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Section Chef

Salary: in the range £25,336 to £27,929 per annum (depending on skills and experience)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (exclusive of meal breaks)

Contract Type: Permanent, subject to six months’ probation


Selwyn College, with a reputation for friendliness and good food, is recruiting for a full-time Section Chef. We have recently successfully recruited new members of our Catering Department, and now we have just one or two key vacancies in our Chefs team to fill.


The Section Chef will assist the Head Chef in consistently producing the highest possible standard of food for our students, staff, Fellows and conference guests.


Under the direction of the Deputy Head Chef, the Section Chef will work with other Section Chefs to provide consistently high quality food and introduce innovative dishes to enhance the overall dining experience for our customers. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of food, and the ability to work to tight deadlines while providing excellent service at all times. If you have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and are the kind of person who jumps in to help to ensure service is never compromised, we would love to meet you. 


If you are considering a move to University of Cambridge college hospitality, please take a look at the video on our vacancies page, which provides an insight into the variety of experiences available to those working in this exciting sector:


There is the opportunity for salary progression through performance-based increments. In addition, the College offers excellent benefits, including:

  • Generous occupational pension scheme
  • A free meal on duty
  • Free use of the College gym
  • Free on-site parking
  • Pleasant working environment
  • University of Cambridge staff card (for a small charge), which offers a wide variety perks and local discounts
  • Access to the College Library and University Libraries
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Healthcare benefits*

*subject to completion of probationary period


Our beautiful grounds are generally open to visitors without appointment, so if you would like to have a look around Selwyn prior to submitting your application, you are very welcome to call in at the Porters’ Lodge. If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact us at the email address below and we will be happy to arrange an informal chat with our Head Chef and Head of Catering.


Selwyn College is home to students of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We are proud of our diversity. We are keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community.



Job Description (.pdf)

Application Form (.docx)


How to Apply

Send a completed application form via email to do not send a CV unless this is accompanied by a completed application form.)   

Closing date: Noon Friday 30 June 2023*

Interviews: TBD

*Please note this is being run as a rolling recruitment process. We will be assessing applications, shortlisting and offering interviews as the applications are received. The job will close once a candidate has been appointed, so we strongly encourage early applications.