Commis Chef Apprenticeship (Level 2)

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Working as a commis chef is a great way of getting started in a kitchen; while it’s the most junior culinary role it provides a means of learning a range of key skills on the job. A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef.

Available at: Byfords and The Pigs

Duration: 12 months

Experience: You must be over the age of 16, but no prior experience or qualification is required.

Starting Salary: £18,000
Potential Salary: £21,000

Progression from this apprenticeship is expected to be into a chef de partie role or senior production chef role.

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About you:

  • You enjoy a task-based environment- you motor through head chef prep lists with uncanny efficiency. Customers get their food on time, every time!
  • A keen eye for detail. Every plate of food must be of the same great quality. You dislike sloppiness.
  • You enjoy food and have a solid knowledge of ingredients and flavours.
  • You are adaptable to new menus and new ideas. Head chefs will always be experimenting and plotting new creations, and they will need your help to execute every menu with each new season. There is room for your input if you have a passion to contribute and learn.
  • You are a hardy soul who enjoys physical work in a hot and fast environment.

A primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen. This gives them the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired.

The learning journey of a chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next; however, it is the range of experiences in the basics gained in this role that provide the opportunities to progress to any future senior chef role.

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