Chef Jobs

If you’ve ever visited our Cookery Schools, Hotels, Holiday Centres or Head Offices, you will know that our Chef quality is second to none. We prepare at the highest levels of hygiene and we’re always searching for new talent to join us across the country.

John Lewis Chef preparing food in the kitchen

Head Chef Opportunities

As Head Chef, you will lead an eager team of Chefs and Kitchen Porters. Your passion for food must be vast and your motivation needs to be top notch in order to inspire others around you and succeed. The role involves using your knowledge, experience and expertise to support and train your colleagues to deliver quality food to a high standard. As a Partner in a unique business, you will share in the responsibility of ownership, as well as its rewards.

As Head Chef, you will be:

  • Taking responsibility for our business success
  • Building strong internal and external relationships powered by our principles
  • Creating real influence over colleagues working lives and training where necessary
  • Interpret financial snapshots, relaying information to the Catering team

Essential Qualifications: Experience within a kitchen, Food Safety Level 3

Commis Chef Opportunities

As a Commis Chef, you will be a member of the Catering team and must be a motivated individual with passion for food. You will assist in the planning, production and delivery of the food on offer to our consumers. Taking the initiative and responsibility for your own learning and self-development plays an active role in your progression within John Lewis. Compliance with all food safety policies is necessary to maintain our impressive food reputation at all times.

As a Commis Chef, you will be:

  • Proactive in your own self development in order to progress
  • Reporting to the Head Chef;learning from them where possible
  • Responding in a polite and effective manner to all customer queries
  • Achieving sales targets by ensuring excellent execution of food selling

Essential Qualifications: Experience within a kitchen, PC Literate, Good Communication skills

Sous Chef Opportunities

In the role of a Sous Chef, you will assist the Head Chef in planning, producing and delivering food, taking responsibility for the kitchen in their absence. You must be motivated to invent, produce and present quality dishes in accordance with the particular establishment offering. A combination of managing food production, balancing a passion for sales, alongside the need to deliver profit through strict cost control, are all factors needed to perform well.

As a Sous Chef, you will be:

  • Demonstrating flexibility to support other areas of the department
  • Achieving sales targets through ensuring maximum availability and execution of menu
  • Provide outstanding guest experiences through becoming a brand ambassador
  • Respond in an effective and positive manner to all guest queries or complaints

Essential Qualifications: Experience within a kitchen, PC Literate

Chef de Partie Opportunities

The Chef de Partie operates as part of the Catering team. Assisting the Head Chef and Sous Chef is vital for success, and deputising in either of their absences. You must also have the motivation to invent, produce and present quality dishes, and take responsibility for your own learning and self-development, with the assistance of colleagues, primarily the Head Chef.

As a Chef de Partie, you will be:

  • Building many internal and external relationships
  • Carrying out stock control processes to manage wastage and minimise loss
  • Responding in a positive and effective manner to guest queries or complaints
  • Achieving sales targets by ensuring excellent execution of the hotel food and overall menu

Essential Qualifications: Experience within a kitchen, PC Literate

Who are your stakeholders?

As a Chef, it will vary from role to role but the primary stakeholders you will be in contact with are:


  • Line Managers
  • Colleagues
  • Leadership Teams
  • Maintenance
  • Group Food Hygiene & Safety Manager
  • Operation Managers
  • Recruitment
  • Partnership Hotels


  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Suppliers
Who are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated individuals with a passion for cooking. Qualifications including Food Safety Level 3 are highly desirable across the board, however for all roles excluding Head Chef, this can be taught within three months of joining. Cooking qualifications will assist you in your applications, including BTEC HNC in professional cookery and other equivalents or higher.

Where can a Chef career take you?

Alongside the on-the-job training you will receive from your colleagues and the day to day experience, we recognise that providing training programmes is key to progression. For example, if you are aiming to progress from Sous Chef to Head Chef, we can guide you through development pathways to achieve your goals and develop into the best Partner you can be. We believe that encouraging our Partners to be constantly curious and mindful is key to discovering new opportunities.

Next Steps

Start your journey towards a Chef career with the Partnership by seeing the latest Chef jobs and applying today!

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