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42 Acres, Witham Friary, BA11 5HL
Inviting an experienced Chef/Retreat Cook to support our kitchen team in delivering our food offering. You will work as part of the Medicine Kitchen team to deliver amazing food experiences across 42 Acres. We have a strong Food Philosophy that follows the concept of Soil to Gut, local, seasonal and biodynamic food grown on the farm and sourced locally. Home-grown and foraged ingredients are key to our menu and as part of your role you will spend time working alongside our gardening and foraging team. In this role you will develop an understanding of deeply nutritional, wholesome food and communicate our values and food philosophy to guests while they stay.
We have two beautiful open kitchens in addition to our off-grid forest kitchen and Tiny Wild Production Kitchen, all are at the heart of our guest experience.This role supports the delivery and design of the menu and also supports the team with seasonal offerings across all food areas.
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.
This role is within the catering and guest-experience function of the operation. Key accountabilities include:
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!
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.