Jake joins the Adkins & Cheurfi team!

This week, we were delighted to welcome a new face to the Adkins & Cheurfi office…

Jake Cockburn joined us this week with prior experience as a Finance Assistant, in his new role as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant he will be supporting the existing team and developing his own contacts and clients alike. We wish Jake great success in his new role and we are excited to see how your desk develops as we loom closer to the new year!

Jake can be reached on jake@adkinscheurfi.co.uk / 0191 5166118 👍

Q4 Chef Newsletter!



We are coming to the last quarter here at Adkins & Cheurfi Recruitment, it has been another amazing year and a great success for us all. We are excited to finish the year off on a high with the busy festive period approaching! We are always on the lookout for more chefs! If you know a chef that is looking for temporary or permanent work, send them to us and receive a referral fee after the candidate has worked 6 consecutive weeks.


Just a few reminders …

All candidates MUST wear correct uniform before attending shifts. If you require any uniform, please inform your consultants and uniform will be sent out to you. We have enough stock of personalised chef whites, aprons, safety shoes, t-shirts, and trousers. Please contact your consultants if you need any uniform.

If you are going to have smoke breaks during your shift, it is vital that you wash your hands before returning to the kitchen.

 If you cannot attend your shift, you must follow the no show policy and contact your consultant immediately, let them know that you cannot attend and your reason why. If your consultant does not answer, please call the out of hours number 0191 516 6118 and let the member of staff know that you cannot attend the shift.


Timesheets are essential……

Timesheets must be filled out correctly (name, date, client/location, client contact) and ensure that they are signed by the client and yourself at the end of every shift. Timesheets must be sent by 10am on Monday to timesheets@adkinscheurfi.co.uk – Payroll closes at 12pm! Any timesheets that get sent after this or get sent to consultant phones or emails will not be getting processed and will result in delayed payments.


Have you sent in your certificate?

We are keeping on top of our compliance and have noticed there are still some candidates that have not sent us their Food Safety Certificates. Please send this over to myself or Jak via email as soon as possible salima@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or jak@adkinscheurfi.co.uk If your certificate has expired and you require a new one, please speak to your consultant and they can assist by putting you through the Level 2 Food Safety course – free of charge.

As always, we are here if you need any support or just need someone to talk to, please feel free to contact myself on 07946136378 or Jak on 07535064303.

Dean and Melika are always on hand to help with anything you need.

Thank you all again for all your help this year!

⭐ Chef Spotlight: Craig ⭐

We’re always ken to showcase our talented chefs and celebrate their successes, our chef spotlight this week goes to Craig who has worked for Adkins & Cheurfi over the last year in a vast range of venues.

❓ What inspired you to become a chef?

Growing up in a large farming family cooking was the heart to many days, I have fond memories learning to cook with my grandmother and great aunties starting back when I was 5/6 each weekend as a boy, which inspired me to cook more and more and I had fond memories of game shooting with my dad and grandad each weekend on are local estate and over are farm, game was a staple thing we had daily from venison to pheasant- rabbit wood cock – duck…Sunday lunch followed family round the kitchen label 13 of us each Sunday followed by a late afternoon tea with homemade scones jam – quiche – cakes – apple pie from the apples in the garden.  The memories that pushed me forward to make a career in food.


❓ If you had to describe your cooking style, what would it be?

My cooking style has changed over the years starting of as a boy I was brought up on old Scottish classics comfort food at its best. Once leaving school I went on to college to do city and guilds hospitality award, then moving of in to a professional kitchen back the early 90s the style French classic were still alive and thriving. Two of my mentors John Beal and Ray Johnson, Terry Laybourne both drummed in to me the classical ways, but like everything things move on. Once I left the northeast to find others paths in my career I found myself in London for 3 years and then on the France before returning to the Scottish borders & Northumberland. After working in many high end hotels and restaurants I never found my own style until I hit my 30s taking over a Caley Palace in Castle Douglas I found my passion for local- vibrant fresh produce showing of what the countryside has to offer…whilst working in Claridges a Mr Williams told me a bit of advice keep things simple allow the ingredients to do the work and cook the food you enjoy to eat.

❓ Share with us one our your career milestones

25 years in the industry I’ve seen a lot and heard a lot, working with some great names and some great places with some fantastic talent…I’d say I have 2 pinnacles heading up Alnwick Castle and Close House for 8 years opened doors to me I thought would never happen. Cooking for Percy family and international royals topped the cart for me from the British/Spanish Royal family to the late Queen. 

❓ Why did you decide to join Adkins & Cheurfi?

I decided to join Adkins and Cheurfi as a new venture and in my career to keep day to day life interesting, back late last year I set up my own Ltd company which specialises in providing great dinning experience- working for Dean and Melika  through the agency opened more doors and allowed me to be more flexible with work and home life.

❓ If you could choose 3 people to invite to a dinner party that you could cook for, who would they be?

If I had to choose 3 guests for dinner it would have to be my best mate James as we’ve friends since infant school party’s, nights out and BBQ’s aren’t the same without his humour. My 2nd choice is my grandad who’s advice and support has put me were I am today. 3rd last but not least my wife as she’s my biggest critic 🤣




Chef de Partie

We are looking to recruit a talented Chef de Partie for one of our longstanding clients in Stockton-on-Tees. This role will involve a varied programme of weddings and events, a vibrant restaurant & a busy café.

The venue:

Privately owned estate, family run business. Award winning 4* hotel and weddings venue, spa and restaurant.


  • Preparing, cooking and presenting high quality dishes within the speciality section

  • Assisting the Head Chef and Sous Chef in creating menu items, recipes and developing dishes

  • Preparing meat and fish

  • Assisting with the management of health and safety

  • Assisting with the management of food hygiene practices

  • Managing and training any Commis Chefs

  • Monitoring portion and waste control

  • Overseeing the maintenance of kitchen and food safety standards


  • Experience in working in a busy hotel or restaurant would be advantageous

  • Experience in preparing food to a high standard

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Experience in working at weddings or a red star hotel would be desirable but not essential


  • Day-time hours

  • Wednesday – Sunday, with every Monday & Tuesday off.

  • Weekly hourly pay

  • Uniform provided after probation period

Job Type: Permanent

Salary: £26,000.00-£28,000.00 per year


In the vibrant world of hospitality, where guest experiences reign supreme, an often overlooked aspect can be the cultivation of a robust employer brand. Beyond luxurious accommodations and delectable cuisine, hospitality businesses must also curate an environment that attracts and retains top talent. This is where the magic of employer branding comes into play.

Employer branding in the hospitality industry goes beyond showcasing amenities; it’s about creating a captivating narrative that entices individuals to become a part of your team. It’s the promise of a workplace where creativity thrives, skills are nurtured, and careers flourish.

Crafting an effective hospitality employer brand involves highlighting the unique culture that shapes your business. From the smiles exchanged between staff members to the shared passion for delivering impeccable service, these nuances form the heart of your identity as an employer.

Embrace the power of visual storytelling. Let the world see the vibrant camaraderie among your team, the moments of triumph, and the growth journeys of your employees. Share authentic testimonials that provide insight into the day-to-day experiences that make your workplace exceptional.

Investing in your employer brand elevates your business in the eyes of potential candidates. It conveys that you are not just offering a job but an opportunity to be part of an extraordinary journey. In a sector where hospitality is paramount, an appealing employer brand is the secret ingredient that turns ordinary roles into remarkable careers.

We have compiled the below top tips to aid your employer branding;

  1. Define Your Unique Value Proposition (UVP): Clearly communicate what sets your business apart from others. Highlight your company culture, values, employee benefits, and growth opportunities.
  2.  Showcase Your Team: Feature your current employees in profiles, testimonials, or videos. Highlight their experiences, career paths, and contributions to the business, giving potential candidates a glimpse into your team’s dynamics.
  3. Craft Compelling Job Descriptions: Write engaging and detailed job descriptions that not only outline responsibilities but also convey your company’s culture and the impact the role will have on the business.
  4. Employee Testimonials and Stories: Feature stories of employees who have grown within your organization. Share their journeys, challenges, and achievements to showcase career advancement opportunities.
  5. Prioritize Work-Life Balance: Emphasize your commitment to work-life balance and any flexible work arrangements your business offers. This is particularly important in the hospitality industry, known for demanding schedules
  6. Invest in Training and Development: Highlight any training and development programs you offer to help employees enhance their skills and advance in their careers. This demonstrates your commitment to employee growth.
  7. Embrace Diversity and Inclusion: Showcase your commitment to diversity and inclusion by sharing stories and initiatives that promote a welcoming and inclusive work environment.
  8. Highlight Career Progression: Demonstrate clear paths for career progression within your hospitality business. Share success stories of employees who have moved up the ranks.
  9. Interactive Recruitment Events: Host recruitment events or webinars that allow potential candidates to interact with your team and learn more about your business. This can offer a more personal touch to the recruitment process.
  10. Engage with Online Reviews: Respond professionally to online reviews, whether positive or negative. Showcase your commitment to addressing concerns and improving the employee experience.

Chef Newsletter

Chef Newsletter

We are halfway through the year and coming up to one of the busiest times!

Your support has been amazing, and we can’t thank you enough for this.

We are still running the refer a friend incentive, if you know any chefs who want to join our agency, get them on board and receive a referral fee once the candidate has worked for 6 consecutive weeks.


We are also getting our compliance in order. Please send your Food Safety Certificates to myself salima@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or jak@adkinscheurfi.co.uk. These certificates are critical, and all chefs must present these. If you haven’t got your food safety certificate or if it is out of date, then we can assist by putting you through the Level 2 food safety course – free of charge.


As you already know Adkins & Cheurfi have had a few changes within the business. All candidates should now have the NEW Adkins & Cheurfi timesheets. If you don’t have the new timesheets, please ask your consultant and they will be sent some out to you.


Timesheets must be filled out and signed correctly at the end of every shift. All timesheets must state your name, date, client location and timesheets must be SIGNED by yourself and the client. Timesheets must be sent to timesheets@adkinscheurfi.co.uk – any timesheets that have been sent to consultants’ phones or emails will not be processed. All timesheets must be sent to the timesheets email by 10am NO LATER! Payroll now closes at 12pm, any timesheets sent after this will not be processed and pay will be delayed.

We look to continue growing the business, gain new clients and new candidates within North and South regions and expand in other areas, but we cannot achieve this without your support.

As always Dean and Melika are always on hand to help with anything, and you can always contact them directly.

Jak and I are also there if you need us, we will contact you weekly to check in and see how you are and what your availability is.

Overall, thank you for all your help so far and let’s continue to make this year a massive success for us all!


Salima & Jak.

P.S. Jak no longer has hair… Please feel free to send him any tips on how to protect his head.



Care & Education Newsletter 2023

Hello Everyone ,

Welcome to our first Care & Education Newsletter of 2023 and we hope you have all had a well-deserved easter break ! We have had a crazy busy start to the year and cant wait to see how things keep progressing moving into Q2.


The Care & Education team is still growing as fast as ever. I joined Adkins and Cheurfi in 2022 last year. Fast forward to now i have been promoted to a Trainee Recruitment Consultant within the Care & Education department. Many of you have probably spoken with me as I continue to manage the kitchen assistants in schools and care homes. All candidates have been hardworking and dedicated , and we are always on the hunt for more! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for kitchen assistant work within the North East. Send your CV to chloe@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or alternatively call the office on 0191 5166 118.


I joined Adkins & Cheurfi in August 2021 as a business admin apprentice. Shortly after this , I was promoted in April 2022 to an apprentice consultant. During this period I looked after and managed the Kitchen Assistant desk. Most of you will have spoken with me regarding work. In January 2023 I got promoted to a Trainee Consultant. I now manage the chef desk for the Care & Education department. Candidates at Adkins & Cheurfi are amazing to manage and we always get positive feedback from our clients. As our team is growing each day we are always keen and looking for more chefs to join our agency in all aspects. If this is something you would be interested in please contact me at lucijo@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or call the office on 0191 5166 118.



Just a few more updates and reminders , regarding uniforms please have a read through our uniform policy 2023 (via website). Carry on sending all timesheets to timesheets@adkinscheurfi.co.uk and if you would like to complete your food safety certificate please dont hesitate to ask and we will send you the link.

Thank you from both of us for all of your hard work so far this year and we look forward to seeing how successful this year will be !



North East Expo Spring 2023

We’re delighted to be attending and exhibiting at the North East Expo at Kingston Park Stadium this Spring!

After many years of our consultants attending this busy event as delegates, this year we will be exhibiting our Hospitality & Commercial recruitment services.

Save the date-  Thursday 27th April 2023 – https://northeastexpo.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Happy National Apprenticeship Week! 🎉

Today, we celebrate the importance of apprenticeships in shaping the future of work and providing opportunities for individuals to gain valuable skills and experience.

At Adkins & Cheurfi Recruitment, we value the contributions of our apprentices and the impact they have on our team. They bring fresh perspectives, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic that enriches our workplace and supports our mission.

We want to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all of our apprentices for their hard work and dedication, and for choosing to embark on this rewarding career path. We are proud to be a part of their journey and to provide them with the tools and support they need to succeed.

Let’s continue to support and promote apprenticeships as a valuable option for career development. #NationalApprenticeshipWeek #ApprenticeshipMatters #InvestInYourFuture

Care & Education Uniform Policy 2023


Welcome back all and happy new year. I hope you all had a nice break and are ready to get back to work. Here at Adkins and Cheurfi we feel this year is going to be a huge year for us all and we appreciate your continued support throughout.

At Adkins and Cheurfi health and safety is at the forefront of everything we do. To make sure that we adhere to all health and safety regulations the PPE policy is as follows.

Uniform Policies relating to KA’s.

  • You must wear all black in the kitchen.
  • Safety shoes are a requirement.
  • Little to no makeup should be worn.
  • Hair should be tied back at all times. (Some clients will request a skull cap to be worn)
  • No jewellery is allowed.

We will send everyone out 1 T-shirt free. I will keep a record if you have had one. Any additional T-shirts will be at a small cost of £5 and we are happy for this to be deducted from your wage.

Adkins and Cheurfi also offer one pair of safety shoes per year for candidates. If you need safety shoes and don’t have any please get in touch. Regarding kitchen safety pants the best place to purchase these would be amazon.

When travelling to work DO NOT travel in the kitchen clothes you are going to work in. You must travel in your own clothes and change when you arrive on site.

Uniform Policies relating to Chef’s:

As per kitchen assistants please do not travel in the clothes you will work in. This is a non-negotiable rule and is a policy here at Adkins and Cheurfi.

As most of you are aware, we do provide a chef jacket which is free of charge for your first one then a small cost of £10. If you are wanting a chef jacket with our logo on it, please email lucijo@adkinscheurfi.co.uk  back with your size and quantity.

Skills levels and training:

  • As a minimum any kitchen worker should have a food safety certificate or allergens. Please if you have one already send it over to either chloe@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or lucijo@adkinscheurfi.co.uk
  • If you don’t have one , as a company we offer a free level 2 food safety course. We will be willing to enroll anyone who doesn’t have one. Please feel free to email or text.

Thankyou from both of us for all of the hard work and dedication from both KA’s and Chefs. We look forward to seeing what 2023 brings us.

Chloe & Lucijo