Apprentice Commis Chef Beales Hotels

The role of the Apprentice Commis Chef is within the Kitchen. The main function of this role is to assist/support the Commis Chef, Chef de Partie and any other members of the Kitchen team in all relevant aspects of running the kitchen.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 15 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Minimum 30 - 35 hours per week working 5 out of 7 days

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    25 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    06 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Specific duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Learning how all relevant areas of the kitchen operate
  • Assisting in setting up and preparing kitchen for daily food service
  • Assisting in cold preparation, e.g. washing, peeling, preparing fruit and vegetables (and in the longer term assist in the preparation of meat & fish)
  • Cleaning the kitchen, including washing up (filling/emptying sinks and dishwashers), general cleaning etc.
  • Putting away stores – dry, fresh and refrigerated products
  • Be pro-active in ongoing stock rotation of kitchen stores/food supplies
  • Working towards assisting the Commis Chef and Chef de Partie in running a kitchen section, as required
  • Positively promoting kitchen standards

This role will mainly have day to day contact with other members of the Kitchen team, as well as some contact with Restaurant and Conference/ Banqueting team members.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Good customer care skills
  • Resilience and commitment to work hard in an often highly pressurised environment
  • Passionate about using and cooking with fresh produce
  • Have the drive and determination to work in a Professional Kitchen and work towards learning how to run a section (in the medium/long term)

Personal qualities

  • Punctual and reliable
  • Good work ethic
  • Flexible and pro-active approach to work duties and hours
  • Committed to completing the Apprenticeship programme by combining work based learning, assessment and independent study

Qualifications required

No specific qualifications required, however, a keen interest in working within a professional Kitchen / Catering environment is essential. Some basic kitchen/catering related training may be advantageous but is not necessary.

Future prospects

The Apprentice will get the opportunity to work with an experienced, talented and established Kitchen team and gain some excellent skills and experience.
This position is for an initial 12 month contract as trainee commis Chef Apprentice.
There may be an opportunity for a 2nd year’s Apprenticeship in the future, subject to performance and business needs.

Things to consider

This is a physically demanding role and will include regular shift work, including weekends and some Bank Holidays. There will also be regular occasions when the Apprentice will have to work under pressure e.g. when working towards delivering food service e.g. lunch, dinner, or if catering for large numbers when hosting a conference/event etc. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Beales Hotels is an 8th generation family business founded in 1769 with 2 highly rated four star AA Rosette hotels in North London and Hertfordshire.


Beales Hotels


West Lodge Park

Cockfosters Road



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Training provider

Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma plus on the job training including tailor made Kitchen Training Plan, plus Statutory Food Safety Training.

Apprenticeship framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by HIT Training Ltd


Clare Johnson

Other information

Role is paid a £5 per hour
This role will include some shift work, including weekends and some Bank Holidays.
It is expected that the Apprentice will be committed to attaining a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) alongside their working hours at Beales Hotels, supported by Southgate/Barnet College.
This role will ideally suit an individual based fairly locally, or where there will be no problems with their travelling to and from the hotel for work independently.

Beales Hotels has been a customer focused, family run company since 1769. We have 2 hotels (West Lodge Park in Hadley Wood and Beales Hotel in Hatfield), which are one of the highest rated 4 star AA Rosette Hotel in the North London and Hertfordshire area.
Beales Hotels, a family owned business, are committed to developing their team and promoting from within where possible. We offer a range of benefits and discounts/perks including:
• uniform and meals on duty
• generous hotel discounts after six months’ service
• discounted gym membership at nearby leisure centre
• staff recognition scheme
• 20 days holiday, rising to 26 days after 5 years’ service (plus Bank Holidays)
• Staff boat trips

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 15 Oct 2017