Sous Chef – Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windemere Cumbria

at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House (view profile)
Location Windermere, Cumbria, England
Date Posted June 12, 2022
Category Sous Chef
Job Type Full-time
Area England
County Cumbria


RECRUITING NOW... Sous Chef - @ Gilpin Spice

Learn from the best.

Be part of a great team.

Work in a stunning location.

In a laid-back open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail.

We're looking for talented chefs to join our enthusiastic and experienced team.


The Sous Chef is the Head Chef's second in command. At this level, the Sous Chef will have a great deal of the responsibility within the kitchen.

  • Strong knowledge of the daily operations of the staff and kitchen.
  • Ability to carry out the role of head chef in their absence/when needed and assist them in resolving any problems that may occur on the job.
  • Excellent cooking skills and techniques
  • Great understanding of the produce and ingredients
  • Responsibility for how the food is presented on the plate, including planning of the presentation and directing others to do so.
  • Having good control of stock & wastage, ordering ingredients and maintaining necessary inventory
  • Ability to help with the planning of new dishes
  • Having 360 vision, performing duties and watching others; able to multitask
  • Training new chefs
  • Supervising team members, and keeping an eye out for problems that may arise and take control of a situation in an instant
  • Several years’ experience gained whilst working at each different level within a kitchen brigade
  • Understanding the basic food gastronomic terminology e.g. julienne, mirepoix, macedoine, salpicon etc.
  • Excellent cooking skills and techniques e.g. poaching, panfrying, grilling, braising etc.
  • Ability to quickly delegate jobs to a large staff team in an authoritative manner
  • Basic butchery and fishmonger skills - the sous chef should have skills in butchery but apply techniques, i.e. sharp knife, good hand position to take meat or fish off the bone and obtain cuts like, fillet, Troncon, Darne, Mignons etc.


With a fascinating history as a centre of the spice trade, Cumbrian cuisine has a rich heritage, and local specialities have long included exotic spices with favourites such as Cumberland sausage, potted shrimps, Grasmere gingerbread, and of course, sticky toffee pudding. At Gilpin there are two restaurants celebrating this tradition.

The laid-back ‘Gilpin Spice’ has an open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail – spanning the Philippines, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.


Work hard, play hard – where better to do that than in the beautiful Lake District? As well as the traditional hospitality jobs at Gilpin, you can also be an accountant, an agri-scientist, an interior designer, a landscape gardener, a marketeer, and much more… the opportunities are endless!


Many of our guests come to Gilpin for very special celebrations, investing time, money, expectations, memories and feelings into their stay with us. Our job is to help create the magic, sowing the seeds for lasting happy memories with five star service, and a lot of love and laughter.


You can start at whatever level is right for you, and immediately start learning about the work and our team spirit; everything you need will be provided in a combination of on the job training and via our online Gilpin Training Academy, with clear pay rises built in. If you want to prove yourself and become a team leader, the opportunity is there – you can see for yourself what you need to do to progress, and if you wish to take it further this can lead to a degree or leadership course without needing previous qualifications. This is your future – our job is to train you & prepare you for whatever you do next.



Staff parties and social events through the year


Home-cooked food for just £1 per meal. Breakfast of toast and cereal is free, and available all the time.


Fantastic subsidised shared staff accommodation, some at the hotel, some in the countryside, and some in the centre of Windermere and Bowness. In all accommodation there is a shared kitchen and lounge area, and some have added extras such as a pool table, dart board and X-box… We spring clean and paint your room before you move in, meet you, show you around, and settle you in with a welcome pack, and check all the accommodation monthly to make sure everything is still lovely. Our staff accommodation ranges from mobile homes to luxury ensuite rooms in Bowness and Windermere (from £130 to £350 per month including bills). If you’re really trying to save and don’t have a lot of stuff, there are a few very small mobile home rooms that we don’t charge anything for.


Free staff transport between Gilpin and the staff houses in Crook, Windermere and Bowness.


We provide personalised English classes (while you’re paid) if you wish to gain confidence and ability to communicate in English. The aim is to motivate and encourage progression here at Gilpin as well as to gain confidence outside of work.


We are buying My Cumbria Cards for all of our team – old and new! With this you can get offers & discounts throughout Cumbria on food & drink, activities, shopping and more. We’ll also be introducing a scheme where you can get even more money off certain activities, so watch this space to go bike riding, canoeing, rock climbing, or relax with a lovely meal or go to the cinema…


Free use of Choices Health Club in Troutbeck Bridge with gym, swimming pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub.


Discounted rates in HRiSHi and Gilpin Spice, as well as amazing the opportunity to stay at other Relais & Châteaux and Pride of Britain hotels from just £75 per night!


There are around 150 of us in Team Gilpin, but we’re not a big international hotel. We love what we do, and believe it’s important to have a friendly warm atmosphere behind the scenes as well as out front. We are family run with a strong team of managers who really look after, look out for and nurture our teams. We have a lovely, friendly, close knit team, where great friendships are made (often long term). We believe in enjoying what we do!

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