Apprentice Chef Peckforton Castle

An amazing opportunity for someone with a passion for food and a willingness to learn to join the team at the 3 AA Rosette and 4 Red Star award winning hotel, Peckforton Castle.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 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

    Including evenings and weekends

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    11 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

An amazing opportunity for someone with a passion for food and a willingness to learn to join the team at the 3 AA Rosette and 4 Red Star award winning hotel, Peckforton Castle.

Our 1851 Restaurant offers one of the region’s most exquisite experiences as holder of three AA Rosettes and a Taste Cheshire Award. .Alternatively the more informal and cosmopolitan 2010 Brasserie, located in the former scullery of the Castle, features many of the amazing features of the original kitchen including two cast iron cooking ranges dating back to the 1840's.

During this apprenticeship, you will be working in a busy kitchen assisting with all aspects of food preparation in line with Health & Safety and Food Safety Procedures.  Your main duties will include:

  • Preparing and cooking meat, fish, poultry for different dishes
  • Preparing vegetable and salad ingredients
  • Making soups and sauces.
  • Give Customers a positive impression of self and our organisation
  • Work effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Assist the Chefs in the service of food for weddings, dinners, etc
  • Practising knife techniques including chopping, cutting, slicing dicing and trimming.
  • Storing food items correctly and in rotation to minimise wastage
  • Helping to order stock and maintain preparation levels to avoid shortages.
  • Adhering to all standards as outlined in food safety management and health and safety legislation.
  • Taking responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of all guests, colleagues and self at all times in line with company policies and procedures.
  • Cleaning duties during and after service to ensure excellent standards of hygiene are delivered consistently within our kitchen

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Must be:

  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to work under pressure and have plenty of stamina
  • A good communicator
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Able to pay careful attention to detail and health and safety

Personal qualities

  • A High standard of personal presentation and hygiene
  • A strong interest in food and cooking
  • A willingness to work and be pro-active

Qualifications required

  • A good standard of education

Future prospects

Could lead to a exciting career in hospitality and catering

About the employer

Our castle has centuries of tradition within its walls, and the ageless charm you enjoy now is due to the vision held by the Naylor family when they took ownership back in 2006 A strong commitment to it being a family-run business has helped shape the success that Peckforton castle now enjoys – and will be the influence for growth in the future. Visit the stylish 1851 restaurant or the incredibly atmospheric wine cellar. View the magnificent entertaining rooms or stay in one of the 48 bedrooms. Book an outdoor experience such as our falconry encounter or go 'off road' with the land rover experience based at the castle and enjoy walking the "sandstone trail" which passes through the surrounding 4000 acres of forest.


Peckforton Castle


Stone House Lane



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Training provider

  • Level 2/3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
  • Functional Skills in Maths & English

Employment Rights & Responsibilities

Apprenticeship framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by West Cheshire College


janet brennan 01244 656 464

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017