Jobs in England

Many of you will know we have been aiming to get more and more work in England, especially Cumbria, Northumberland and North Yorkshire.

In January we set out to do this by sending lots of brochures and pens out to places within these areas. So far this year out of all the jobs we have had registered including adverts and solely Chefs In Scotland to look 3.5% have been within this area and the percentage has been increasing since January where there were no jobs in England to April and May during which time the majority of the jobs in these areas have been posted.
Relief work in the north of England remains steady with positions in the Lake District and the north east most regularly registered.
We will continue to place chefs in England whether that be relief or permanent and get jobs registered there too.
If you are looking to register a position whether it is permanent or relief please call the office on 01683 222 830 and we will take all of the details.
If you are looking for work in England please email a copy of your up-to-date CV to and we will get in touch with you.

  Chefs In Scotland (CIS) for Chefs:   

To help CIS to offer you work we ask for help with the following:

Please :

1. Complete all agreed work stints.

2. Be punctual for all relief jobs booked via CIS

3. Have a good supply of clean whites and suitable knives.

4. Look after accommodation provided and leave as it is found.

5. Do not drink any alcohol whilst on duty and off duty please drink responsibly on time off or after shift.

6. Do not write anything on social media that reflects badly on CIS.

One dozen placements for summer.

I have now been back at Chefs In Scotland for 3 ½ months and I have so far had 6 permanent placements.

My goal is to have at least a dozen placements by the middle of the summer.

Over Easter weekend, we were hammered with adverts and they seemed to be never ending. We were so busy that it was difficult to get a chance to do searches.

Here at the office, there are a number of procedures we go through when doing a search for a job. I am currently dealing with commis chef and chef de partie postions. We use our extensive database which has thousands of chefs on – which we update daily to mark chefs available/unavailable and any information such as what area they would ideally like to work, salary expectations etc. We also use our main trade website to advertise all positions as well as our social media.

In terms of permanent recruitment, you can have a pure advert which is apply directly to yourself or we can do the search for you.

I can help you with any advice on what salary to offer, accommodation queries or any other questions that you may have to ensure the best possible chance of finding you a chef.

I have a list which I update daily of all jobs I will be doing searches for that day and I set aside a part of my day solely to do searches.

As said before, my aim is to increase my permanent placements by at least double.

If you are looking to advertise for any commis chef or chef de partie positions or are looking for us to find a chef for you, please call our office on 0168322830 and I will do my best to help.

We are always looking for new commis chef and chef de partie candidates. If you would like to register with Chefs In Scotland, please email and I can get you registered.


Alannah Morrison

Placing a Head Chef

Over the last year I have been placing more and more head chefs all over Scotland and in the north of England.

When a head chef job comes in there a number of processes I go through to make the job attractive so that it will get candidates. Firstly I discuss the job with the establishment, rates of pay and overtime and bonuses as well as accommodation available and the quality of experience they expect from a chef. This enables me to give chefs as much information as possible when searching for an appropriate candidate.

I then post the job on our website apply directly to me and on the main trade website. Then I put a pin up on the map and begin hunting through our database which dates back to 2001 and call and email candidates I think are relevant for the position as well as any other candidates that have applied through advertising the position.

Once I have 2-3 candidates depending on the role I pass them over with relevant recent references and as much details including a copy of their up-to-date CV. Then I wait for the establishment to get back to advise if they would like to interview or regret the candidates. Then it is a process of interviews and more candidates until an offer is made. The offer is made through Chefs In Scotland and we write up a 6 week introductory terms of employment as per the offer details and post recorded delivery to both parties.

In the past year we have placed head chefs all over Scotland and the north of England including a destination restaurant in Alnwick, small hotel in Kyle of Lochalsh, 4* hotel Berwickshire, Family-run hotel in Tongue, newly opened restaurant in Aberdeenshire, 2AA rosette country house hotel Perthshire, 2AA rosette hotel in Skye, large hotel in Fort William, 2AA rosette hotel in Shetland, well-known group in Glasgow and a newly opened restaurant in America.

If you are looking to register a head chef position please call the office on 01683 222 830 and I will get all of the details and can advise on the best ways to attract candidates.

If you are looking to register for head chef work please call or email your CV to and I will get you registered.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!