About iChef Recruitment Ltd

iChef Recruitment Ltd is an independent, privately owned, specialist Chef Recruitment company dedicated to matching the skill set of our candidates to our clients’ specific requirements. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality and catering industry our Recruitment team are experts within their field. We’ve worked in the industry personally, giving us a clear understanding of the needs of our candidates and our clients.

Our vision and values


Knowledge & Experience

Honesty & Trust





We are 100% committed to providing quality solutions for our Candidates and Clients at all times.

Derek Woods

The Founder and Foundation of iChef Recruitment Ltd

Derek founded iChef Recruitment Ltd in 2013 having spent over 6 years recruiting for some of the UK’s leading Hotels & Restaurants specializing in developing his candidates’ careers and ensuring progression.

Derek has a solid understanding of his sector having been a Chef himself for over 15 years in luxury hotels and Michelin starred restaurants and prides himself on an honest, ethical and confidential approach to recruitment.

iChef Recruitment – the name

i = Individual – We treat all clients, candidates and roles individually!