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Head Chefs

“I enjoy being able to help other chefs progress in their careers. One of our current chefs started out with us four years ago as a kitchen porter and has worked his way up, which is great to see.”

Alistair, Head Chef at the Sun Inn, Faversham, and Shepherd Neame mentor chef.


We have more than 300 pubs, inns and hotels across the South East, and employ around 1,500 staff across our estate, along with more than 270 employees at our head office and brewery. 

We know that our committed and passionate team is vital to our success, and we are always looking for talented staff to join us.

Together with a great range of employee benefits, we also offer a range of in-house development programmes, to support and inspire you to achieve your goals. 

Head Chefs

We serve more than a million meals each year across our retail sites, so our head chefs play a vital part in our business. If you’re passionate about food and possess the experience and skills to motivate and inspire, get in touch.


Are you passionate about food? We want to develop new talent and create the chefs of the future, which is why we have teamed up with Umbrella Training to create our bespoke apprenticeship programme. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to earn as you learn the skills necessary to succeed in the exciting, fast-paced environment of the hospitality industry.

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About This Role

We currently employ around 1,500 staff across our retail estate, which comprises more than 70 busy outlets across London and the South East, serving over a million meals each year. Our ever growing portfolio ranges from characterful pubs in London’s West End and The City, to large seafront hotels in Kent, with a diverse range of sites in between. During the past year we have invested £4.5 million to improve the look and feel of our retail estate, and continue to identify and introduce initiatives to develop our offer and enhance the customer experience. This recently included appointing five head chefs to act as mentors in our retail estate, which has been a huge success.

We are looking for new Head Chefs to join us. You will be passionate about food, and possess the experience and skills to motivate and inspire your team to create a menu of delicious, well-presented dishes.

In return, we offer great employee benefits, including competitive salaries, a share incentive plan and staff discount scheme.  We want to attract, retain and develop the very best people, so we will provide the training and development to support and inspire you to achieve your goals.

Chefs at the Woolpack Banstead

What It’s Like

“We receive a lot of support in our career development. In the past couple of months alone, I have been on a food hygiene and kitchen safety refresher session, and also taken part in a chef development workshop, where we were trained in butchering, preparing and cooking cuts of meat. It was great to meet other head chefs from across the business to share best practice and experiment with menu ideas. It also shows that Shepherd Neame is trying to remain on-trend with its menus, and keep pushing chefs to try new things, which is great to see.” Tony, Head Chef at the New Flying Horse, Wye

Contact Us

If you would like any more information, chat to our Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01795 542132 or email