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I am recruiting for a London Barbecue School. Any questions, please feel free to shout!

The Business

London Barbecue School (www.londonbarbecueschool.co.uk) is a new project for 2015 by School of Food (London?s travelling cookery school, operating since 2010). We offer outdoor cookery classes at our purpose-built venue in Peckham, cooking great ingredients on a range of barbecues and smokers. Our classes fall into 3 categories: serious barbecue classes (focusing on techniques, certain types of equipment, beginners); more relaxed, fun barbecue classes (learn to cook a menu, eat together - effectively a cross between a supper club and a cookery class); and private events and classes for parties and corporate groups. Classes predominantly take place on weekday evenings and weekend daytimes.

The Position

Sometimes assistant, sometimes manager - the person who does this job is in charge of keeping the show on the road. You will be responsible for assisting tutors before, during and after classes; with their preparation, ensuring they have everything they need to teach effectively, and with cleaning up during and after classes. A willingness to get your hands dirty (not a metaphor) is essential!

Outside teaching hours, the role entails general management of the school: ensuring the site is operating efficiently, effectively and within health and hygiene regulations. This will entail working with suppliers to ensure we have everything we need to teach great classes, liaising with customers about their class bookings; and working with other staff. This part of the job requires a proactive approach, initiative to see where your work will most assist the operation, and flexibility to adapt to a business that is likely to grow and evolve rapidly during its first months.

Experience of working in a food business is desirable; a strong interest in food is essential and barbecue cookery and teaching experience are both highly desirable. Experience of HACCP and overseeing food safety processes are also desirable.

The job will start as a part-time position, on an hourly rate. If the candidate and the business are successful it is likely to lead to a full-time position, with the possibility to become increasingly involved in shaping the future of the business. In either case, this is a seasonal position, until the end of October.

We are equally open to applications from people of all ages, nationalities, religions, genders, sexual orientations etc but it is essential you speak fluent English and can legally reside and work in the UK.

How to apply

Please apply with a covering letter and CV to contact [at] londonbarbecueschool [dot] co [dot] uk, paying particular attention to any experience that is relevant to the requirements and desirable experience mentioned above. Whilst we appreciate enthusiasm, please pose any questions and apply by email and DO NOT telephone our office.

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