sous chef


Job Description

sous chef full time

at wagamama, we’re an eating house for the soul. with over 160 uk restaurants and growing, our purpose is to nourish the world from bowl to soul. inspired by fast-paced, japanese ramen bars since 1992. a celebration of asian food brought wagamama to life

we’re looking for a sous chef to join us on our continuous journey of true nourishment

the role

as a sous chef at wagamama, you’ll support the kitchen management team to oversee all aspects of our back of house operation the wagamama way. embodying our people promise + values through how you show up at work, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the quality of our food, managing inventory and various kitchen operations. you will develop and grow our junior chefs, ensuring they are engaged, motivated and meeting wagamama standard. you’ll be passionate about people, fresh food + cooking and have experience in managing and motivating a team to meet high standards, this is great role for those also looking to progress their career to head chef in the future

perks + quirks

  • £13.80 per hour + £1000 bonus opportunity per year + £34 average tips per week

  • internal progression opportunities fully funded apprenticeship programmes to support your growth

  • £14 – £25 of free food allowance on every shift

  • 50% discount at wagamama + 30% off all other trg brands with family and friends

  • dry-cleaned chef whites provided every shift

  • dedicated 4-week training programme

  • pension scheme + 28 days holiday

  • kintsugi wellness access to councillors, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym + leisure

  • family friendly policy any expectant person or anyone adopting a child will receive 26 weeks full pay + 13 weeks half pay

  • financial wellbeing support access to loans repaid through your salary for those ‘strapped for cash’ moments in life

what we look for

  • experience managing or supervising a kitchen team and taking ownership in your role through positive behaviours + actions

  • a strong communicator, that has real conversations with consideration + care, supporting your management team in making sure your kitchen is performing at a high standard of service

  • experienced in supporting to ensure your kitchen’s food, health and safety standards are spotless

  • aware of the financial performance of a kitchen including gp and stock control

  • experienced in managing the labour and rotas

  • passionate about creating an inclusive environment where your team feel respected + that they belong

  • an individual who leads to inspire and engage their team to nourish + flourish in their role and career

  • passionate about working with fresh food, you won’t find microwaves or heat lamps here!

the wagamama way

kaizen, meaning ‘good change’, is the philosophy that sits at the core of who we are. it shapes every dish we create and pushes us to find better ways in all we do. our food, how we think, how we work, it has to be fresh. committed to championing change in both our communities + the impact on the planet

three whole decades of acting different, we don’t conform, we celebrate difference. appreciating personality over perfection. welcoming everyone and their unique story to our benches. we promise to have your back. working together to build close bonds of trust + support. creating safe spaces where we can have real conversations with open hearts + open minds

all we ask is for you to dish up what makes you different?

be you, be wagamama

100% of tips go to our teams. average tips are based on back of house management positions across all our uk restaurants between 29/05/23 + 02/07/23. actual tips by restaurant will vary. tips are left solely at our guests discretion and are not considered as wages by the company nor are they guaranteed in any way