Kitchen Assistant

Full Time, Part Time

Reporting to: Head of Food

Role Type: Part time and full time roles available

Hours: Weekday and Weekend

Remuneration: €11 an hour

Location: GROW HQ, Waterford



Opened in October 2016, GROW HQ has quickly established itself as one of Waterford’s favourite cafes, with a focus on hyper-authentic, seasonal food, cooked with passion by our kitchen team. From Best Newcomer in 2017 to the Georgina Campbell Café of the Year 2020, we have our fair share of national awards and accolades. At this exciting stage in our development, we are looking for experienced kitchen and waitstaff to join our team.


Kitchen Assistant: Key Responsibilities

  • Carrying out basic cleaning tasks as efficiently and quickly as possible.
  • Collecting and wash up of pots and pans.
  • Cleaning crockery and cutlery and ensuring that food prep areas are kept clean and ready.
  • Dealing with deliveries of equipment and food.
  • Ensuring the storeroom remains well organised.
  • Making sure work areas, floors and walls are clean and sanitised.
  • The role will include basic food prep including preparing food to GROWHQ recipes and methods, baking and basic food prep, plating up.
  • Assist chefs with stock rotation, stock control and HACCP


Qualifications, Experience, & Competencies

We are looking for an experienced and qualified individual who shares GIY’s culture, vision and values. Our ideal candidate would have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a similar role
  • Experience in a fast-moving Food & Beverage business
  • A proven passion for hyper-local, seasonal food and for preserving and foraging
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work with a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Team player who values integrity and respect
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A passion for healthy, seasonal, local and home-grown food and understands how food-growing can change the way we think about food, nutrition and health


GROW HQ is proud to be the Irish hub for Chef’s Manifesto: an advocacy hub building a community of chef’s around the world, equipped with the skills to create a better food system for all. In GROW HQ there are no barriers between where food is grown, cooked, and eaten. Our award-winning café serves the most nutritious, delicious, seasonal food and we put veg centre stage, while also showcasing the finest free-range, local meat, poultry, fish and cheese.

GROW HQ includes a 65 seat café, 40 seat terrace, food truck, shop, grow school, cookery school, food garden and  is the home base for GIY. Founded in Waterford in 2009, GIY is an award-winning social enterprise that supports people around the world to live happier, healthier and more sustainable lives by growing some of their own food.

We support people to develop ‘food empathy’ – a deeper connection with food and respect for the people and planet that put it on our tables. Our mission is to inspire and enable a global movement of food growers whose collective actions will help to create a more fair, resilient and sustainable food system. We aim to inspire 100 million people to grow some of their own food for the UN’s Decade of Action for Climate Change by 2030.



To apply please email [email protected] with your CV and a cover letter explaining your fit with the criteria outlined above. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.