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Kitchen Managers and Second Chefs

We encourage and empower our chefs to create dishes tailored to the unique character and location of their pub. And all of our menus are always led by the incredible seasonal local produce available here in the Garden of England.

Ellina Smith, Executive Chef, Shepherd Neame


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. 

Kitchen Managers, Head Chefs and Second Chefs

We serve more than a million meals each year across our retail sites, so our senior kitchen staff play a vital part in our business, helping to drive the quality of our menus and food presentation.

Our team is passionate about serving great, freshly cooked food, using the finest ingredients to offer the perfect dining experience. We use local suppliers where possible, working with a hand-picked network of farmers, fishermen and food producers throughout Kent and the South East to make sure only the best, sustainable fresh ingredients are used in our dishes.

Discover more about working as a Head Chef with Shepherd Neame in this video.

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.

We are looking for new Kitchen Managers and Second Chefs to join us. You will be passionate about food, and possess the experience and skills 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.

Shepherd Neame Careers

Shepherd Neame Careers

What It's like

“I really enjoy working for Shepherd Neame because there are so many opportunities to develop your skills and progress your career. You can move between a diverse range of sites, and there is a structured development programme with fantastic support on offer from the business.”
Joe Rutt, Head Chef at the Millers Arms, Canterbury

Contact Us

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