£12.25 per hour plus weekend enhancements
Role type:
Full Time, Part Time, All Year Post
up to 40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year
Contract type:
All year post
Closing Date:
Job Details:

Students and staff at National Star love their food which is why working as Chef at our charity would be such a rewarding role.

You'll be creating healthy and nutritious meals for students and staff. The role is interesting and varied and will include following the planned menu and producing high quality freshly prepared food for lunch and tea so experience of cooking in a commercial, educational or care setting would be an advantage.

Students have different dietary requirements and it would be up to you to ensure that they are met and that portion sizes are appropriate. Knowledge of special diets would help you to hit the ground running in this role.

We'd be looking to you to ensure food stocks are rotated and that waste is minimised through the cost efficient ordering of supplies.  You will be expected to order food and supplies and have knowledge of budgeting and lead a committed team of kitchen staff.

We currently hold a 5* food hygiene rating and it goes without saying that you would ensure that excellent standards of hygiene and cleanliness are adhered to at all times. A basic food hygiene certificate is essential

Our chefs work 8 hour day shifts only usually between the hours of 8 am - 6 pm. Full time roles are a total of 40 hours a week over 5 days, including every 2nd or 3rd weekend depending on staffing levels .   We may also be able to offer part time/ weekend roles – please state your availability in your application..

There may be occasions when you will be expected to work at our residences in Cheltenham and Gloucester to cover holidays or periods of sickness

Our Golden Hello

It’s motivating to feel valued at work. That’s why all new National Star staff will receive a ‘Golden Hello’ up to the value of £250 for full-time staff (pro-rata for part-time employees) upon successful completion of their probation.

Staff benefits

Fantastic career development opportunities and comprehensive induction programme - theory and practical
No car, no worries - we have a courtesy staff minibus, which operates on weekdays, picking up staff at key locations across Cheltenham and Gloucester
Award-winning training
Use of fitness suite and swimming pool, and staff clubs such as badminton, football, cricket and arts and crafts.
Healthcare cashback scheme, providing an opportunity to claim money off optical, dental and other healthcare treatments
Life insurance cover
Contributory pension scheme
Opportunity to purchase a NUS Extra TOTUM discount card offering discounts at attractions, high street retailers, supermarkets, utilities, motoring and more.

National Star was recently named 'Team of the Year' at the SoGlos Business Awards, reflecting the fact that all staff, whatever their role, work as a team in support of students and residents.

If you are looking for a rewarding Chef  role where you will genuinely make a difference to a group of young people with big ambitions to make the most of their lives, join our team!

How to apply

At National Star, we know the value of a diverse workforce, and welcome applications from all areas of the community. This includes those with disabilities, and we are a proud Disability Confident employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities. In 2018 National Star received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.


Please note that all applicants will be expected to undertake a DBS Disclosure, and undergo the necessary employer checks. The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process but is usually an enhanced level. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and we will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers.


We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money.  Alternatively please send your cv to or call our recruitment department 01242 527631 for further information or an application form. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system please let us know.



All future correspondence with you will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc). Please check your email regularly.

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