Salary: £28,000 – £29,000 per annum

Shift hours: Full Time

HMP Bronzefield are recruiting for a Head Chef. In this role, you will support the catering department, operating effectively within budget and to the required standards of food delivery.  This busy department provides catering for 550 residents and 200 staff per day so proven experience in catering sector, including stock management is essential.

HMP/YOI Bronzefield is a closed local prison serving courts across the South of England. Our mission is to deliver quality of life services which make a meaningful difference to women in the criminal justice system by supporting them to change their lives for the better. To achieve this we focus on providing needs-based services and programmes to rehabilitate and improve the well-being of our women. 

We house up to 572 women (approximately 14.5% of the national female prison population). The women in our custody have a diverse and complex set of needs and range from mothers and babies, young offenders, life and long term sentenced women, short to mid-term sentenced women, foreign nationals and women on remand. 

We have been awarded a bronze accreditation by Investors in People for our commitment to our staff, their development, engagement and investment in a sustainable future.

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  • Manage and review menus and recipes in line with latest health and nutritional guidance, allergen guidance, Prison Rules and consumer focus feedback
  • Contribute plan and deliver the catering requirements for site events (e.g., Christmas, Religious Festivals and Special Diet needs)
  • Support & manage the purchasing, delivery, searching, storage, and stock rotation of food and goods within budget, as per SEMS policies and contract, to meet menu and contingency requirements
  • Regularly review the Catering Risk Register to identify and control all major risks
  • Support the Catering team in supervising kitchen residents to maintain high standards of hygiene, safety, and health standards, and security and control (including searching, roll checks, and control of tools and equipment)

Please see attached job description for further information regarding the role requirements.

Please see attached job description for further information regarding the role requirements.


  • Catering qualifications: City and Guilds 706/1 and 2, NVQ level 2 and possess an intermediate level food safety certificate
  • Food allergen training
  • Good numerical, interpersonal and communication skills, must be able to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication
  • A sound understanding of H.A.C.C.P. and knowledge of health & safety and food safety
  • Ability to make independent decisions
  • Proven experience in catering sector, including stock management
  • Able to work on own initiative within a team environment
  • Able to demonstrate working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Able to demonstrate attention to detail and adherence to standards
  • Analyse problems, develop opportunities and implement innovative solutions
  • Efficient time management and organisational skills
  • Be a focused and dynamic team player who can adapt rapidly to changing priorities


  • Experience of working within custodial environment
  • Relevant qualification equivalent to NVQ level 3 or above
  • Proven track record of leading, managing and developing a team

Reference: SDX/TP/RF7047-2/SJS

Location: HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3JZ, England