A Day In The Life Of A Relief Chef

It’s the first half of April and the Easter school holidays have kicked off, the bank holiday weekend was a very busy time, I was sent to a local nursing home just down the road from where I live.  The home has 50 residents to prepare meals for and their permanent cook had fallen ill.  As I am CRB checked through my agency I am able to work at establishments with vulnerable adults as well as children.

Its Monday morning, the sun is shining and the snow has started to melt so I’m able to dig my car out of the drive ready to set off to North Wales. I have a 4 week contract at a 2AA Rosette restaurant. As this contract is 4 hours from home I’m provided with complimentary live in accommodation in the staff house and travel expenses for one return journey which will be paid on completion of the contract.
The Life Of A Relief Chef
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It’s been a good start to the year, I’ve done quite a bit of local work, some odd days filling in at schools and nursing homes for sickness and holiday cover. Now that the relief work has started to pick up there are lots of contracts coming up all over the country. As I am happy to travel and work Nationwide the contracts that are offered to me can be anything from a 4star corporate hotel in the Midlands, to a busy seafood restaurant in the highlands of Scotland. The work is very varied and I enjoy meeting new people and working in different types of establishments.

As a Relief Chef, I keep all of my upcoming contracts in a diary, so I can keep up to date with where I am going and how much I am being paid. For the relief contracts that I carry out I am paid anything between £9-13phr, I work a minimum of 40 hours per week if I am booked out for a week’s work. Some weeks during the height of the summer season I can work up to 50 hours but I am paid for all of the hours I work.

Being a Relief Chef, I can take time off when it suits me and my family life; I usually take a couple weeks off in January when the relief work quietens down a little after the Christmas period. When I need time off I contact the Relief Chef consultants with the dates so they can then work around my holidays with relief work.

Being a Relief Chef fits in well with my personal life, I enjoy travelling around the country, meeting new people and working in different establishments.

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