Head Chef In Horto Kitchen

Chef Development Programme

What is it?
A structured 12 month development programme designed to facilitate the development of core and advanced culinary skills. Training is delivered through a series of monthly bite-size master classes/workshops with a practical focus.

Is it for me?
If you are looking to start a career as a chef then YES!
Whether you are a graduate, school leaver, entry-level commis chef or looking for a career change, our Chef Development Programme could kick start your passion into a job you love.

When does the programme start?
We welcome applications throughout the year, and the 12 month programme can begin at any during the year to suit the individual.

What to Expect
It’s a full time hands-on role working across all three of our kitchens with an agreed set of training objectives for you to complete. 

As part of your working week you will complete monthly in house training courses, delivered by our senior head chefs, Rudding Park Executive Chef, and Consultant Chef and familiar face on the Yorkshire Cookery scene, Stephanie Moon.

Areas covered will include:

  • Menu inspiration, planning and costing
  • Butchery and supplier visits
  • Seasonality and our kitchen garden
  • Wastage, food safety and hygiene.

You will have the opportunity to work with Steph Moon on some very exciting external events during the year.

You will work across all aspects of food production and delivery at Rudding Park, spending three months in each of our kitchens:

Fixed term, full time, 40-hour contract.

In addition, you will be entitled to enhanced pay and a share of the tronc (tips, paid quarterly) You will also be eligible for the Rudding Park team discounts and work perks. Throughout this programme you will be supported and mentored by Matthew Wilkinson, Executive Chef and Steph Moon, Consultant Chef.

Subject to availability we can offer live in accommodation for an agreed period if required.


3 month stints in the following kitchens:

  • Production and Pastry
  • Meetings & Events
  • 3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant
  • Clocktower Brasserie

Monthly Masterclasses and Workshops (2 hour sessions unless otherwise specified):

January Hygiene and food safety with Steph Moon and Matthew Wilkinson

February Butchery Masterclass with Steph Moon

March Equipment with Steph and a member of the maintenance department

April Inspiration - How to do a cookery demo with Callum Bowmer and Steph Moon. You will then have the opportunity to take part in a Rudding Park kitchen demo with a live audience

May Menu planning with Steph Moon and Glenn Morrill

June Costings with Steph Moon and Matthew Wilkinson

July Wastage with Steph and Eddie Gray

August Kitchen Garden with Steph Moon and a member of the garden team

September Pest control with Steph Moon and Matthew Wilkinson

October Fish masterclass

November Supplier visit

December Festive with Steph Moon and Eddie Gray

During the year, chefs will be invited to work with Steph on a culinary event outside Rudding Park, such as the Skipton Dales Festival.

On successful completion of the programme you will receive a certificate and an engraved knife set.

Career Opportunities
Throughout the programme you will have acquired core and advanced culinary skills to support your aspirations to become a Chef. You will also be fast tracked through the recruitment process for any suitable at Rudding Park vacancies.