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We are looking for a true food artist – in the visual sense – who loves plating beautiful dishes and making creative buffets that not only look, but also taste amazing. As food is the world’s most common social connector, we are looking for someone with a passion for food and people, who combines the two to create a warm atmosphere where tasty meals are merrily shared together on long communal tables. The Kitchen Sidekick works closely together with the Head Chef, however will be running the kitchen alone during his/her shifts. He/she is a multitasking octopus, whom loves to chat to guests while cooking up a storm. The objective of the Kitchen Sidekick position is to put a smile on every face coming to the Living Kitchen by cooking tasty, lovely meals and to be the social connecter. The Kitchen Sidekick reports to the Head Chef.

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WHAT IS THE LIVING KITCHEN LIKE? WHAT IS OUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY?
  • The professional kitchen has a residential vibe, 25 seats and a cooking island;
  • You’ll work alongside our head chef, however you will be running the kitchen by yourself during your own shifts;
  • You’re a multitasking octopus: you’d really need to love chatting to guests while cooking up a storm. There’s no one to serve the guests, so they come to you to order and ask questions while cooking.
  • Taste is key; health comes right after;
  • Small assortment with regular changes;
  • Affordable, high quality ingredients; organic and local where possible;
  • Simple; minimum amount of handling;
  • Short end-preparation times;
  • World kitchen (e.g. we love Otto Lenghi);
  • Local kitchen heroes: every now and then we’d love to invite a local chef into the kitchen to cook for the Zoku residents and bring new tastes to the table.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • Prepare the mise en place (washing, cutting, cooking etc)
  • Assess the quality of the products and ingredients (freshness, storage life etc)
  • Create decorative food displays and display food in an attractive way (e.g. 
Otto Lenghi style)
  • Planning of daily tasks and ordering of food products and other stock supplements mainly at fixed suppliers against fixed conditions
  • Receive, control and stock the ordered products and other articles
  • Be in contact with our residents and talk to them while cooking in the open, residential kitchen
  • Maintain good relationships with local kitchen heroes

WHAT WILL YOUR DAY LOOK LIKE?

Chef Intern

Cooking up a storm

Mise en Place

Socialising with residents/guests

Cleaning

WE LOVE PEOPLE WHO... MUST HAVES WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
  • Love to cook healthy dishes;
  • Take initiative and are proactive;
  • Are forward-looking and come in action when necessary;
  • Are quality oriented;
  • Ask guests for feedback about quality and service;
  • Are always focused on striving for the best product and services;
  • Can handle stress and keep their head cool even when its busy;
  • Have an eye for detail;
  • Are orderly, work structured and clean, also during handover of tasks;
  • Have basic knowledge about different food cultures;
  • Have knowledge about local products – also vegetable/herbs that grow on the rooftop garden
  • You are a student that is looking into gaining valuable experience as an intern, as part of your MBO+, HBO (college) or Master degree in the fields of Hospitality or culinary fields.
  • You are fluent in English, other languages are a plus;
  • You are an EU resident or have a valid Dutch working permit;
  • You are fully flexible/no fixed working days/hours;
  • You have a social hygiene certificate;
  • You have provable knowledge of cooking techniques;
  • You have experience with implementing HACCP guidelines
  • 300€ internship allowance per month
  • Full time – 40 hours a week
  • 6 months internship minimum
  • 10 holiday days
  • A cool comfy uniform – no more looking like a log
  • Loads of trainings on the job
  • Cool Benefits
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