Q3 Chef Newsletter


We are halfway through the year here at Adkins & Cheurfi Recruitment and what a 6 months it has been, as communicated in our previous newsletter we felt that this could be a huge year for us all and we weren’t wrong! It feels as though the Hospitality sector is back to where it was pre Covid, and we don’t expect the demand and rush to slow down anytime soon. Your support so far this year has been second to none and we can’t thank you enough for that, the second half of the year is going to be just as 

demanding with the football and rugby season starting up again soon and the Christmas period also not far away and we are going to need your continued support! We are still running our refer a friend incentive, so if you know of any chefs who want to come on board with us you will get your referral fee! Tell them to email jak@adkinscheurfi.co.uk and we will look to get them registered and working with us.

As the demand for chefs all over the northeast continues to grow, we felt it was needed that we brought in extra to help with this growth. Christian Walker has come on board with us and will be looking after Chefs and Clients in the South Region. Christian is a highly experienced chef with over 15 years’ experience! He has gone full circle with us, from once being on our books working

with clients that most of you work with now to becoming a consultant within the business. We’re positive that you will welcome him warmly and have no doubt that he will be in touch with you offering shifts at new and existing clients. If you need to get in touch with him about anything you can contact him on 07496136378 or at christian@adkinscheurfi.co.uk 

Jak will now be looking after all clients in the North Region, this is from Sunderland all the way up to Scotland. He is looking to gain more clients in Scotland over the coming months, one of these which is currently happening at the moment is the 150th Open at St Andrews, where a group of chefs are up there now at one of the most prestigious golf events on the planet. Again, Jak will look to continue to grow the Adkins & Cheurfi footprint in the northeast and needs your continued support with this. If you need anything from Jak, you can get in touch with him on 07535064303 or at jak@adkinscheurfi.co.uk

As always Jak and Christian will be in touch weekly to discuss your availability, feel free to send over any spare days that you also have.

Regarding the growing team if you know of anyone available for Kitchen porter work or just general kitchen work, please just let me or my hospitality colleague, Rachel Stockdale, know and we will both be delighted to help.

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

Thank you all again for your help so far this year, we will continue to push to make this a massively successful year for us all!

Jak & Christian


Care & Education post Easter newsletter

Hi All

I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter Break. Our school candidates will still be enjoying the extended time off – lucky them.

Just a few updates to mention. Going forward all timesheets should be emailed to timesheets@adkinscheurfi.co.uk

Can I remind everyone to email chloe@adkinscheurfi.co.uk to complete your food safety certificates. And also for uniform request. We have both Adkins & Cheurfi  branded t-shirts and Chef jackets available.

We would like to announce our recommend a friend programme. If you recommend another Chef or kitchen assistant to us and they join the Care & Education team, once they have worked for us for 4 weeks, you get a £50 reward. Everyone’s a winner! Recommendations should be emailed to me on danielle@adkinscheurfi.co.uk.

Were, also pleased to announce that we have recently secured 4 new care homes clients and 2 new schools in the past month. And we continue to grow on a weekly basis. We are now supplying staff to schools and care from the Scottish borders down to the midlands. And we are recruiting staff in all these areas too. If you reading this and are new to Adkins & Cheurfi you can register your details with us by clicking this link https://www.adkinscheurfi.co.uk/registration-form/

Just pop my name ‘Danielle’ in the consultant name box and this will ensure I receive it. We have a multitude of part time and full time positions in care homes and schools for Chefs, kitchen assistants, caretakers and cleaners. We would love to hear from you!

Have a lovely weekend everyone,


Care & Education Q1 Newsletter

Care & Education

Well hello there and welcome to the first ever Care & Education department newsletter!

Firstly I need to just say WOW. What a start to year. This has been the busiest few months I have ever spent in a workplace. Its been crazy, fun, stressful and exciting all in three months.

The Care & Education division at Adkins & Cheurfi has really grew on an unprecedented level this year and as a result we have subsequently recruited two new team members to join the department to support. Firstly we saw Lucijo join us in January and she has been amazing ever since. A lot of you have possibly already spoken with Lucijo as she is now taking on the management of payroll in the department and also managing our kitchen assistants in the schools and residential homes. She’s doing a fantastic job so far so do give her some kudos when you next speak to her. Going forward if you have any payroll queries you can contact Lucijo direct. Or if you are looking for work in the kitchen assistant area either in schools or in care homes Lucijo is definitely the girl to see. You can email Lucijo direct at lucijo@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or call 01915166118.

Secondly we welcomed the lovely Chloe who joined us in February. Chloe joins us as business administrator and makes sure all our back office procedures run smoothly. You will hear from Chloe when she is chasing you for any ID or compliance related documentation.  As our department has the responsibility of providing staff to sectors with vulnerable people – a responsibility we take very seriously – we regularly audit ourselves and ensure that everything is tip top and up to date. As part of our dedication to looking after our clients and candidates. We are now offering to provide free of charge Food & Hygiene Safety Level 2 training. This is an accredited certificate that can be added to your CV. You should of received an email inviting you take to take part. If you haven’t got your email do get in touch with Chloe, as Chloe will manage this going forward.

We are also excited to announce our new Adkins & Cheurfi Uniform. This includes branded Chef jackets and polo t-shirts for our kitchen assistants. As candidates we are proud of you, you are part of the Adkins & Cheurfi team and we want to let people know! Again you should of received an email about this and how to get your new uniform. If you have missed this do let Chloe now as she will be managing the department uniforms. Chloe can be reached at chloe@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or by calling 01915166118.

I am proud to announce that we are now the biggest provider of staff to the Care & Education sector in the North East. We supply all the major care home groups and nearly every Education Academy Trust. And we are getting bigger – we are spreading our stronghold to reach areas as far as the midlands, Cumbria and the Scottish borders. We are taking over the entire North. This is not only because of the hard work of the team in the office but its also a huge credit to our candidates who go out and represent Adkins & Cheurfi with the utmost skill and professionalism. So from myself and the team in the office – A massive thank you.

Myself, well I continue on working directly with our specialised Chef team whilst managing the day to day running of the department with support from Dean and Melika. I am constantly on the hunt for new chef talent so feel free to contact me direct if you are interested in any of the temporary or permanent positions we have available. Or if you would like to recommend a chef to me – I am always open to suggestions. Contact me at danielle@adkinscheurfi.co.uk or call 07398739539.

We have so many more exciting opportunities coming the way in the next few months but I don’t want to rattle on. So for now I shall just once again, thank you and well done.



Chef Newsletter

What is the plan for 2022?


We are very excited for the year ahead of us here at Adkins & Cheurfi, with the rules around COVID being relaxed, it feels as though we are heading back to normality in the world of hospitality. We are always on the hunt for new chefs to come on board with us as our client list just keeps on growing, we are still giving £50 for any chef referrals and would encourage you guys to let any chefs you know about the advantages of working here at Adkins & Cheurfi!

Our live in roles are already starting to come through again with an uplift of requirements at the end of February, beginning of March, please get in touch with us if this is something that you are wanting to do. Our local work is starting to pick up now and clients are getting in touch with us to book out work. We are also getting all of our compliance in order, if you have your Food Safety Level 2 Certificates please forward them on to myself jak@adkinscheurfi.co.uk if you haven’t got your food safety level 2 this is something that we can assist with and we can put you through the course. At no cost to yourselves.

Places are limited though, and your food safety certification is becoming critical with bookings so please let me know immediately if you need the free course or you can provide your certificates. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on any work.

As mentioned before, we are very excited for the year ahead and we also have several contracts becoming available including ongoing live in positions and placements on Movie sets and on the circuit this summer touring with bands and artists, again just contact me to learn more.

Overall, I believe this could be one of our biggest and best years to date, but we need your continued help to make this possible.

A big thank you for all your efforts last year and the beginning of this year. Together we can make this a great year for us all!

Regarding the growing team if you know of anyone available for Kitchen porter work or just general kitchen work, please just let me or my hospitality colleague, Lucy Connolly, know and we will both be delighted to help.

And finally, as ever, Dean and Melika are always available if you wish to speak with them direct

If you guys need anything in the meantime from me, please just get in touch and I will help with anything that I can.




Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The whole team at Adkins and Cheurfi would like to wish all of our hard-working candidates and loyal clients a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Looking back on 2021, we started the year unsure how we (and the whole of hospitality) would progress and develop in light of continuing COVID restrictions placing increasing pressure on our industry. Although many of our hospitality bookings were placed on hold, we adapted our business model with the introduction of a commercial and IT desk which saw us through the first quarter of 2021 and has continued to grow exponentially ever since. Throughout this tumultuous time, we have maintained our support for the Care and Education sector with a dedicated team in office who have supplied a continuous stream of reliable hospitality candidates across these sectors.

By summer, many restrictions had begun to ease across the UK which saw the return of hospitality at a booming rate and we were delighted to see the return of large sporting and music events across our region, which certainly kept our events desk busy!

We are incredibly grateful for all of our dependable candidates who have tirelessly committed to us throughout the year and for the continuing support from our clients, old and new, thank you!

We are excited at the prospects of what next year holds for our supplied industries and look forward to working with new candidates and clients alike, if you are interested in working with us, or for us, please get in touch and one of our consultants will be happy to assist you. Our phone lines will continue to be monitored over the Christmas Period if you need to get in touch with our consultants – 0191 5166118.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all, see you in 2022!

Adkins & Cheurfi win the Most Inspiring Employer at the North East Chamber Awards

North East’s most inspiring females announced by Chamber

Author – Jasmin Brown

Date published: 

Twelve female leading lights of the North East business world were given top honours at a special ceremony in front of 300 guests at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Organised by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural Inspiring Females Awards recognised businesswomen at all stages of their career and from around the region.

One of those given an award was Channel 4 TV show host Steph McGovern, who was named the woman who made the Most Outstanding Contribution to the North East.

Alix Bolton, chair, Chamber Women’s Leadership Forum said: “One of my favourite sayings is, ‘We rise by lifting others. The Chamber was delighted to organise these awards to do just that and celebrate the fantastic female talent all around our region who support their colleagues. Our winners are awe-inspiring examples of female strength and achievement. What they have in common is working hard with grit and determination to succeed. Congratulations to all of those who took home an award and also to everyone who made it onto the shortlist. They all contribute so much to our region’s success and set tremendous examples for other businesswomen on their own career journey.”

The winner of the Most Inspiring Female Business Leader of the Year was Dr Jo North from Port of Tyne.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed and very honoured to win this award. Congratulations to the other award winners who have all done amazing things. North East women are leading the way not just here in our region but in the whole country.

One of the youngest winners was Ellen McCann, from Ryder Architecture who won apprentice of the Year and is in her final stage of training to become an architect.

There was also recognition of work businesswomen do in the community and CSR. This award was won by Karen Marshall, from Accenture, who has particular focus on supporting the company’s apprentices.

The Inspiring Female for small businesses was won by Nicola Wood, who runs the Wonderful Wig company based in Sunderland and Newcastle, which offers wig services to clients in particular people suffering from cancer treatment.

An award was also presented to the most inspiring female small business employer and was won by the Sunderland recruitment specialists Adkins & Cheurfi.

Special recognition for the best female in a medium-sized business went to Amy Park of Newcastle-based accountancy firm Robson Laidler.

The most inspiring employer in this category was given to EMG Solicitors, based in Durham.

In the larger business section, the award for top female was presented to Angela MacOscar from Northumbrian Water, with Northumbria Police’s Joscelin Lawson being highly commended. The most Inspiring Employer was given to Northumbrian Water, which operates out of Pity Me in County Durham.

Female entrepreneurs who trade internationally were also recognised with the award for the most inspiring female (Global) going to Annie Barr of the Stocksfield-based AB Health Group.

And the most Inspiring Employer (Global) was given to Seaham food manufacturer Prima Cheese.

The overall awards were sponsored by Bernicia with individual awards supported by Esh Group, North East BIC, NE Times, Britishvolt, Hartlepool College, Teesside University and Muckle LLP.

Autumn News Update

It’s been a while since we have posted a news update, and well, a lot has changed within the office! We have welcomed an array of new faces to the team who have helped us to grow extensively over the summer period- Danielle, our new account manager (and newly promoted Recruitment Consultant) has settled into her role tremendously, supporting countless local schools, academies, nurseries and the care sector and expanding her desk with the introduction of many new clients.

Jak, our new Chef Consultant, joined us in August from an extensive background in Sales and most enviously from Deans point of view, car sales! He is actively recruiting chefs of all levels across the UK for guaranteed and consistent work with excellent rates of pay.

You can contact Jak direct on 07535064303 or in the office on 01915166118.

Jak has been supported in his introduction to the business through Lucy Connolly who has helped to grow her front of house division to its record summer while showing Jak the ropes around our film and movie contracts including location work for Indiana Jones and The new Game of Thrones series.

We also recruited a resourcer, Karolina, in July to help the team cope with the crazy demand for Chefs and Hospitality professionals- her ambition and drive to succeed has resulted in Karolina now managing all of our National Accounts as we have now proudly won supply to the majority of the major corporations across the UK

And last but not least, Luci-jo our brand new apprentice also joined us in August, she is actively learning and supporting the team with compliance and pay-roll, in her short few months with us she has developed exponentially and we are sure she will continue to grow within her new role.

We are all working hard into the Autumn period and demand within hospitality certainly has not dipped, we are looking forward to facing the crazy rush of the festive period and everything that comes with it!

As always, call the office on 0191 5166118 for any enquiries and we will be more than happy to assist.

Adkins & Cheurfi feature in Bdaily & North East Bic News

Recruitment specialists predict post-pandemic boom

Chef Recruitment

Chef Recruitment -North East and Scotland

Do you know a good, reliable chef who might benefit from an introduction to our agency? Due to a massive boom in demand we are expanding our brigade of experienced, dedicated and professional chefs to support our many clients.

We can offer them improved rates, pay for every hour spent in the kitchen, weekly pay, flexibility and a choice of seasonal positions as well as permanent opportunities. Adkins and Cheurfi Recruitment are the leading provider of high calibre hospitality staff and we supply hundreds of clients from our base at the BIC, Sunderland. Our team are available to support our staff and answer all questions seven days a week and we specialise in chef recruitment.

Our clients range from gastro pubs in North Yorkshire to five star hotels in the Scottish Highlands and EVERYTHING in between.

We offer £50 for every successful chef referral…….so what are you waiting for? 0191 516 6118 is the number to call or email christine@adkinscheurfi.co.uk today.

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