our Kitchen Team Members are important to us.  Once you have been with us for 13 weeks you are entitled to our staff discount scheme.  This gives you 15% off in all of our Managed Houses and is applicable to room bookings and functions too.  Why not use this when taking a holiday? We’ll give you 28 days per year for you to book a holiday, or to simply relax and refresh.

As part of our Kitchen Team you will also be enrolled into the People’s pension scheme helping you to secure your future long term. And short term, we can provide you with the best training and support to help you reach your career dreams.

Finally, take advantage of our online shopping discount site exclusively for our employees.

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