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The regional capital of Yorkshire. The hometown of Scary Spice. Birthplace of Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White. Leeds is not just the fourth biggest city in the UK, it’s one of the best places to live and work in catering and hospitality. According to a recent OneFamily Liveability Index, Leeds is the second-best city in the country for people aged under 30 to live and work.
For chefs and hospitality professionals, it’s clear why. Our most recent data suggests that average take-home pay is on the up. The average salary of a chef is over £24,000 a year, whilst an executive head chef can expect to earn up to £50,000.
Demand for chefs, bar managers and baristas is also on the rise. Whilst high street jobs are declining nationwide, the demand for skilled hospitality workers shows no sign of slowing. And with music events including the famous Leeds Festival, and over 30 food and drink events in the coming year, temporary work isn’t hard to come by.
For chefs, training opportunities are more important than ever. With an ever-changing national palette, staying on top of the latest trends and techniques is crucial to staying at the top of your game. Leeds, thankfully, has plenty of training opportunities. From the Leeds Cookery School to Get Cooking’s workshops and events, there’s always a way to brush up your culinary skills. And if you work for a Blue Arrow employer, you may also be eligible for a Blue Arrow apprenticeship.
There’s little wonder so many chefs are flocking to Yorkshire’s de facto capital. Jonathan Hawthorne, previously of 2 Michelin-starred Noma in Denmark, recently moved to the city to launch the wildly popular XO Supper Club. Meanwhile, the locally-sourced menu at Broadley’s Bistro has diners flocking from far-flung places.
As a city, Leeds might just be the best place to live and work in catering and hospitality in the UK.
As with most cities in the North, Leeds is an affordable city to live and work, especially compared to the “trendier” London and Manchester. Even nearby York is more expensive. An average 1-bedroom apartment just outside of Leeds city centre will cost, on average, £504.19, while a 3-bedroom city centre apartment will set you back £1,163.89.
Transport is Leeds is predominantly bus-based. A monthly travel pass for public transport in the city costs £56, while a one-way ticket is £2.80. Buses don’t operate 24 hours a day, but services are regular. The most popular routes (including the 202/203, 229 and N10 services) operate after midnight -- essential if you’re working late shifts.
Working in the catering and hospitality industry, the price of food is at the forefront of your mind. Supermarkets in the city provide food at the same cost as you’d pay anywhere across the UK. But restaurants are surprisingly affordable, especially for a thriving metropolitan city. A meal in inexpensive restaurants costs on average £15, whilst a three-course meal in a mid-range establishment will set you back £40.
Council tax in Leeds depends on which area you live, and how big your house is. The cheapest council tax band starts at £869 and is stretched to £3,131.11 for mansions in the leafy suburbs.
People in Yorkshire demand quality wherever they eat. So it’s little surprise to learn that Leeds has one of the UK’s best culinary scenes. From high-end restaurants to trendy bars, not to mention the schools and universities, there are always opportunities for talented catering and hospitality professionals Leeds.
With fresh fish from local seaside resorts, a rich farming culture just a few miles out of the city, and local suppliers by the bucketload, the quality of food on plates in Leeds is exceptional. And with some of the best chefs in the country choosing to call Leeds home, it’s a hub of creativity. If you want the best ingredients that Yorkshire has to offer, Leeds is the place to be.
From the Ox Club’s exceptional modern British food to Pintura, a Basque restaurant headed up by head chef Greg Lewis, Leeds is a chef’s dream. Culto, an Italian joint on Stainback Road, even serves up charcoal pizza. Whether you want to experience these kitchens first hand, or just want to learn new techniques and cuisines, Leeds is the place for you.
Leeds is not just a city for chefs. The city has a thriving bar scene, making it a great home for hospitality workers. The Belgrave Music Hall will be the top of everyone’s list, while North Bar is the ideal place to work for craft beer lovers. There’s also plenty of late-night work in Leeds, whilst the yearly Leeds festival provides hundreds of temporary work every summer.
When you think of lively metropolitan cities, you think of a thriving coffee culture. Leeds lives up to the billing. Mrs Atha’s is one of the most popular in town, serving up Maude Coffee beans roasted just a few streets away. Whilst Cafe 164, a little out of the way of the city centre, serving up coffee from local providers Cafe Espresso (from Bradford) and Bruce and Luke’s (from Cumbria).
Whether you’re a bar supervisor, pastry chef, barista or executive chef, Leeds is the home for the brightest stars in hospitality and catering.