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Why work at Darwin Escapes?

Hear straight from our wonderful employees
Vicky Bennett, Go Active Supervisor

I joined Darwin Escapes in February 2014 as a Go Active Instructor. It was the best career move I have ever made. I was sent on all the relevant training courses and helped to be the best in the field allowing me to help carve lasting memories for all our visitors. It is such a dynamic company with fresh challenges every day. The support and training has been so fantastic that I soon earned the promotion to Go Active Supervisor. If you are looking to work for a supportive company who help you to reach your goals then Darwin is the right choice.

Darwin Escapes enjoys continuous success, gaining a range of awards and accolades including 5 star Gold Awards from Visit England and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016 for our Woodside Coastal Retreat on the Isle of Wight. It is this foundation of luxury and high quality throughout our retreats that ensures our continued development and growth, which in turn allows the company to reward hardworking staff with career progression opportunities. This foundation of quality relies on all departments to pull together towards a shared goal of providing fantastic holiday experiences to all of our guests. Chefs and kitchen staff are a vital part of the equation when it comes to fulfilling this goal, providing dining experiences that cement the quality of the brand and create wonderful holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

We understand the value of talented and hardworking chefs, and as such we are always pleased to hear from chefs and cooks who are looking to take their careers to the next level with Darwin Escapes. As a chef working for Darwin Escapes on a permanent basis, you can expect to enjoy:

  • Fantastic Rates of Pay
  • A Pension Scheme
  • Darwin Academy Training
  • Discounted Spa Treatments
  • Discounted Meals at Darwin Escapes’ Restaurants
  • Fee use of Gyms at Darwin Escapes’ Resorts
  • Discounted Holidays at Darwin Escapes’ Resorts

Live in Chef Jobs / Chef Jobs with Accommodation

All jobs which come with accommodation will state so on the job titles of our current vacancies. If you don’t see the specific job role that you are looking for, with or without accommodation, please upload your CV and get in touch, as we are always on the lookout for talented chefs & will evaluate our ability to provide accommodation on a case by case basis.

Work on a Stunning 5* Isle of Wight Resort

Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat and Woodside Coastal Retreat lie adjacent to one another within the beautiful woodland located right next to the beach.

Reopened after an extensive range of redevelopments, Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is a stunning and tranquil resort providing luxury accommodation and scenic views of the ocean. Allowing our guests to completely relax and rejuvenate are the range of facilities and amenities on the resort, which include our blissful spa lodge offering a range of spa treatments enabling holidaymakers to pamper themselves with our luxurious Aromatherapy Associates treatments.

There is also an air conditioned gymnasium that guests staying at both resorts are encouraged to take advantage of. Featuring a range of cardiovascular machines including rowing machines, treadmills and bikes, there are also free weights, medicine balls and resistance machines to help guests tone up and maintain fitness levels in between relaxing strolls on the beach and indulgent meals at the restaurant.

The retreats also share the Kellermans Restaurant. With an interior full of style, character and luxury, it is not uncommon for guests to photograph some of the beautiful finishing-touches to the fishing and boat themed furnishings, which include rope, compass and even buoy styled items. Chefs create a number of delights at the restaurant including starters such as calamari and main dishes including rump and ribeye steaks. Thanks to the success of the restaurant, Woodside Bay is set to open ‘The Braai’ during the summer months and Pizza Alfresco menu utilising the outside wood burner stove.

The Braai will offer a range of South African BBQ style delights, taking advantage of the beautiful views on offer from the outside eating area at the retreat. Food on offer from the BBQ will include a range of exotic steaks, burgers and side options, as well as a number of dishes from the kitchen to include the delicious Durban Curry. Prepared in our wood-fired stove, Pizza Alfresco’s thin and crispy crusted pizzas are sure to be popular. With options to include the Valentina pizza, which comes with Italian Sausage, olives, mozzarella and parsley oil, as well as the Pollo Picante with mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn, tomato and onion; mouth-watering!

Both Woodside Bay and Woodside Coastal retreats are close to the beautiful harbour town of Cowes – home to ‘Cowes Week’, officially the oldest, as well as the largest annual sailing regatta in the World! Also close by both retreats is the seaside town of Ryde, the islands biggest town which is home to dozens of wonderful places to eat, great things to do such as go-karting and the spectacular Ryde Beach.

Working as a Chef for Darwin Escapes

Darwin Escapes is currently the 3rd largest holiday resort operator in the UK with an outstanding portfolio of 20 luxury resorts across England and North Wales. Boasting lodge retreats and popular holiday parks that have been reinvented and developed to increase their appeal, the brand has grown thanks to the tireless work ethic of staff and the valuable industry experience and knowledge that they bring to the table.

Our chefs have also been pivotal to our growth which has seen us become a big player in the industry which caters for the growing demand of people looking to become holiday home, lodge and luxury static caravan owners at UK luxury resorts and retreats. Chefs and the rest of the kitchen and catering team provide part of the holiday experience which sets us apart from the competition. In quirky, luxurious restaurants and eateries full of character, holidaymakers and owners often utilise our facilities to enjoy fine dining experiences and enjoyable lunches that our central to their enjoyment and overall opinion of our resorts and ability to provide top class holidays. As such, we always look to reward hardworking chefs as the company continues to grow and develop.

Chefs - start your career with Darwin Escapes today and see where it takes you. See the list of vacancies above and upload your CV below even if you don’t see a specific job role available – we will get in touch once a suitable vacancy is available!
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