West Lexham eco-retreat centre is recruiting a CHEF

West Lexham Chef

West Lexham is an eco-retreat centre in a beautiful river valley in Norfolk, offering different types of training, retreats and holidays focused around nature, healing and crafts.

Their vision is to grow into a larger Complementary Health Centre, so they are looking to recruit people with whom this vision resonates. They are looking for people who love nature; helping others on their healing journey, and are keen to build a Community Hub. Previous experience and skills in the following role is preferable, but heart, motivation, drive and clarity will be the main determining factors.

Working in their team means that everyone needs to pull their weight. These skills are critical:

• Ambition to grow and develop the business
• Being able to handle, sometimes heavy, workloads efficiently and effectively
• The ability to communicate authentically and kindly to the team and guests
• Self-motivation and the ability to conscientiously, creatively improve systems and output
• Maintaining mutual respect in all circumstances

They are looking to recruit a chef as they are bringing food in-house so we can guarantee that it is made with love. The role will be to create for retreats but also to help start a cafe for holiday guests on site.

A key aspect will be to work with the garden team to produce seasonal and nutritious food. This will also involve foraging and the impetus to create different botanical drinks (as alternative to alcohol) as well as snacks, pickles, preserves, jams, fermentations, etc. It would be an ideal position for someone who is excited by and capable of creating, costing and cooking delicious menus; making plans for necessary staff variations and also teaching guests about how to best nourish themselves and heal through food.

• Open to this being full or part time
• Generous rates of pay depending on experience and skills
• Room to grow and expand in the role
• Help with relocation
• Support & guidance – you will be guided and supported by a dedicated team
• Excellent work environment
• Please contact hr@westlexham.org and put the job description as the email Subject Line
• Include a CV and covering email


• A creative but also a details person
• Very organised, tidy and systematic
• Very IT literate
• Able to lead and get the best out of the team & subcontractors
• Able to give and take honest feedback
• Continually looking for ways to improve things
• Willing to go the extra mile