We are Hiring a Lead Chef!

Waste2Taste is a Community Interest Company.

We offer a Bespoke catering service and community cafe with a vision towards a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable food culture, committed to packaging and food waste cuts.

We practice “Food with A Conscience” – fighting climate change by reducing food waste, using high quality food surplus, forged with kindness and community spirit.

We support a variety of groups struggling with food poverty by providing emergency food provision, alongside accessible training and mentoring which builds individual and communal resilience. We use our targeted Health & Wellbeing workshops to empower groups by increasing skills and confidence in cooking, creating peer to peer support, enjoying eating together and mentoring. Our café is a supportive, welcoming, and accessible place, for people from all walks of life to come in and have a hot meal or drink. We have a kindness menu, which allows people to have a hot drink or meal for free if they are struggling.

Our catering service is well established in Oxford.

We aim to promote and ensure good health and community spirit, bringing people together through monthly community days, celebrating diversity, food, and their own cultures, sharing recipes, life experiences and knowledge.

We provide supported volunteering placements to people experiencing isolation and loneliness and /or mental health challenges in our area. 


We are Hiring a Lead Chef!

Hours: 30 hours per week – Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2.30pm (possible additional hrs)

Salary: £13.50 per hour

Complementary lunch when working.

Are you passionate about healthy food, sustainable cooking, people, and Community? Do you want to work in a friendly environment with sociable hours?

We are looking for:

  • An enthusiastic, hardworking, reliable, and experienced Chef, to join our team as Lead Chef to support with our café and catering service. The perfect candidate will be someone who can confidently lead our kitchen.
  • Prepare and serve food to the highest standards, working closely with the company director and other team members and volunteers across all customer facing areas.
  • Creating vegan/vegetarian menus using surplus ingredients available.
  • Interacting with customers.
  • Helping with café / catering service when needed.

Our food is fresh, healthy, varied, and good quality. We have a very busy catering service and community cafe, so you’ll need plenty of energy and drive. If you want to be part of a supportive and enthusiastic team, then we would love to hear from you.

What we need from you:

The successful applicant should have at least two years’ kitchen experience, Level 2 Food Hygiene, and some experience of catering for large numbers. A passion for healthy eating, a willingness to learn and ability to work calmly under pressure.

  • Highly motivated and responsible
  • Interested in food waste and sustainability
  • Ability to think on your feet and be able to cook using surplus ingredients available
  • Developing menus with Manager
  • Stock control and food ordering
  • Own Transport (Preferable)
  • Ensuring food standards are high and consistent maintaining its quality
  • Maintaining strict hygiene standards, complying with regulatory requirements
  • Proactive and friendly nature
  • Leadership skills with the ability to motivate colleagues around you

How to apply

Please send CV and Cover letter to info@waste2taste.co.uk

Deadline for applications: 22nd August 2022

Interviews will be taking place on Tuesday 30th August.

Possible start date: As soon as possible.

At Waste2Taste, we want to build an energetic, hard-working, and socially responsible team.

Let us know how you can demonstrate these qualities and why you would like to be part of a supportive community and one of Oxford’s most exciting grass roots companies in your covering letter.

Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you want to know more about the role. We would love to hear from you

Best wishes

Sandra & Marie

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Are you passionate about Food & Community?
  • Do you want to learn how to cook with high quality food surplus ingredients?
  • Can you share your cooking skills with us?
  • Are you able to spare a couple of hrs Monday to Thursday morning?
  • We are always very happy to hear from people interested in volunteering with us at the cafe, on free meal preparation, social Media, Website design, gardening, etc.

If you have any particular interests and skills you think could benefit Waste2Taste and OX4 Food Crew, please send us an email on info@waste2taste.co.uk


The OX4 Food Crew is a partnership between Waste2Taste, Flo’s – The Place in the Park , Ark-T and Oxford Community Action, which was set up to alleviate food poverty for people affected by COVID-19.

Our organisations are passionate about ensuring that those most in need at this time can receive the warmth, love and comfort which comes from healthy home-cooked food.

If you are able to volunteer to help deliver the meals to families around OX4 on a Tuesday or Thursday . Thank you!

please sign up here