Dalston Café Head Chef

We are looking for someone to join our Dalston cafe team as our Café Head Chef.

We’ve been roasting speciality coffee for over 30 years. From humble beginnings as a little coffee cart in Auckland, NZ, Allpress has evolved into a sophisticated brand that stands for flavour and service. Right from the start three core principles have formed the backbone of our business – People, Flavour and Innovation.

We are united in our genuine care for each other, our customers, and our belief in what we do. We need great people who will bring their imagination, skills and most importantly, their passion to our business.

About the role.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Head Chef to lead our kitchen team in the Dalston cafe. Our Café is unique in its dual purpose to serve delicious coffee and food to our customers, but also exemplify the Allpress brand and showcase our coffee to potential wholesale customers.

We are looking for a strong communicator, someone who is proactive, organised and has a real knack for solving problems and a keen eye for detail. It’s important that this person can be resourceful when required and maintains an open minded and pragmatic approach to all situations and tasks.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about high quality, seasonal and elegantly unfussy food, who is committed to continuous improvement and who will lead the team in bringing our food vision to life every day.

About you.

  • Experienced in leading a fast-paced kitchen, with café kitchen experience being a bonus.

  • A food lover with a keen eye for detail.

  • Strong knowledge of UK food health and safety practices.

  • Experienced in menu development and cost management.

  • Sound understanding of managing kitchen finances, ensuring we meet our KPI’s and target margins.

  • Strong communication and organisational skills.

  • Self-motivated with excellent time management.

  • Detail-oriented with strong problem-solving abilities.

  • Leadership skills that inspire and engage your team, embodying the Allpress brand experience.

This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody who already has hospitality experience and is looking to further their career. We offer training, great staff perks including LinkedIn learning, fully paid gym access, good work life balance, a competitive salary, career development and a great company culture.


Hours: 5 days per week around 40 hours per week.

Days: Monday – Sunday, weekends are essential but with one weekend day off each week.

Times: Our spaces open from 8am - 4pm Mon to Fri and 9am - 4pm on weekends.

Probation period: 3 months

Reporting to: Dalston Café General Manager

Salary: £32,000 - £35,000 depending on experience.

If this sounds like you then please apply with your CV and a cover letter explaining:

Why you’d like to work for Allpress

What interests you in the role

Why you think you’d be a good fit

By becoming part of Allpress we offer our team:

Free coffee in all our cafes plus a bag to take home every week

Fully paid access to gympass

An employee assistance programme supporting your mental health

Personal leave day allowance

Good work-life balance and options for flexible working

Vast career development

Living Wage employer

Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Leave

Paid Gender Affirmation Leave

A transparent and friendly company culture

Sound like you? Apply now! Please include a personalised cover letter explaining why you would like to join our team.