Chef at Riara Group of Schools

The origins of The Riara Group of Schools go back to the Balmoral Kindergarten which existed on Riara Road and was owned by an English lady before Kenya’s Independence. The Balmoral Kindergarten was for expatriate children only. The name Balmoral came from Balmoral Road which later changed to Riara Road in 1974. The Gachukia’s acquired The Riara road property in 1974. The Kindergarten then had about 20 children, including European, Israelis and some Japanese children. There were no African children as during the colonial period Africans would not have been allowed into the school. In 1974 when the Gachukia’s took over the property, it comprised a residential house and the Kindergarten. The Gachukia’s still live in the same house in the school compound. At that time the Kindergarten used the old section of what is today the sound studio next to the school dining hall and the three classrooms which are today the blue class, the red class and the yellow class. The sandpit was where the school kitchen now stands. Since 1974 a lot of changes have taken place. The name of the school was changed from Balmoral to Riara and opened its doors to more African children.

Location: Kilimani,

Salary:  Competitive,

Riara Food Court is a restaurant based along Riara Road in Kilimani, Nairobi. We are looking to hire a well-experienced Chef responsible for ensuring that the standard and quality of the food production and hygiene is maintained at the highest level at all times. The successful candidate will have a hands-on approach, attention to detail and a positive work attitude.


  • Prepare food/beverages of the required quality and quantity at the right time.
  • Work within existing food health and safety guidelines at work.
  • Requisition of stock, materials, supplies or equipment (maintain records on a daily basis)
  • Ensure that high standards of hygiene and health are maintained in the kitchen.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a team at the restaurant.
  • Ensure that all equipment used is in safe working order, checked regularly and serviced.
  • Report customer compliments and complaints immediately to the management where necessary.
  • Maintaining safety standards throughout all food preparation and storage areas.
  • Evaluate food products to ensure that quality standards are consistently attained
  • Maintain the inventory record of all kitchen supplies
  • Plan orders of equipment or ingredients according to identified shortages
  • Approve the requisition of products and other necessary food supplies.
  • Delegate duties to kitchen staff as per the menu requirements
  • Ensure wastage is minimized by careful supervision of food preparation methods
  • Ensure proper hygienic storage methods are utilized to prevent food loss

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Diploma/A certificate in hotel and catering management or food and beverage from a recognized institution.
  • Must have a valid medical certificate/ food handlers’ medical certificate.
  • Should have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the catering industry (including pastries and beverages)
  • Proficiency in computer applications & record keeping.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure; (weekends and public holidays) with minimal supervision.
  • Experience of high volume catering in a busy work place preferably.

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