New Job! Adopt a School London/SE-based Chef Lecturer

Publish Date: January 13, 2022 Posted By: Juliet Snow


Job Title:   London-based Chef Lecturer
£30,000-£32,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
Hours /Days:    Based on full time, but can be flexible
Employment Period: Fixed term
Reports to: 
Adopt a School Executive Director/Executive Chef
Job Location: Home-based with regular travel around London/Kent


Founded in 1990, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust (AAS) is a national charity delivering food education in schools. The Adopt a School team, members of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, and those in the hospitality industry trained by us, work with a local school with the aim of passing on their knowledge and expertise. Our vision is that every child learns about food in a holistic sense and has the confidence to eat well, be healthy and happy. Our programme helps children to develop healthy eating habits and encourages an enthusiasm and interest in food and cooking, as well as giving an insight into the hospitality industry.


Job Description

Job Purpose

  • To work primarily in the geographic area of London and surrounding areas.
  • To deliver workshops to primary school children - mainly in schools, but also on farms, in hospitals, referral units, community centres, and at festivals.
  • To identify, train and work with local chefs, front of house professionals and volunteers to promote the activities of Adopt a School and support them in their delivery of sessions in schools.
  • To build networks within the community to promote Adopt a School.


Role Responsibilities

  • Deliver Adopt a School sessions as detailed in the Resource Pack, or as agreed beforehand with the Adopt a School Executive Chef and/or Executive Director.
  • Identify and visit schools that may be interested in being part of Adopt a School and work with teachers at the schools to plan activities.
  • Ensure all local volunteers, chefs and hospitality professionals receive Adopt a School training before delivering sessions.
  • Assist in the training and support of chefs, hospitality professionals and volunteers to deliver sessions to school children in line with Adopt a School’s philosophy.
  • Regularly liaise with the Adopt a School team and provide a weekly record of all activities (by email).
  • Ensure the Adopt a School team are informed of any changes to planned activities.
  • Manage own budget, expenses and costings for paid-for sessions.
  • Keep up-to-date with teaching methods and any curriculum changes related to food education.
  • Uphold the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ six food philosophy pillars for sustainability.
  • Liaise regularly with new and existing Academicians (members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts) and chefs in the area.
  • Generally promote the activities of the Adopt a School programme in order to raise greater awareness in both education and culinary circles.
  • Attend quarterly review meetings and any other associated meetings.
  • Any other reasonable responsibilities as defined by the Adopt a School Trust. This role will evolve with the changing needs of the organisation and you are expected, with support, to adapt to these changes.


Person Specification

Essential skills and behaviours:

  • Industry experience preferably in a professional kitchen
  • A passion for food and food education and awareness of food provenance and regional producers
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Strong team skills
  • Customer service attitude
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Accountability
  • Punctuality and excellent presentation


Essential requirements:

  • NVQ Level 2 Food Preparation and Cooking, or equivalent qualification, minimum. Level 3 or above preferred.
  • Hold a food handler’s certificate and demonstrate solid knowledge of food hygiene
  • Attend Adopt a School training and shadow a team member during probation period, and before delivering any sessions
  • Prepared to work some weekends and to set off early to arrive at schools in a timely fashion, as required
  • Able to work from home to complete paperwork, food preparation, planning, communications etc.
  • Have sufficient storage space for equipment and disposables as well as suitable refrigeration for food storage
  • Own vehicle and a clean driving licence
  • Willing to drive many miles to fulfil the needs of the role
  • Prepared to be DBS checked prior to starting in the role, complete safeguarding training and adhere to safeguarding procedures.


Desirable attributes:

  • Teaching/demonstration experience
  • Knowledge of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts


How To Apply
If you would like an informal chat about what the role involves prior to applying, please call our Executive Chef, Idris Caldora, on 07967 009631.


To apply, please send your CV AND cover letter to by 5pm on Friday 28th January. Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 31st January at Westminster Kingsway College, London. Your cover letter should highlight your interest in Adopt a School and your motivation for undertaking this job. Please detail your relevant experience, ensuring this is in line with the job description and person specification.


The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate against any candidate on the basis of any characteristic protected by the Equality Act 2010.