Chef / cook


Cook - full time / permanent

Everyone is looking for cooks at the moment. Why should you consider a move to Outward Bound?

This is a tough industry. Join us and you’ll be part of a team that genuinely cares about you, with a great work/life balance. You'll also go to work knowing you're making a difference to thousands of young people every year.

What you'll be doing...

Location: You'll work in a large, spacious kitchen, taking the lead on prepping and serving wholesome, home cooked meals to 130 young people at Outward Bound Ullswater or Howtown.
Contract: Permanent / full time / 40 hours a week. (And we only expect you to work 40 hours... not more than your contract as can often happen in hospitality).
Salary: circa £23,000 depending on experience
Holidays: 32 days a year including public holidays (rising by a day a year to a maximum of 38 days).

You will make a difference

This job is much more than just cooking. You’ll be part of something really worthwhile. Outward Bound is a charity. Thousands of young people come to our centres every year for a few days of outdoor learning and adventure. Most of them have never left the city they live in, never mind come to the Lake District and see hills and sheep!

Your food will give them the energy to get to the top of a mountain, row across the lake and climb up a waterfall. Without you, they simply won't have the physical energy to power through their week.

It's good working here...
  • No split shifts or late nights
  • Weekends off (until Easter 2022)
  • Every Christmas and New Year off
  • Spacious, well equipped, open plan kitchens
  • You get to chat to your customers
  • Flexible working options
  • Training, development and progression
  • Uniform provided including a Berghaus jacket (rrp £250)
  • Meals on shift
  • Cycle to work scheme
Young people on adventure
Apply now...

If you have any questions or are ready to apply, please speak to Michael.

Call / WhatsApp / text - 07860 613 195
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We know that confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect candidate. So however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

Please note: Outward Bound Ullswater and Howtown are in beautiful, lake shore locations. But they're both out of town, so ideally you'll have your own transport (we have free parking places for you on site) or be able to access public transport. And if we offer you the job, you'll be asked to do a DBS check.

800x500 Eskdale dining room
400x250 trangier outside
400x500 sea and rocks
400x250 girl with stove
400x500 camp fire
800x500 group eating on top of hill
1600x800 Howtown view
Ullswater (not a bad view!)