Chef Jobs Milton Keynes, Pastry chef decorating

Chef Jobs Milton Keynes: apply now for the latest roles

The catering and hospitality sector in Milton Keynes

  • Head chef salary (October 2019) in Milton Keynes: £31,150 a year / £14.98 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (October 2019) in Milton Keynes: £29,467 a year / £13.12 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (October 2019) in Milton Keynes: £19,978 a year / £9.61 per hour

Experimentation is what Milton Keynes is all about. Founded by the UK government as a “New Town” in the 1960s by incorporating the existing towns of Bletchley, Wolverton and Stony Stratford, has evolved into one of the most successful local economies in the country.

Several national and multinational companies have a home here, including Argos, Domino’s Pizza, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen AG, Marshall Amplification and Red Bull Racing. If that’s not all, the town’s also the home of the Open University. In some way, Milton Keynes has touched all of our lives.

When scouring a map of the region, MK is instantly recognisable for its North American-style grid system. Green spaces abound, too: no matter where you are across the town, you’ll be no more than half a mile away from a park. There’s certainly lots of space — if London had the same density as Milton Keynes, it would cover an area the size of East Anglia.

If you’re a catering and hospitality professional looking for a fresh start in a lively new location, MK is certainly worth consideration. Over the last few years, a thriving food and drink scene has emerged, from the seven monthly farmers’ markets to food festivals, gastropubs and a host of restaurants.

Culture is well represented, too. With breweries (the Concrete Cow Brewery is a particular local favourite), music venues (the National Bowl, an open-air, 65,000-capacity amphitheatre, has hosted the likes of David Bowie, Queen and The Prodigy), and sports venues (Stadium MK is home to the League One football club, MK Dons), there’s plenty to do on your days off work.

For aspirational chefs looking to upskill, Milton Keynes also has plenty of training opportunities. Milton Keynes College, for example, offers courses in Professional Cookery and Hospitality and Catering. If you find work with a Blue Arrow employer you may also have the opportunity to join a Blue Arrow Apprenticeship programme.

From a head chef role in a classy restaurant to matchday bar work at Stadium MK, a range of catering and hospitality roles at all levels of experience are available in Milton Keynes. And with various events and festivals running throughout the year, seasonal employment is readily available, too.

Find out how much  you can earn in Milton Keynes

Hospitality and Catering Jobs in Milton Keynes

Cost of living in Milton Keynes

  • Average monthly rent in Milton Keynes: £500-£1,500
  • Monthly travel pass: £55 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £55

Thanks to its booming economy and fantastic links to London and the Midlands, housing in Milton Keynes may seem a little pricey to newcomers. To give you an idea of the price range, an average 1-bedroom apartment in more affordable neighbourhoods costs around £663.75 per month to rent, while a 3-bedroom city centre apartment will set you back £1,282.39.

Milton Keynes is brilliantly located, with 90% of England and Wales less than five hours’ drive away. The A5 and M1 are close to the town, making it easy to explore the wider region by car. By rail, Milton Keynes is served by the West Coast Main Line which connects it to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. A regular bus service also serves the town and surrounding villages, making the area easy to get around. A single bus ticket costs £1.70.

Supermarkets in Milton Keynes sell food and drink at the same prices you’d expect anywhere else in the country. Meanwhile, a meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs around £15 while a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will set you back around £55.

The amount you’ll pay for council tax in Milton Keynes is dependent on the area you live in, as well as the value of the property. More information about council tax bands can be found here.

Bars, kitchens and restaurants in Milton Keynes

As a multicultural town with a large black and Asian population, Milton Keynes’ dining scene hosts a variety of flavours from all corners of the Earth.

Most of the restaurants in MK are clustered around the town centre. Some of the most popular include Olive Tree, which serves up traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine and is an ideal spot for a family get-together; Melis, another Turkish-Mediterranean eatery that provides delicious food in an ambient environment and represents great value for money; and Akasaka Central, which serves mouthwatering Japanese and Korean fusion food in a cosy, wood-panelled space, using fresh ingredients sourced from responsible providers.

Other favourites include Made in Sud, MK’s only authentic Neapolitan pizzeria; The Don Indian, an elegant establishment with a menu celebrating the best of Indian cuisine;

In addition to a wealth of independent eateries, Milton Keynes is home to many of the restaurant chains that you’d expect in a large town of its size, including Nando’s, Pizza Express, Byron, ASK Italian, TGI Friday’s, Slug & Lettuce, Turtle Bay, Wagamama, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, and Carluccio’s.

For those who’d rather work in a more informal bar or pub setting, there’s plenty of choice. Whether you’re looking for Sunday lunch service at a rustic pub (The Swan Inn) or the boisterous evening atmosphere of a modern, trendy bar (Be At One), MK’s lively drinks scene caters to a range of interests.

But what about baristas? Well, with an up-and-coming cafe scene that includes both chains like Starbucks and independent hipster roasteries such as Bogota Coffee Company, Milton Keynes coffee businesses are on the lookout for talented individuals who can take them to the next level.

Milton Keynes is a great place for hospitality and catering professionals to enhance their credentials — regardless of the role or level of experience. Aside from restaurants, pubs and cafes, there are hundreds of kitchens across the city — in multi-purpose venues, hotels, hospitals, care homes, schools and much, much more — actively looking for passionate people to up their hospitality game.

Take the next step toward your new career and search for catering and hospitality jobs in Milton Keynes today.

Get your free CV templates here

Where to find Blue Arrow in Milton Keynes

Blue Arrow Milton Keynes
Ground Floor
354 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes

Tel: 01908 607 468

Branch Opening Times
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Google review image


Share location?

Do you want to share your location for a better user experience?