Out and about Friday 15th February

The relief work coming in is fairly quiet and when jobs come in we give priority to the chefs who are well known to us and have worked all last season and previous seasons.

If you are looking to register for relief work you must be willing to come to Moffat to have a meeting as we are looking to have met all relief chefs we send out.

We are getting lots of CV’s sent out for permanent and seasonal positions all over Scotland including the Isle of Harris, Isle of Skye, West Coast and beyond. If you are looking to get away from the City for a season then look no further we will have the job for you 😊 just pop over your CV to

Lots of establishments will now be getting there spring menus organised and ready to launch in the few weeks or so.

Don’t forget it is never too early to get a chef organised to cover any holidays that are already planned, we have excellent availability and suggest getting a chef to you on the same day or the next day depending on distance.

Here are a few of the chefs we have out just now

Ryan Williamson is at The Garfield Hotel

Gian Devey is at Martha’s in Glasgow

Mick Kitson is at Glenisla Hotel

Glenn Richards and Ally Brown are both at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel

Dougie Gilles is at The County Hotel in Stornoway

Mike Scotford is at The Old Manor Hotel

Graham Smith is at Balmacara Hotel

Michal Njoroge and Ally Elder are both at Onich Hotel

Keren Tweedie is at the Nethybridge Hotel

Thanks to all our relief chefs for your hard work and support 😊

Out and About Friday 8th February 2019

Still quite quiet on relief just now with some jobs coming in, we still have over 20 chefs out working.

We would like to meet the relief chefs that are registered and that would like to do relief work for the up and coming season ahead. We are available Tuesday to Friday either 11am or 2pm.

Please can all relief chefs who are registered email over your up to date hygiene certificate to

We are happy to get new chefs registered for relief work but the priority will go to the chefs who are known to us and have worked all last season. All you need to do is email your up to date CV and 2 recent contactable work references to the email address above.

We have lots of permanent and seasonal work available you can have a look at all jobs by visiting

We have a few relief chefs booked for the summer season also, it’s never too early to get in touch!

Relief chefs finishing up this week are

Lillian Clarkson has been at the Grantown East Heritage Centre in Grantown on Spey since 21st December and is finishing on Sunday; they have appointed a new head chef.

Stuart MacColl is also finishing on Sunday after completing his 4 weeks stint at The Drovers Inn near Loch Lomond, they have also taken on a couple of new chefs for the season ahead.

Jason Keenan was at the County Hotel in Stornoway where he was for a couple of weeks.

Peter Norrie is still at Baxter’s in Fochabers but he will soon finish as new head chef Kevin Hay starts on Monday.

Taylor McFarlane is finishing on Sunday at The Fife Arms in Braemar he has been there since 21st December.

Yousef Shengheer finished yesterday at the Eglinton Arms; he started back there on the 13th December.

Luke Webber is at the Kitchen Brasserie and has taken on the role of permanent head chef.

Thanks to all our relief chef’s even if you are still awaiting a call we really do appreciate all your hard work.

Out and About 1st February 2019

We currently have 26 relief chefs out working all over Scotland.

The relief work we have coming in is still very patchy.

We are still meeting chefs here in Moffat and we are available Tuesday AM or PM, Wednesday AM or PM, Thursday AM or PM and Friday AM or PM. Please get in touch to set up a day and time.

We are still registering new relief chefs but the priority will go to the chefs who are well known to us, we expect relief work to start picking up mid-March.

Some chefs we have out working

Mick Kitson is helping out at the Glenisla Hotel along with Ionel Rizea

Graham Smith is at The Balmacara Hotel opening the hotel for the season ahead

Michael Njoroge and Ally Elder are both at The Onich Hotel

Keren Tweedie and Scott Bolton are at The Nethy Bridge Hotel

Mike Scotford is at The Old Manor Hotel

Bobby Ainsworth is back at East Haugh Hotel

Chris Roberti is at The Cartland bridge Hotel

Ally Brown is at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel

Jason Paxton is at Fife Arms Braemar

Dale Paton is at Fife Arms Turriff

Jason Keenan is over in Stornoway at The County Hotel

Sean Abernethy is at the Grand Hotel in Shetland

Peter Norrie is at Baxter’s in Fochabers

Lillian Clarkson is at Grantown East Heritage Centre

Stuart Maccoll is at Drovers inn

Thanks for all your hard work and support 😊

Out and about Friday 25th January

Relief jobs coming in have been very patchy this last couple of weeks, but this is expected for the time of year.

We are happy to register new chefs for the up and coming season which will start mid to late March and will end roughly at the end of October.

Relief chefs receive good hourly rates of pay varying from £12 - £18 per hour depending on level. You are paid for a minimum of 40 hours per week over 5 days. Return travelling expenses will be paid subject to you completing the agreed work stint. And if required clean single accommodation is provided at no charge. Holiday pay is payable from day one of starting any relief job and is paid at 12.07% on all hours worked. Wages are paid weekly or monthly with weekly advances through PAYE.

Please email across your up to date CV, contactable work references and current Hygiene Certificate to (QUOTE RELIEF 2019)

We also would like to meet all relief chefs, this will be in Moffat where we are based. We will chase up references as standard then will get in touch to check your availability.

We have excellent availability of chefs and the priority of work will be given to the chefs who have worked all last season.

Expectations from relief chefs

1. Must complete required stint

2. Jump into the job whatever the situation.

3. If there is an issue with any job please speak to line manager first then refer to CIS to see if we can resolve.

4. We expect you to be punctual for all relief jobs booked.

5. Clean whites and knives.

6. Accommodation that is provided should be looked after and left as found.

7. Sobriety Do not drink any alcohol during working hours, and please drink responsibly after shift or on time off. We do expect you to be an ambassador for CIS and all your fellow relief chefs.

8. We ask for help and loyalty from all relief chefs

9. Holidays – Ideally holidays will be taken out of season (November, January and February) in season we would suggest take up to a maximum of 4 weeks.

10. Flexibility on area and position.

11. Mobile phones – to be switched off during working hours. You can check when you are on your break.

Expectations to the chef.

1. Clear concise information is given to the chef. How many rooms? Style of menu? Covers? Accommodation – what is it? Pay frequency and on which day? Start date and time? What are the shifts? Will you get meals on duty? We stipulate min 40 hours per week over 5 days or 8 hours per day if 4 days or less.

2. Clean single accommodation is to be provided. What it is? How many people sharing with? Where is the accommodation? Tv wifi?

3. We suggest you have a supply of P46 and timesheets which we can pass over to you.

4. We will give guidance on chefs not paid issues 1. Call the establishment 2. Write to the establishment 3. Contact ACAS Tel: 0300 123 1100

5. For good loyal chefs we will try our best and keep you in work all year round.

6. Happy to undertake getting a Disclosure Scotland.

7. Ideally you will be able to come and meet at our office in Moffat.

Out and about Friday 18th January

A little quiet this week on relief, this is expected for the time of year.

For us this is a good chance to meet the relief chefs we have registered and who are looking for work during the 2019 season.

There are lots of permanent jobs being registered, if you are looking for a change this year please get in touch with your up to date CV and reference details you can email

Relief chefs we confirmed at the beginning of 2019

Ian McColm went to the Taybank Hotel as Head Chef, we got the chance to meet on Monday.

Tom Smyth was back helping out at Baxter’s for a few days.

Peter Norrie is currently Head Chef at Baxter’s

Tony Philip was back at the Ardlui Hotel

James Thomson is finishing this weekend at the County Hotel in Stornoway

Patrick Johnstone is at the Ben Mhor Hotel as Sous Chef

Jason Keenan and Kyle McGarry were booked in at The Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel.

Mike Scotford was back at the Burts Hotel

Bobby Ainsworth is booked for March at SU Scotland in Aviemore

David Ironside was at The White Goose in Dundee.

Thanks all for your support and hard work