View Vacancy - KL- Head Chef (The Residence) A2(L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Residence and Support Staff)
Cook/Chef, Residence Coordinator

Main purpose of job

 Manage and deliver all catering requirements at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Kuala Lumpur.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Prepare and cook all dishes for events held at the Residence including small lunches, large dinners, buffets and receptions;
  • Monitor stock levels of basic ingredients and purchase stock as required;
  • Operate commercial cooking equipment such as stoves, cookers, fryers and hotplates;
  • Possess a basic knowledge of HACCP guidelines;
  • Possess minimum level Food Hygiene certificate or equivalent;
  • Ensure that food supplies are stored properly and used resourcefully;
  • Make sure that the kitchen is clean and organised at all times;
  • Order and check food deliveries ensuring good budget control;
  • Keep accurate documentation of all menu’s including all allergen advice;
  • Provide appropriate menu choices including accurate costings for a variety of events when required;
  • Ensure all preparation and cooking areas are maintained according to current HACCP and FCO Food Safety guidance:
  • Supervise Assistant Chef and create a learning environment;
  • Hire and supervise casual kitchen staff when required;
  • Accurately account for kitchen budget
  • Supervise Assistant Chef

Essential on arrival

  • Experience in a fast moving commercial kitchen
  • Experience of devising menu’s and working to budgets
  • Evidence of successful completion of catering course from reputable catering or general college
  • Basic food hygiene certificates
  • A passion for food and food preparation
  • A good palate
  • An eye for detail and good presentation skills
  • A desire to learn
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Experience of, or interest in, the role of pastry chef
Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Demonstrating Resilience
30 January 2020
A2 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
12 months
Asia Pacific
Kuala Lumpur
British High Commission
15 December 2019
  • Line management of Assistant Chef, to include appraisal process and performance monitoring

  • Occasional weekends and some evening work required for which overtime will be payable.

  • The British High Commission offers a competitive remuneration package, benefits, leave entitlement of 20 days per annum (calculated on pro rata basis) and works hard to provide L&D opportunities to staff. There are a wide range of options available for personal development including training courses, coaching and mentoring, job-shadowing, presentations and learning sets. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning.  The jobholder will be required to take some specific training courses related to their role. All new staff undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, and information management.

  • Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment and security checks. Staff who are locally recruited by the British High Commission are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law

  • No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain a valid work permit.

A preparation and cooking test will be given at interview. 


Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.

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