Hooked-on Group, the management company behind Blackfriars Restaurant, Hinnies Restaurant and the newly opened Dobson & Parnell on Newcastle's vibrant Quayside, is recruiting for the following positions:

We are currently looking for a Sous Chef at Dobson & Parnell and a PR and Social Media Executive to work across all restaurants.

PR & Social Media Executive at Blackfriars, Dobson & Parnell & Hinnies

The company is looking to recruit a dynamic individual who will be based with the head office at Blackfriars in Newcastle city centre which includes a restaurant, Banquet Hall, Parlour Bar, Cookery School and Tasting Room located around a beautiful Cloister Garden. They will also regularly visit Dobson & Parnell on Newcastle quayside and Hinnies in Whitley Bay.
The ideal candidate needs to be capable of spotting trends, identifying key business opportunities and supporting sales for the company and will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in social media and marketing.
Responsibilities and Duties
Key duties and responsibilities
- Create content and populate all social media platforms across the Hooked-on Group such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+
- Working in collaboration with restaurant managers across the group to create promotional concepts and campaigns via social media to deliver sales targets.
- Explore avenues of consumer engagement, leveraging digital marketing and social media to devise and maintain an exceptional consumer engagement pathway.
- Monitor and analyse social media data to track successes
- Ensure all content is within the relevant legislation laws and best practice, up to date and accurate
- Write and issue e-newsletters via Mailchimp Software
- Provide support to the Marketing Director in order to increase sales for the sales for the restaurant including PR, Digital marketing, print material, advertising, updating websites and external events
Qualifications and Skills
We are looking for someone who either has a Social Media Marketing or Marketing degree and with hands-on experience in managing a company's social media presence and working in the marketing field.

Please send your covering email and CV to to apply.
Sous Chef - Dobson & Parnell
We are looking for an experienced dynamic sous chef to support the head chef and the brigade at Dobson & Parnell on Newcastle's vibrant quayside.
Dobson & Parnell serves specialises in perfectly-executed, refined British and European cuisine, utilising preserving techniques and using ethically-sourced local sustainable and seasonal produce direct from nearby farms.
Someone with excellent culinary skills, creativity and passion with the ability to lead, manage and inspire a team. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter, a problem solver and a natural communicator who is focused, career-minded and driven.
The sous chef will work closely with the Head Chef and will be responsible for:
Driving the kitchen forward towards obtaining accolades and winning awards
Compliance with Food Hygiene, HACCP and Health & Safety regulations
The maintenance of consistency of taste and presentation of food.
Working alongside the Head chef to produce creative, original dishes for the seasonal changing menu
Working to set budgets for both food purchases and wages
Championing and upholding the company values and ethos
Maintaining equipment and the working environment to ensure operational excellence

The ideal candidate will be:
Bright, confident and enthusiastic
A strong character that can maintain effective communication with a diverse team
Absolute focus on detail, consistency and perfection
Understands the importance of team development and development of individuals
Unflappable and able to work effectively under pressure
Ambitious and eager to progress
Experienced in fine dining and to a rosette standard.

Must haves:
Good verbal and written communication skills
Creativity with – and passion for – seasonal British ingredients
Extensive Modern and Traditional European cooking experience
Able to quickly gain an understanding of specific business functions and take ownership of the resulting tasks
A sound financial understanding of all aspects of running a busy kitchen
Whilst relevant experience is undoubtedly essential for this position, we are looking for someone with the intelligence, intuition and motivation to excel at the role; constantly wanting to better themselves and over deliver. Relevant training and a thorough company induction will be provided.

Full job spec is here or email with your covering letter and CV.
Speculative applications - Front of house and Kitchen

We are always on the lookout for talented waiting staff and chefs and are happy to receive speculative CVs.   

Please send your covering email and CV to and specify which restaurant you would like to work in.