Permanent Chef recruitment

As we move through August, with early Autumn September in Scotland a little over three weeks away, there are still lots of ASAP relief jobs on our books.

Permanent recruitment has fallen away post lockdown and this is something that we are looking to rectify.

Historically, Chefs In Scotland (CIS) placed lots of permanent chefs in positions across the length and breadth of Scotland and sometimes further afield.

Going back to when we had the offices on Wentworth Street in Portree there were maps of Scotland full of red pins to signify where the permanent jobs were that we were trying to fill. And we did fill plenty.

It was not unusual to send out 60 plus CVS for applications in a week, and sometimes over 100. We would often place 2, maybe 3 and sometimes up to 6 or more chefs in permanent positions in any given week. Permanent recruitment can be a little demoralising at times as a lot can go wrong.

No shows, runners or often just chefs looking to leave as the agreements put in place have not been honoured.

There were always the good permanent placements though, those satisfying ones where the chef stayed happily in the position for many years and obviously enjoyed their work.

This is something, over the coming months, which we will try to move back towards, to the times when we had a good list of Head Chef positions at all major cities in Scotland and were placing suitable chefs in these positions.

Relief work is a much needed part of the business and is the most lucrative, but over the coming months and into 2024 we are going to push to get back to more permanent placements and relishing the challenge.

Out and About 7th July

we currently have 94 relief chefs out working over Scotland and England

The availability of chefs is still tight as you would expect for the time of year.

If you are looking for work, please email over your CV to either or

Here are a few chefs out working just now

Thomas Mcfadden is at Loch Ness Inn, Drumnadrochit

Philippe Alamichel has been extended at Achray House, St fillians

William Hughes and Gary Robinson are working away at Glen Nevis Holidays, Fort William

Colin Thomson has just finished at Toravaig House, Isle of Skye

Stuart Jackson is at Ednam House, Kelso

Mark Murray back on the circuit and is finishing today at the Great Western Hotel, Oban

Kirty White still in skye at the Royal Hotel, Portree

Brian Smith is at The Three Lemons, Aberfeldy

Maciej Resinski is at Loch Melfort Hotel, Arduiane

Corno Cloete is at Anchoir Hotel, Johnshaven

Paul Johnston is at Kincraig Castle, Invergordon

Scott Bolton is at The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere

Sally williams is at Ness Walk, Inverness

Chris Hetherington is on ScarvLines

Thank you to all our chefs your support and hard work is much appreciated :)


16th April 2023

Chefs In Scotland has been offering the same 3 services since 2001 which is when our first website went live, 3 years after starting out on the journey of self-employment.
We had placed our first relief chef a year earlier in 2000, up to Tongue Hotel. We didn’t charge for that first one.
By the end of the year 2000 we were charging £50 plus VAT per week for a temp placement, up to a maximum of 6 weeks. The early rates for temp chefs were £8 to £8.50 per hour which was quite a lot back then.
Not a huge amount has changed since, we offer adverts on the CIS website, where candidates can apply directly to the jobs.
We also can try to source chefs for you if the job is doable.
For All New Relief jobs registered from tomorrow, Monday the 17th of April, the rates payable directly to the Relief Chef are going up until the end of October 2023.
Rates are £18 for Chef de partie
£20 for Sous Chef
And £22 for Head Chef.
The rate that CIS charges is also going up for new jobs registered from tomorrow, Monday the 17th of April. We will charge £70 plus VAT per week to a maximum of 10 weeks.
The price of adverts and permanent placements will remain the same for now.
Lowland Brewing, which is mostly owned by CIS, did it’s last brew yesterday, a new one called “Lockerbie 80”
It will be wound down and it’s last day of trading will be the 30th of June 2023.

Out and About Friday 10th December

We have 53 relief currently out working in Scotland and North England.

Unfortunately, there have been a few fall downs on relief over the past 10 days – this is very frustrating but fortunately we have managed to fill these gaps – Thanks Guys 😊

Our Festive opening hours will be

Monday 20th 9am to 5pm

Tuesday 21st 9am to 5pm

Wednesday 22nd 9am to 5pm

Thursday 23rd 9am to 4pm

Closed from 24th December and re-opening the office on Tuesday 4th January 2022 – ready and raring to take on a brand New Year

Here are some of the chefs who have stuck it out and are working hard – thank you all 😊

Ally Brown and George McCallum still in Tighnabruich at The Kames Hotel

Gillet Libabu has taken some leave at Balcary Bay Hotel to go back home to Kenya to spend time with his family

Lee Robertson has found his feet and has been getting on really well at Fernhill and is now working at the Cally Palace in Dumfriesshire

Ricky Leyland is still at the Sure Hotel in Lockerbie where he had the pleasure of working with Stuart MacColl and would very much like to cross paths with him again next year

Shun Murray is seeing out the rest of the year (and maybe longer) at The Airds hotel

Lorne Brown another chef who stayed put and this was at The Cally Palace where he spent near 5/6 months

Colin Thomson headed north to Scourie Hotel, then to The Glengarry Castle, Mackays Hotel in Wick over to Kylesku Hotel and is now South of the Border at The Bridge Hotel in Buttermere

Mark Shaw also spent his summer at Altskeith Country House with the odd day helping at Monachyle Mhor when he had some days off – he is currently at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries, a care home then south for Christmas and New Year and has his January sorted in Stornoway

This is just a few chefs to mention – thanks to all our loyal, hard working relief chefs your support is greatly appreciated 😊

Take Care and Stay Safe xx

Out and about Friday 6th August

We currently have 47 relief chefs out working in Scotland and North England, this is the most we have had out this year 😊

We have 14 relief jobs confirmed so far for the week I’m hoping for another 4 or 5 today.

We are still happy to register new relief chefs or to see if you have any availability even if it’s a few days this may help out an establishment to get another fellow chef a couple of days off.

Tel: 01683 222830 or Email:

Here are a few we have out just now

Tony Orr has returned to The Bridge Hotel in Buttermere for another 4 weeks.

Dale Paton and Anthony Howard are at The Friars Carse Hotel in Auldgirth.

Joe Wright is at Ednam House Hotel in Kelso.

Ste Flindall is working away in Fort William at Glen Nevis Holidays.

Martin Ross has now left Skye and is down in Dumfriesshire at The Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright, looking forward to some more fab photographs.

Glyn Council working odd days here and there at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries.

Robert McHugh worked his 1st stint in Skye at the Duisdale Hotel and is now a little closer to home working at The Rowardennan Hotel.

Steve Lyall has headed upwards to the Boat Inn in Aboyne for 4 weeks.

We thank all our relief chefs for your continued support and hard work 😊