Apprentice Chef Penleys

You will be responsible for assisting in the preparation, cooking and the presentation of food with the aim to delivering an excellent customer experience. You would also be required to undertake all reasonable duties as assigned by the head chef.

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    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).

  • Working week

    40 hours over 5 days but 8 of those spent working towards qualifications at college. The remaining 32 hours will be spread over 4 days based at work. Penleys offer an evening menu - Friday and Saturday nights might be required.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    17 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Principal responsibilities:

  • Learn different procedures of food preparation.
  • Prepare ingredients for dishes upon the instructions of chefs.
  • Assist in operating commercial cooking equipment such as stoves, cookers, ovens and fryers.
  • Make sure that food supplies are stored properly and used resourcefully.
  • Ensure that food items are properly rotated in refrigerators and any near expiry ones are dealt with according to the restaurant’s policies.
  • Help chefs in cooking activities by providing input and managing work.
  • Set up food stations by following chef’s orders.
  • Make sure that recipes are followed properly during food preparation and cooking time.
  • Handle portion control requirements and presentation standards.
  • Arrange food items aesthetically on serving plates.
  • Make sure that the kitchen is clean and organised at all times.
  • Ensure that best food practices and kitchen hygiene protocols are adhered to.
  • Provide guidance to kitchen staff in upholding high culinary standards.
  • Assist chef in developing menus and provide suggestions for alternates such as sauces and levels of spice for each entree.
  • Make sure that all leftover food is stored properly.
  • Assist in checking food deliveries for both quantity and quality standards.
  • Provide input into stock rotation activities and make sure that food inventory is in check.
  • Learn and employ the basics of food aesthetics in sync with the restaurant’s set instructions.
  • Maintain a “clean as you go” work ethic.

The training will be delivered in the form of work based learning and will include Functional Skills.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Flexible approach to work.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Able to work under pressure and multitask.
  • Self-motivation and a passion for cooking.
  • Good work ethic and a commitment to learning.
  • Culinary skills will be developed on the apprenticeship programme.

Personal qualities

  • Honest, reliable, and hard working with the ability to work under pressure.
  • Friendly, with ability to work in harmony with colleagues.
  • Proactive approach and positive attitude.
  • Good work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Clean, tidy, and presentable – setting an example to other staff members
  • Effective interpersonal skills in order to liaise with internal and external customers.

Qualifications required

  • Ideally GCSEs grades A-D in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications.

Future prospects

This is a long term opportunity with real future prospects. Penleys hope that the Apprentice will remain within the business and continue to grow as a valuable member of the team.

Things to consider

The kitchen is often very hot and stressful. The candidate will show stamina and commitment to achieving their apprenticeship. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour from 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Penley’s Cafe, Bar & Restaurant offers a friendly and relaxed service with an excellent variety of freshly-prepared food cooked to order using locally sourced produced where possible. You can choose to either eat in or take away; Breakfasts, Mains, Panini’s, Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Jacket Potatoes, Omelettes and a Children's Menu, most of which are served with our delicious homemade chunky chips. To drink choose from exquisite coffee, a range of specialty teas and delicious hot chocolates as well as local beer, wine and soft drinks. Penleys is owned and run by Amanda Penrose and Matthew Colley for the past seven years, and has proved an outstanding success so much so they have recently opened a second Cafe, Bar & Restaurant in Richmond, North Yorkshire. After a full refurbishment to the same high standards the Cafe, Bar & Restaurant is becoming a fast firm favorite with locals and visitors to the area. The new site is situated in the central market place of Richmond.





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Additional location information

Market Place Richmond

Training provider

  • To assist in the production and service of food for the Café Bar and catering operation, ensuring consistently high standards are adhered to in all aspects of the job whilst obtaining a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard.
  • This is a full time position, and will include attendance at Darlington College one day per week, offering an excellent opportunity for an aspiring chef to gain the knowledge, experience, and qualifications to embark on a successful career in the catering industry.
  • The training will be delivered in the form of work based learning and will include Functional Skills.

Apprenticeship standard

Hospitality > Commis Chef

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Darlington College


Mark Thorpe 01325 503210

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2017