Mayflower Theatre is looking to recruit an experienced Head Chef to lead our award winning restaurant kitchen, Ovation. We provide afternoon teas, lunches (on matinee days), dinners, corporate hospitality / conference / functions which go towards enhancing our customer’s theatre experience. We offer a fantastic environment to drive your career forward.

Your main duties:

  • Manage the kitchen team including carrying out staff training as required ensuring the kitchen team is efficient, knowledgeable and develop their skills appropriately.
  • Manage the preparation and service of quality food for Ovation, Simply by Ovation and any other events in our function suites as required.
  • Ensuring Ovation maximises profitability through effective sourcing of suppliers, efficient service and an excellent standard of food preparation, presentation and hygiene
  • Ensure rotas are prepared and communicated to team 2-3 weeks in advance and carry out / attend team meetings.
  • Able to successfully manage the team rotas to avoid staff overtime.
  • Devise appealing menus which maximize the use of seasonal local produce, and provide costings in a timely manner.
  • Effective management of all aspects of kitchen hygiene and cleanliness, including daily checks, waste management, scheduling of periodic deep cleaning.
  • Manage stock ordering ensuring cost budgets are achieved.
  • Enforce compliance with all legislation including food hygiene and health & safety. Identify areas of maintenance likely to affect customer or staff safety and welfare. Inform the maintenance team of any damage to fixtures and fittings.

You will have:

  • Proven experience as a Head Chef in delivering high quality food within a specified budget in a quality venue.
  • Strong kitchen experience focusing on team development is essential.
  • Thorough experience and understanding of profit margin management and cost control is essential.
  • Good knowledge and appreciation of modern British / International cooking and current trends is essential.
  • Understanding of seasonal menus and sourcing fresh local produce.
  • Experience in banqueting is essential.
  • Good communication skills and willingness to talk to customers about the food at ad hoc menu preview events.
  • Allergen awareness training and understanding of special dietary requirements
  • Ability to demonstrate continuous development of their team, food standards and their own career is required.
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office products, especially Outlook, Excel, Word


What’s in it for you?

  • Normal hours of work are 45 per week which will include evening and weekends. There may be occasional late hours to cover post-show events.
  • Salary is £31k per annum plus benefits including pension and 28 days holiday (to include bank holidays), including free meals on duty.
  • Shared gratuities paid every four weeks.
  • Staff discount on theatre tickets and Ovation

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How to apply

Please email your CV and covering letter to or post to: HR Department, Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton, SO15 1AP.

Closing date for applications: 15 July 2019.


Due to a high volume of applications, we will be unable to contact every candidate individually. Successful candidates will be contacted within four weeks. 


No agencies please.


We will be undertaking a refurbishment of our Grade II listed auditorium in summer 2018. Please consider a donation to our auditorium appeal. Your help is essential in securing our future.



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