Sous Chef

Location: Bedford Swan Hotel, Bedford

We are looking for a dedicated and passionate Sous Chef to join our team at the Bedford Swan Hotel.

This is a really exciting time to be part of the team. The hotel which is situated on the banks of the River Ouse and has undergone a complete and beautiful refurbishment throughout. Food & Beverage areas consist of the Pen & Cob 150 seat brasserie, the terrace with a further 150 covers outside together will a new tea room and a busy conference and events business.

Successful candidates will be able operate in all sections of the kitchen (including both bistro and banqueting) and manage the kitchen in the head chefs absence. You will also be responsible for assisting the senior team to maintain high standards of food safety and hygiene and coach and train other members of the team to a high level.

Key Skills

  • Ability to demonstrate cooking skills to the highest level
  • Fast pace restaurant experience as well as banqueting
  • A confident, self-motivated, driven and professional person
  • Excellent understanding of food hygiene and health and safety
  • Excellent people skills and financial understanding
  • Passionate about delivering consistently good quality food
  • At least level 2 food hygiene (up to date)


  • Competitive salary
  • Friendly and professional working environment
  • Excellent chance to progress your career and be part of a great change

Candidate Information

This role is a full time contract which requires someone who is flexible with hours and can work weekends. All Chefs earn tronc payments, are able to benefit from our great employee benefits scheme and have access to both internal and external training (including apprenticeship schemes)

How to apply for this job vacancy

Please send your CV and covering letter to Jackie Wedlake, Group HR Manager, by email to