steel pans hanging up in commercial kitchen

4 steps for a successful Head Chef job application

4 steps for a successful Head Chef job application

Carly Clark our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 16/01/2023

Are you looking for a new restaurant to showcase your Head Chef skills? Or maybe you're working as one of the most senior chefs in the kitchen, and it's time to find a business that will give you an opportunity to step up.

Wherever you might be, we can help you with that next move. After all, you want to secure that next job quickly so you can step straight into a new kitchen and start things off with a bang. No, that's not the sound of you dropping the saucepan. It's you wowing your new kitchen team. 

So, we've summed up four steps for you. Follow them, and get ready to sink your teeth into a new role.

Step 1: Find a company that you believe in

Okay, it might sound a little cringe, but it's an important step! Before you even think about applying for a Head Chef job, ask yourself what type of company you want to work for. Is there room to grow? Do they care about their hospitality teams and offer the right benefits? Will you fit into the company's culture? These are important questions.

Step 2: Check that you’re right for the role

You've found a company you like the sound of. Good job! Now it's time to check out a few positions. Whether it's a Head Chef or Kitchen Manager role, you know you'll be leading your team to success. So it's a good idea to check that you're up for the job.

With 13 distinct companies, from Miller & Carter to Premium Country Pubs and Toby Carvery to Browns, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for you. To get a better feel for each, here's what our people said it's like working as a Head Chef at the different M&B brands.

Also, browsing some jobs will give you a better idea of the company culture and help you start imagining yourself working in the role.

Step 3: Get your application started

Don't hang about. The best jobs get snapped up like Yorkshire puddings at a Sunday roast.

Applying for a job might feel like a job in itself. But it doesn't have to be. At M&B, we make the job application process easy because we know what a brilliant Head Chef looks like. We don't want to waste any time getting you into our kitchen and leading your very own team.

Step 4: Stand out from the crowd

So you've found a company that you can see yourself working at, the benefits sound great, and you know you're up to the job. The next step is thinking about how you'll make your application stand out.

It goes without saying that your future employers will be looking for examples of brilliant leadership in the kitchen and a real passion for food. But have you thought about learning and development?

Just because you're applying for a senior kitchen role, that doesn't mean you'll know everything there is to know about kitchen life. There's always something new to learn, and that's definitely the case at M&B. Whether you're working in a Harvester restaurant or a Premium Country Pub, you'll encounter new menus and processes and have a new team to lead.

Be open-minded to developing your working style. After all, the best chefs have a growth mindset.

You're just a few clicks away from a Head Chef job at M&B

It couldn't be easier to find your next kitchen job. All you've got to do is follow these four steps until you land on the role that you like the sound of. Then, using our easy application process, you'll only need to click through a few pages to drop your details, and you're away!

Simply head to our list of Head Chef jobs and use our filters to search for the role that suits you.

List #1

Some articles you might like

chef wearing chef whites and hat spooning sauce into a pot
What does a sous chef do?

Teaser

Pub and restaurant

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

02/27/2024

Summary

“Sous chef” literally means “under-chief”. But enough with the language lesson. Let's get to the juicy stuff.  Being a Sous Chef is all about keeping the kitchen humming and the food steadily flowing

Teaser

“Sous chef” literally means “under-chief”. But enough with the language lesson. Let's get to the juicy stuff.

Find out more
Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

two men wearing chef's whites cooking in a commercial kitchen
What can you expect from head chef responsibilities?

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

01/29/2024

Summary

So you want to dive into the world of head chefs and unravel what goes on behind the scenes? Gone are the days when Ratatouille was our go-to kitchen reference. Nowadays, with a smorgasbord of films

Teaser

While each kitchen dances to its unique rhythm, some things remain true no matter what. Let's uncover the head chef responsibilities you'll find in any role.

Find out more
Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

What to expect when you become a kitchen or pub manager

Teaser

Management

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

06/29/2023

Summary

<!-- Hotjar Tracking Code for https://www.mbcareersandjobs.com/ --> (function(h,o,t,j,a,r){ h.hj=h.hj||function(){(h.hj.q=h.hj.q||[]).push(arguments)}; h._hjSettings={hjid:2713474,hjsv:6}; a=o.ge

Teaser

With over 1,600 businesses across the UK, a restaurant or pub manager job might change from one place to the next. But here are some things you can expect.

Find out more
Steph  Baker

by

Steph Baker

Steph  Baker

by

Steph Baker

man and woman wearing chef uniform smiling at each other
How to nail being a chef and manager all in one

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

03/31/2023

Summary

Alright, let's cut to the chase. Being a chef or a manager requires a specific set of skills. That said, there are certain skills that overlap, and if you have a good dose of these, you've got wh

Teaser

Find out more
Jess Birch

by

Jess Birch

Jess Birch

by

Jess Birch

girl in chef whites standing in a commercial kitchen holding up a plate and smiling
The 5 best things about having a chef job at Christmas

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

11/18/2022

Summary

Whether you relish the thought of covering yourself in tinsel or consider yourself to have more scrooge-like tendencies, we think a chef job is the ideal Christmas job. In fact, we've select

Teaser

Find out more
Felicity Winsley

by

Felicity Winsley

Felicity Winsley

by

Felicity Winsley

How a temporary Christmas job at M&B kickstarted Kayleigh’s career in hospitality

Teaser

Management

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

11/08/2022

Summary

Temporary Christmas jobs are a great way to get your foot in the door and make that extra cash for those Christmas parties and gifts for your loved ones. And the benefits don’t stop there! Tempo

Teaser

Find out more
Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

male wearing chef whites, smiling with arms behind his back
The MABsterchef awards: celebrating our chef apprentices

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

06/27/2022

Summary

Every year we host MABsterchef. Yes, you read that right. Think Masterchef, but better. The cook-off competition is a chance for any chef apprentice to create and cook a dish that will blow our

Teaser

Find out more
Rebecca Houseago

by

Rebecca Houseago

Rebecca Houseago

by

Rebecca Houseago

Food planning
5 things you didn't know about a kitchen manager job at M&B

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

06/13/2022

Summary

Kitchen managers (KMs) are the backbone of the kitchen. When everything is going at full speed, they make sure teams stay motivated, on track and serving up a good time. The roles and responsibi

Teaser

Hear from Andy, a Kitchen Training & Development Manager for our pubs division, about the insights of a KM's job

Find out more
Emily Smith

by

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

by

Emily Smith

woman and man standing behind a bar lent in laughing
Why a pub job is the perfect summer job

Teaser

General

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

06/08/2022

Summary

Whether you’re a school leaver, a student, or a parent looking to put some extra cash in the bank, a summer pub job can be the perfect solution. But how do you find that ideal summer job that’s fun, a

Teaser

Find out more
Rachael Langley

by

Rachael Langley

Rachael Langley

by

Rachael Langley

man in chef whites passing plated food to a woman
Why a uni transfer at M&B was the best summer job for Ben

Teaser

General

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

06/01/2022

Summary

Are you heading off to university in September? Are you looking for a job for the summer holidays before you go? Do you want to keep working for some extra cash whilst you’re studying? Enter: M&

Teaser

Find out more
Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Jobs

Jobs you might like...

Chef

Salary

Competitive Salary

Location

Merlin, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QL

Departments

Chef

Hours

Full Time

Vacancy Type

Other role

Brand

Premium Country Pubs

Location

Alderley Edge

Description

No CV to hand? No problem! We've made our application process mobile friendly and removed the need for a CV. Our form takes 2 minutes to complete and tells us all we need about you! As a Chef at the M

Reference

2195292

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
Kitchen Team Leader

Salary

Competitive Salary

Location

Tooting Tavern, London, SW17 0SF

Departments

Kitchen Lead

Hours

Full Time

Vacancy Type

Other role

Brand

Castle

Location

London

Description

No CV to hand? No problem! We've made our application process mobile friendly and removed the need for a CV. Our form takes 2 minutes to complete and tells us all we need about you! As Kitchen Team Le

Reference

2195364

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
Part Time Kitchen Team Leader

Salary

Competitive Salary

Location

Tooting Tavern, London, SW17 0SF

Departments

Kitchen Lead

Hours

Part Time

Vacancy Type

Other role

Brand

Castle

Location

London

Description

No CV to hand? No problem! We've made our application process mobile friendly and removed the need for a CV. Our form takes 2 minutes to complete and tells us all we need about you! As Part Time Kitch

Reference

2195363

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
 

job search