Careers at Hinnies

We are looking to recruit the following members of staff to work at Hinnies, our award-winning restaurant on the seafront in Whitley Bay.

Hinnies is a relaxed, warm and friendly neighbourhood restaurant serving comfort food we all like to eat - i.e. rustic and hearty Geordie-influenced classics made properly from scratch using local and seasonal produce to give a real taste of our beloved North East.

Head Chef
We are looking for someone with excellent culinary skills, creativity and passion with the ability to lead, manage and inspire a team. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter, a problem solver and a natural communicator who is focused, career-minded and driven.

The head chef will work closely with the general manager and managing director. He / She will be responsible for:
1. Driving the kitchen forward towards obtaining accolades and winning awards
2. The recruitment, training and development of a small brigade of chefs
3. Compliance with Food Hygiene, HACCP and Health & Safety regulations
4. The maintenance of consistency of taste and presentation of food
5. Working within the company framework to produce creative, original dishes for the seasonal changing menu
6. Working to set budgets for both food purchases and wages
7. Championing and upholding the company values and ethos
8. Maintaining equipment and the working environment to ensure operational excellence

Skills, knowledge and experience
The ideal candidate will be:
1. Bright, confident and enthusiastic
2. A strong character that can maintain effective communication with a diverse team
3. Absolute focus on detail, consistency and perfection
4. Understands the importance of team development and development of individuals
5. Unflappable and able to work effectively under pressure
6. Ambitious and eager to progress

Must haves:
1. Proven experience creating and executing menus either as head chef or senior sous
2. Good verbal and written communication skills
3. Creativity with – and passion for – seasonal British ingredients
4. Extensive Modern and Traditional European cooking experience
5. Able to quickly gain an understanding of specific business functions and take ownership of the resulting tasks
6. A sound financial understanding of all aspects of running a busy kitchen

Whilst relevant experience is undoubtedly essential for this position, we are looking for someone with the intelligence, intuition and motivation to excel at the role; constantly wanting to better themselves and over deliver. Relevant training and a thorough company induction will be provided, but we will only consider candidates who have the skills and characteristics listed above. If this role interests you, please send us your CV and a cover letter stating why you’re perfect for the job to ruth@hookedongroup.co.uk. Please feel free to include any other information or documents to support your application.
Sous Chef
We are also looking for an enthusiastic sous chef to work with the head chef at Hinnies to create new dishes accompanied by fully-costed recipes and seasonal changing menu.

If you are interested in applying for these roles please email your cv to ruth@hookedongroup.co.uk