We’re recruiting for more experienced, friendly and talented colleagues to join our team.

Building on our success, we’re inviting more colleagues to join us to meet our continued growth. We offer talented candidates a range of exciting jobs in front of house, kitchen, the host team and management in this award-winning Manchester city centre restaurant and bar.

El Gato Negro is a great company to work at, with a close-knit, hard-working and fun-loving team. We offer excellent rates of pay, and some of the best service charges in the city. We place great importance on staff training, education and development, which means fantastic opportunities for career progression.

You’ll need to be professional, personable, and be fit enough to work across all three floors of our restaurant. If this sounds like you, check our latest jobs, fill out the contact form with your details and a brief introduction, and we’ll come back to you. No agencies, thanks.


Head Prep Chef

Salary: up to £22.5K plus tronc and tips

Due to further expansion we are now looking to recruit a Head Prep Chef to join our our award-winning kitchen at El Gato Negro. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly successful business, with a great reputation, exciting future plans, and prospects of further career progression.

We are seeking a highly motivated and driven individual who works well in a team environment, and who will deliver high standards of food preparation at all times, with meticulous attention to detail. You will work closely with the Head Chef and Senior Sous Chef to achieve your objectives. You will be responsible for the following areas:

  • directly managing a team of four chefs
  • continually assessing the performance of junior members of the team, assisting where necessary and establishing the needs for training and continuous development
  • controlling all preparation of raw and cooked food in line with recipes and specifications
  • assisting and monitor pricing of all products
  • developing future dish specifications and costings
  • taking overall responsibility for supporting the Head Chef in the smooth running of the kitchen; and the implementation, evolution and ongoing improvement of standards and profitability
  • responsible for ordering and fridge management
  • responsible for all H&S documentation including temperature recording
  • responsible for wastage
  • responsible for ensuring standards of cleaning are consistently excellent, including night cleaning

If you’ve got the experience, and share our passion for quality and excellence, then we’d love to hear from you. Please submit your CV and cover letter. Applicants must have the right to legally reside and work in the UK without any restrictions or limitations. No agencies please.


Head Prep Chef at El Gato Negro


Job description: Meeting and greeting of guests; escorting guests to their tables; navigating ResDiary (online booking system) to maximise covers; working with host team to ensure walk ins and bookings are organised in the most efficient way possible.

Candidate criteria: Organised; works well under pressure; warm and friendly nature; able to work within a team; well presented.



Job description: Making and developing cocktails; serving guests; aiding fellow bartenders; adhering to the ‘bar bible’; setting up and breaking up bar efficiently; maintain an organised and tidy cellar; ensure bar backs carry out their duties; cash handling.

Candidate criteria: Bar experience beneficial but not essential; ability to multi serve guests; able to maintain a clean and tidy work environment; to work within a team; excellent personable skills, including an ability to talk to anyone.


Server (full time and part time)

Job description: Take food and drinks orders; serve food and drinks to guests; aid fellow team members with their tables where required; build up good rapport with guests.

Candidate criteria: Excellent time management; warm and friendly nature; professional attitude at all times; ability to prioritise tasks at hand; able to work under pressure and in a busy environment; able to work in a team; great personable skills; establishing when to delegate certain tasks to fellow colleagues.


Bar Back

Job description: Aid the bartender in maintaining cleanliness and upkeep of the bar; maintain glasswash machine and cleanliness of glasses; manage drinks deliveries and ensure stock is stored safely and efficiently; ensure bar is fully stocked.

Candidate criteria: Physically fit; ability to work quickly and under pressure; organised and tidy; able to think on their feet; excellent attention to detail



Job description: Run food and drinks to all tables/floors; aid servers and bartenders when required; clear and re-set tables ready for service.

Candidate criteria: Able to multi-task; demonstrate initiative to see what needs done without being asked; able to prioritise tasks needing done; warm and friendly nature.


Management opportunities

If you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity with one of the region’s most exciting operations, and you believe you have something to offer, get in contact. We’re always interested in meeting talented, ambitious people who could join our growing team.


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