Senior Chef

Reporting to: Head of Food
Role Type: Full time
Remuneration: An attractive and competitive rate

Location: GROW HQ

GROW HQ is the home of GIY and an education, café, retail and garden experience. We are looking for an experienced chef to join our kitchen team at our award winning café, which was national Café of the Year in the 2020 Georgina Campbell Awards. Across our 65 seat café, 40 seat terrace, food truck, shop, grow school, cookery school and food garden; GROW HQ offers the highest standards of customer service and experience.


Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Head Chef in running the GROW HQ kitchen
  • Ensure consistency of produce throughout the kitchen
  • Assist the Head Chef in menu compilation and possess an in-depth knowledge of the full menu
  • Assist the Head Chef in reduction of food waste and efficiencies in the kitchen
  • Ensure consistency of produce throughout the kitchen
  • Supervise service ensuring presentation of food is compliant with restaurant standards
  • Ensure the healthy eating and ‘value-for-money’ ethos is maintained and exemplified
  • Carrying out basic cleaning tasks as efficiently and quickly as possible
  • Cleaning crockery and cutlery and ensuring that food prep areas are kept clean and ready when required
  • Making sure work areas, floors and walls are clean and sanitised
  • Compliance with food labelling and temperature controls
  • Dealing with deliveries of equipment and food
  • Assist head chef with stock rotation, stock control and HACCP
  • Ensuring the storeroom remains well organised
  • To ensure all Health and Safety requirements are rigorously and diligently followed

Qualifications and Experience

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 2 years experience in café or restaurant setting
  • Third Level degree in culinary arts
  • 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
  • Ability to set and work to budgets and KPIs, and thrive in a fast-paced environment

Competencies and Personal Skills

  • Has 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
  • A positive, energetic, resourceful, self-motivated person
  • Maturity, confidence and enthusiasm to succeed in a busy environment and as part of a dynamic team
  • Team player who values integrity and respect
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organisation and its stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills

About the organisation

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.


GROW HQ is also proud to be the Irish hub for Chef’s Manifesto: and 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 is the home base for GIY, 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.

How to Apply  

Please email Alex,, with your CV and cover letter for this role. Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 24th September.