Top rated Russian artisan food producer in Sheffield seeks weekend staff in London
What we have:
Uniquely, we – Cossack Cuisine – are the only people offering fresh, handmade Russian food at public events in the U.K. All of our food fayre is based on traditional Russian recipes.
Our range includes small, medium and large brioche bread-dough pies – with sweet and savoury choices – e.g. apricot & sweet cream cheese pie, or our Great British Pie Award winning Chicken & Chorizo piroshki, plus main course dishes, like stroganoff, Russian breads, soups, potato cakes, salads, tarts, cakes, celebration gateaux and sweet things. Our Russian food is typically bought for home consumption.
Who we are:
We (Leeza and Steve) are the owners and most importantly chef/business manager – between us we have a huge amount of experience in food, wine, marketing and customer service and we both work in the business every day.
We each have Masters degrees and have left behind executive posts to create THE first Russian fresh food brand in the U.K.
Where we are:
We are based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We sell throughout the middle third of England and have been operating at farmers markets & food festivals & street food events for 3 years now. Our food service business is extremely highly rated on Trip Advisor. We began our entry into the London region this year.
What we need:
Clever people based in London to help us enter and grow in the central London region. Those who join us will be passionate about being part of creating the next big cuisine in the U.K.
In brief, we want a small team of people – each of whom will ultimately become responsible for running our food stall – for one day – at one of the best artisan food markets in London. The typical day starts around 6am and finishes around 6pm. We would like your help on a once-a-week or once-a-fortnight or a once-a-month basis – including the occasional multi-day food festivals. We can agree your schedule in advance for each coming month.
We would require you to collect of our fresh food and supporting equipment from our base in London in your own car/van. Then travel to a sales location with a colleague of ours, and when experienced enough, going solo and running the food stall on a regular basis by yourself.
Tasks include setting up of the stall, selling produce, taking payment, offering advice and information to our customers, packing up, delivering unsold food/equipment back to our London base. Here you will complete an audit sheet/checklist against the inventory of left over food with unsold stock re-packed as appropriate. The cycle concludes with accounting for the revenue from the day, updating the food stock sheets and updating Steve on how the day went.
Who you are:
Your idea of fun is to potter around Borough Market or sniffing around a new opening in Brixton Market or Soho.
You talk confidently and laugh. You speak English well. You are willing to learn from us to give yourself the best chance of selling increasing volumes of our food – as well as telling us some smart ways we could encourage purchases.
You will have experience in a quality food, retail or restaurant environment – or if not that, a demonstrable enthusiasm for good food, e.g. making it, eating it, writing about it. You will be comfortable in coping with a busy and sometimes stressful customer-facing role, and cheerfully serving – for 4 to 8 hours per event – a diverse range of personality types who come to shop at our market stall.
You will like people very much and take the time to learn our customer’s name, remember what they bought last time and to make recommendations based on that recollection next time they visit you. You are prepared to work hard to make Cossack Cuisine the stand-out food seller at your market. You accept that we may ask you to work a 2 day weekend occasionally, i.e. Saturday and a Sunday. Certainly one of those days. Sometimes Fridays too for the three-day weekend events. We will agree with you the work days in advance for the coming month.
Later on – once a proven promoter of our food, you might want to manage the team of people selling at our London events.
We require you to be a driver, with a full British and clean licence. Also we would prefer an owner of a hatch-back style car/van. Sometimes we will hire a van for you.
What you do now:
Write me a letter- tell me what your favourite food is and why. Tell me a great food shop or restaurant that I should go to, in London that I might not have heard of. Then tell me why I should hire you.
The letter is non-negotiable. If you can’t be bothered to write a covering letter or read all the way down to here then I can’t be bothered to open your CV.
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What you get:
A fair rate of pay for working on a stall at a farmers market in London. An incredible, fun but frantic working environment selling some of the most interesting food you will have ever seen and tasted, at some of the busiest and best food events in London. A 30% staff discount on our highly praised food and the prospect of building a new company from the beginning – and expanding your role in our endeavours. We are driven and ambitious and want to give our staff every chance to better themselves with training, encouragement and personal support.