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Kitchen Assistant - Medicine Kitchen

We're looking for a

Kitchen Assistant - Medicine Kitchen

National Living Wage
Hours per week


42 Acres, Holt Road, Witham Friary, Frome BA11 5HL

Start date:

As soon as possible

About the role

Inviting a motivated, confident, joyful person to join our Medicine Kitchen Team as Kitchen Assistant/ Kitchen Porter  at our pioneering organic farm and well-being centre designed to serve people and planetary well-being. This is an entry level role but there are opportunities for development if you are interested and motivated to progress. 

About 42 Acres

42 Acres is a growing Regenerative Estate and Wellbeing Retreat.  Our accommodation, experiences and events all share one vision: to promote living in harmony with nature, self and others. Currently operating in the UK, we are home to a stunning farmhouse estate alongside an experimental, organic working farm in Somerset.  We have a clear philosophy, focused on  biodiversity, inner work, and collaboration, in service of human and planetary wellbeing.

It is a place where food is grown and foraged onsite, and its suppliers are almost exclusively local and ethical. With a strong philosophy to deliver unforgettable experiences for every guest, 42 Acres runs almost exclusively on renewable energy and much of the almost 200-acre setting is dedicated to nature restoration and wildlife.

The Role:

We are looking for a kitchen assistant/kitchen porter who will support our Medicine Kitchen team to deliver deeply nutritional, wholesome food.   You will be invaluable to the team in delivering the health and safety standards of the kitchen ensuring it is sanitised and tidy at all times. A willingness to work within the team and meet the requirements to keep services and spaces meeting and exceeding expected standards is important.   You will be part of the team delivering retreats and events which may be situated indoors but will also involve outdoor fire cooking and working from our off-grid Woodland Kitchen. 

How you would make an impact

This role is within the catering and guest-experience team.  Key accountabilities include:

Supporting Kitchen Team (80%) 

You will be:

  • Keeping kitchen work surfaces clean and sanitised (counters, sinks, stoves, walls)
  • Washing all cooking equipment fast and effectively 
  • Wash all dinnerware, utensils and cutlery fast to keep them in rotation
  • Sweep and mop floors at the beginning and end of shifts
  • Keep food and supply storage areas clean and organised
  • Be ready to clean up spills quickly to avoid accident or injury and ensure smooth operations in the kitchen
  • Take out the rubbish and clean bins
  • Carry out a deep clean weekly
  • Supporting kitchen staff by taking on routine food prep tasks (peeling, chopping vegetables)
  • Arrange equipment and ingredient deliveries
  • Keep food storage areas organised supporting chefs in a specific work section.
  • washing, peeling and preparing food items.
  • using a variety of kitchen equipment such as mixers, special knives and cutters
  • Clean tables and tiny the tea station areas ensuring the area is stocked with teas and snacks
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to
  • Working to maintain our positive environmental impact 
  • Using your skills to support the team to be the best you can be 
  • Ensuring the team adheres to health and safety regulations

Guest Experience

42 Acres core vision centres around supporting others to connect to nature, themselves and each other. These beliefs are at the heart of the offering at 42 Acres - we weave together opportunities for  deepening connection and this is also  at the heart of our culture here.  

We encourage fluid working to foster these connections and support one another to deliver an unforgettable guest experience.  In reality this means you will at times be required to  support the production team, gardens team and  guest experience team with housekeeping, production, working retreats, whole self service activities, fire cooking events and other events that enable you to support the team, immerse yourself in 42 Acres and connect with nature!

  • maintaining the highest standards of hospitality in the presence of all guests and visitors
  • communicating and presenting our food philosophy to guests at every opportunity

You will be

  • Interest in Soil to Gut philosophy, farming and ingredients (desirable)
  • Although we have a strong plant based focus mainly, we do cook with the well sourced meat and dairy produce and therefore we are looking for someone who is willing and able prepare these ingredients (essential)
  • Understanding of Health & Safety in the kitchen (desirable)
  • Ability to work with speed and efficiency with a high level of organisation (essential)
  • an excellent command of written and spoken English (essential)
  • experience within a similar industry (desirable)

About you

  • clear confident and effective communicator (essential)
  • agile and resilient - able to respond to changes in internal and external environment (essential)
  • able to manage workload of competing priorities (essential)
  • Strong sense of teamwork (essential)
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills (essential) 
  • Due to the nature of hospitality you must be able to work Monday - Sunday according to team rotas (essential)

What we can offer

  • Regular team lunches and full team gatherings
  • Access to 173 Acres of land including lake, forest and woodland sauna
  • Staff fridge, regularly stocked with beautiful produce from our biodynamic gardens
  • Access to personal development and training fund and opportunity to work with an experienced and passionate team
  • Opportunity to attend retreats and 42 Acres hosted events
  • Contact with the industry's leading practitioners, facilitators, and thought leaders
  • Free weekly Yoga
  • Discounted on-site massage
  • Healthcare Cash Plan scheme
  • ‘My Wellness’ Employee Assistance Programme including counselling support, GP helpline and health & lifestyle analysis
  • Opportunity to learn about sustainable food, farming, foraging and improving your wellbeing
  • Discounted accommodation and food produce

This is a permanent, full-time role. Your salary is based on an average of 40 hours of work per week, which will fluctuate significantly during certain periods of the year.  You are expected to be present during retreats, usually between 0700 and 2200, and mainly across weekends.  We run the space 52 weeks a year and will encourage you to take annual leave in between the busy programme periods to make sure you have time to recharge.

There is no public transport to 42 Acres.  It is best accessed by car so you will need the ability to travel to a remote rural location.

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