The Canvas is a social enterprise just off Brick Lane.

We’re a vegan cafe and bar, events space and hub for our community of changemakers and positivity pioneers.

Our vegan cafe is hiring for a HEAD CHEF.

Reopening with a fully refurbished kitchen on 17th May.
We will be launching a brand new, seasonal menu that’s committed to zero waste.
Our Head Chef will be a key player in building this menu into a vibrant, fresh and enticing ever-changing offer, working alongside surplus fresh produce suppliers to reduce food waste.

Alongside your committed team, you will also oversee the creation of hundreds of free community meals, delivered to vulnerable people within Tower Hamlets every week.

The Canvas: Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, with a fresh menu plus a counter full of homemade cakes, fresh salads and savoury treats. Pop Up residencies run vegan restaurant concepts in the evenings. Shifts will be between 7am – 6pm Monday to Sunday.

About You:
• An Entrepreneur! You enjoy working in an autonomous environment and making key business decisions.
• An inspiring leader – you enjoy motivating and coaching your team, developing their skills and want to take them to the next level.
• You have proven experience in and a love for vegan baking; our homemade cakes are much-loved and well-known.
• You’re passionate about positive social impact and are looking for a job with purpose.
• You care, as much as we do. You take pride in what you do, care about sustainability, zero-waste and finding new opportunities for creating and inspiring social impact.
• You’ll relish the creative challenge, and be comfortable with flexibility. Eliminating food waste from your kitchen will be a passion, as will inspiring your team to do the same.
• You take responsibility for your successes and failures and always look to learn and improve.
• You’ll be comfortable talking numbers, rotas, budgets and targets with the business’ owners, and happy to take on the authority to innovate around increasing sales and reducing costs.
• You have proven experience managing stocks, ordering and meeting sales targets.

What’s in it for you:
• Autonomy to run the kitchen: daily service, cafe counter and community meals.
• The chance to build your own team, implement your ideas and track their performance.
• An opportunity to bring your ideas to the table and really drive our business forward.
• Innovate with bespoke menus for internal and external catering
• Creation and innovation of a vegan, zero-waste seasonal menu with purpose.
• Progressive, collaborative and fun work environment
• A quarterly bonus scheme

About Us:

We are a social enterprise.

We are locally rooted.

We champion solutions to global issues.

We incubate and support good ideas.

We believe in looking after our people just as well as we look after our customers

We work hard. We deliver the best.

We set a good example.

Please send your CV and a few lines why do you think you’ll be a great fit to ruth@thecanvascafe.org

We are committed to building a diverse team, so encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.


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About The Canvas

The Canvas is a profit with a purpose social enterprise community venue and cafe in Spitalfields. We are a blank canvas for positive activism, hosting daily events such as live performance, workshops and talks, art exhibitions, yoga and meditation. Our 100% vegan cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week serving homemade meals, cakes and brownies.

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