Volunteer Cook for new food outreach project - Halstead

The Gateway Project is looking for volunteer Cooks for a new food outreach project who will be responsible for cooking awesome 2 course meals for the people of Halstead.


Duties will include cooking meals from recipe cards created from weekly food donations.  volunteer Cooks will prep food by weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients, cooking meals, checking ingredients for freshness and required temperature compliance, and portioning, arranging, and garnishing the dishes. Cooks will also be required to ensure that the kitchen and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and maintained before and after each cook.

What’s the best bit about this role?

·       You can show your passion about food, your versatility and enthusiasm to cook a range of beautiful meals for our community.

·       You will be working with a team of people.

·       You will be gaining experience in a catering role.

You will receive free training.


To be successful in this job, you will need to complete (if not already held and in date) online Food Hygiene Level 2 training and attend various other training events including Health and Safety. You will also be required to follow Environment Health Safer Food Better Business standards including all sanitation and health processes relating to Covid and other infectious diseases.  All training will be provided by the Gateway Project.

Prior food preparation experience is preferred but not essential; willingness to be part of the team and to serve our community is a must.


Cook Responsibilities:

  • Complying with Safer Food Better Business standards under the supervision of the Volunteer Supervisor/Cook.
  • Weigh, measure, mix and prepare ingredients according to recipes.
  • Steam, grill, boil, bake or fry meats, fish, vegetables, and other ingredients.
  • Check food and ingredients for freshness.
  • Check meals are cooked to required temperature.
  • Arrange and garnish dishes.
  • Work well under pressure and within the time limit.
  • Ensure that kitchen area, equipment and utensils are cleaned.
  • Help and inspire other kitchen staff.
  • Flexible Monday shifts operating midday – 1930hrs.

The role may involve lifting of food supplies and standing for a long time.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
    (possibly dependant on experience)
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 01/06/2021

End Date: 01/06/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon Yes No No No No No No
Evening Yes No No No No No No

Availability Details

Flexible shifts dependant on up take. Volunteers would be available either weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or occasionally.


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