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Kitchen Assistant


RoleKitchen Assistant

Location: Central London

Contract: 40- 45 hours a week; Permanent

Working Hours: Shifts are between the hours of 8:00 AM - midnight on a rota basis; Must be fully flexible

Salary: £8.25 per hour + TRONC

Reporting to: Head Chef and Site Manager

Company profile:

Japan Centre began life in 1976 with a suitcase full of Japanese books and an idea to cater for the community of Japanese people living in London. Japan Centre has since grown to become one of the largest and most influential Japanese retailers in London and Europe, with its new flagship store on Panton Street, and stores in Westfield Stratford City and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Japan Centre now includes, Shoryu Ramen, a popular chain of ramen restaurants with 12 branches in London, Manchester, Oxford and Japan, and Sakagura, a sake and steak dining experience in Heddon Street, Mayfair.

In July, Japan Centre Group alongside Cool Japan Fund opened Ichiba, Europe’s largest Japanese food hall in Westfield London. Featuring, a dedicated Japanese bakery and cafe, foodhall, and hot food stations and bar.

Job Purpose:

As a Kitchen Assistant,you will be part of a busy food production kitchen, your role is essential in preparing the key components of all dishes such as our famous Tonkotsu Ramen, gyoza, curry dishes and tempura. You will work alongside the Head Chef in producing not only great tasting soups and sauces, but also fish & chicken base dishes.

Key responsibilities

  • Assisting the Head Chef/Manager in food preparation
  • Assisting in checking and monitoring of kitchen equipment and food storage
  • Maintaining kitchen cleanliness
  • Other duties associated with this role

Skill preferred

  • Must have at least 1 year working experience in kitchen environment
  • A candidate must have good English language skills and eligible to work in the UK
  • Displays initiative and can easily adapt in a fast pace work environment
  • Fully flexible

If you think you are the right person to join our Japan Centre Group family, please send us your CV application now!

- Due to the nature of the business, you will be required to work flexibly including daytime, evenings and weekends.

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

5 Kingly St
W1B 5PF London Directions angela.abalos@japancentre.com 0203 405 6281

Shoryu New Oxford Street

80-110 New Oxford St
WC1A 1HB London Directions angela.abalos@japancentre.com 0203 405 6281

Employee Benefits

Join us and you get all these amazing benefits!

  • 20% employee discount

    Employees get 20% off across all our sites including Shoryu, Sakagura, Japan Centre, and Ichiba

  • Free Lunch Meal

    Tasty rice and noodle dishes. Yum!

  • Perkbox

    Employees get discount from big brand retailers.

  • Auto-enrollment pensions scheme

    3% contribution from Now Pensions


I am excited to welcome you to the Japan Centre family and share with you my passion for Japanese foods, traditions and heritage from my hometown Fukuoka. 

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