Head Chef

Where: Torquay

Contracted hours: Full-time

Job Type: Permanent

Pay: £31,500, Per Annum

Optional Accommodation: Yes

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CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve just discovered a Head Chef position like no other… 


  • No late nights (typical finish is 8pm)
  • 2 days off, every week
  • No working over Christmas
  • An accommodation & meal package available (optional) at a generous rate. With all bills and utilities covered and three nutritional meals every day (if you want to take advantage of our ‘live on’ option and therefore flexible on location, you do not need to make multiple applications. Simply let us know the locations you are interested in when completing your application form).


As Head Chef with PGL, you’ll be paid to lead a friendly and supportive catering team at Barton Hall, our stunning activity centre in Torquay. With no late nights and the opportunity of a Friday or Saturday evening off each week, this could be the perfect role to continue a rewarding career in catering without sacrificing your social life or that all important family time! 

What could be more important than fuelling the next generation and sustaining their energy for further adventures? At PGL we welcome guests and team members into our dining rooms to relax, rest & recharge… ready for their next challenge! Our catering team are proud to serve tasty & nutritious meals, combining reassuring favourites and new cuisines, to keep the adventure going.

As Head Chef, you’ll be reporting to the Catering Manager, and be responsible for leading, managing, training and overseeing a team of Chefs & Catering Assistants to deliver a fantastic dining experience to our guests, including but not limited to:

  • Organising rotas, setting clear objectives for your team and identifying any training and development needs.
  • Developing a strong team ethos through motivating, inspiring and encouraging others in line with our PGL values.
  • Ensuring the catering team is following the correct procedures to maintain exemplary levels of food hygiene, health & safety and allergen requirements.
  • Managing financial aspects of the catering operation, including monitoring budgets, prices, forecasting and stock management

But life at PGL isn’t all work, it’s a lifestyle. As part of #TeamPGL you’ll be joining a tight-knit community & building friendships with like-minded people; we enjoy a variety of fun activities and team events in our beautiful surroundings.  


  • Worked previously as a Chef or Head Chef in a mid-to-large scale dining environment
  • Has experience and understanding of food mass production
  • A confident leader of people with strong organisational and decision-making skills
  • Excellent knowledge of food hygiene & handling dietary requirements including allergies and intolerances
  • Level 3 Award in Food Safety is a bonus, but not essential.


We are renowned for our personal development & investment in people, we are ready to support you in your career development, each step of the way! You’ll have all the training you need to be confident and successful in your role, be equipped with a personal development plan, and access to nationally recognised qualifications funded by PGL to give your career the very best start.

  • Happy holidays - time to recharge and enjoy time away from the workplace. You’ll also enjoy an extra day off on your birthday!
  • Investing in your future – with sector leading family friendly policies and a contributory pension
  • Good living, for less - access to big savings and exclusive perks that span a huge range of retailers and service providers. Plus PGL discounted holidays and 20% discount in all our on-site shops
  • Take care of mind, body and soul - your wellbeing is top priority, so we’ve created a WELLBEING HUB for all our colleagues alongside access to Employee Assistance Program, cycle to work scheme and health cash plans.
  • Smart saving, affordable borrowing – access to our financial wellbeing platform for financial support when you need it. This includes easy and affordable saving and borrowing directly from your salary, plus useful guides on how to effectively manage your money.
  • Doing good does you good - paid time-off to volunteer your time to worthwhile causes.

For a full Job Description and Personal Specification please click here 

For any enquiries specific to this role please email thomas.parry@pgl.co.uk.  

PGL is committed to the principles of equality and diversity and welcome applicants from all sectors of the community. However, all PGL colleagues are required to undergo enhanced background checks (known as a DBS), which PGL will pay for. The DBS looks at criminal records, so if you have a conviction related to violence, drugs or safeguarding this could affect your application. You can find more information on DBS checks on the gov.uk website. 

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