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Current job vacancies at the HSoF:

Head Food Educator (Paternity Cover)

Job title: Head Food Educator
Contract: 3-6 months
Responsible for: Kitchen porter(s), volunteer (s) and casual staff
Start date: immediate
Full-time (Part-time applications also considered)
Location: Hackney School of Food, E5 0BT
Salary: £39,498.97 per annum

Job description

Who we are

The Hackney School of Food is a thriving community-based cookery school and gardens. We were formed from a partnership between the Leap Federation and the charity Chefs in Schools. Our mission is to teach children, their families, and our local community to cook and grow food.

Through teaching a ‘seed to spoon’ approach to food production and preparation, we provide people with the knowledge, confidence and skills to prepare inexpensive, tasty and nutritious meals. Using produce from our own gardens, prepared in our award-winning professional kitchen, we work with schools, families, community groups and businesses, in the heart of East London.

We do this because we believe that sharing these skills will give people a better chance of a happy and healthy life. It will empower them to look after their own physical and mental health, and create a more resilient, healthy and happy population.

About you and the role

As our Head Food Educator, you will be fundamental to the planning and delivery of all food education within the School of Food. You will devise and deliver engaging lessons that instil a love of cooking in each and every learner who comes through the door.

You will also be crucial to the smooth and safe running of the kitchen, using your expertise to ensure that the operation runs safely and effectively, managing kitchen staff and coordinating the use of the kitchen with other freelancers.

You will also as an ambassador for our work and our mission, representing the school and sharing our learnings with wider audiences.

This is a 3-6 month cover role and both candidates open to full-time and part-time (job share) should apply.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a passion for food education and a desire to share your comprehensive cooking and teaching experience.

You will be the right person for the role if you…

– Have a passion for our mission that you want to share with others
– Are an inspiring food educator confident teaching classes of children and adults from different backgrounds and cooking abilities
– Can manage the behaviour and health and safety of children during school sessions

Have experience in managing a kitchen, including:

  • Managing suppliers
  • Food safety management
  • Managing a kitchen team
  • Enjoy working with people and are a confident public speaker
  • Are hard-working and adaptable, with the ability to multitask and respond calmly to challenges when they arise

The responsibilities, skills and experience listed below give you an idea of what we need for this role. If you don’t meet every requirement but feel you would be able to work with us to deliver the majority of them, we would urge you to apply anyway.

Specific duties

Food education

  • Develop and deliver inspiring food education lessons for all ages and abilities
  • Responsible for all parts of the lesson delivery from start to finish including the food prep, set-up and clearing down once the lesson ends
  • Create a welcoming learning experience by sharing your passion for healthy recipes using fresh, high-quality, seasonal ingredients
  • Create, maintain and update all educational materials for lesson use
  • Develop and adapt courses and teaching styles to suit different audiences, including schools, the local community and paid-for courses for corporate hires and team away days
  • Liaise with the Gardener on efficient use of garden produce for cooking classes
  • Support the delivery of events that are led by external trainers or guest chefs, facilitating smooth delivery of these
  • Be an ambassador for the School of Food as a leader in Food Education

Kitchen Management

  • Manage all kitchen staff within budget, including but not limited to:
    • Planning shift rotas in line with bookings and budgetary constraints including working with paid staff and volunteers
    • Utilising reputable and cost-effective suppliers to achieve the best value cost of food
    • Working with the bookkeeper to ensure the smooth and timely payment of suppliers
    • Efficiently running the Hackney School of Food kitchen, including ordering and receiving deliveries, stock management and quality control.


  • Ensure the highest standards of food safety and health & safety are upheld at all times; including ensuring a food safety management system is in place, and detailed HACCP records are kept in line with best practice
  • Uphold safeguarding of children at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead 
  • Ensure that the kitchen is operated safely, flagging the required maintenance and inspections of kitchen equipment when needed to the General Manager/Premises Manager to organise repairs.


  • Assist the General Manager with development of new income-generation activities
  • Contribute to regular meetings, reviews and project evaluations to ensure that project aims are translated into content delivery
  • Any other duties which may reasonably be regarded as within the nature of the duties and responsibilities of the post


  • You will be joining a friendly, supportive team who works hard but believe in a healthy work/life balance. We seek a diverse range of perspectives, skills, experience and knowledge.
  • We offer 33 days of holiday per year, including bank holidays for full-time staff – prorated for part-time roles
  • We are committed to developing our team and will support you with relevant training opportunities.

Equal opportunity

We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and for us the most important ‘experience’ is passion for our mission. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.

Other requirements

As we work with children and young people, an offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and DBS clearance.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a short description of your experience and why you are interested in the role as well as your availability to 

We will review applications on a rolling basis, so we advise applying as early as possible.


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