Apprentice Chef The Bridgewater Arms

To assist in the production and service of food for the catering operation, ensuring consistently high standards are adhered to in all aspects of the job.

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Closing date: 29 Oct 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. Split shifts may be required and will be discussed at the employer interview stage.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    03 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This is a full time position, and which 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.

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.

You must have basic cooking skills and have the desire to learn new ones. You will have a good working attitude and enjoy the buzz of working in a busy kitchen environment.

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 organized 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 entrée.
  • 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.

N.B. This Job Description is designed to give you an overall view of the job and is not a definitive list of tasks.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

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

Previous experience in customer service, retail or hospitality would be an advantage although training will be given throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

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

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

Future prospects

This is a long term opportunity with real future prospects. The Bridgewater Arms hope that the apprentice will remain within the business and continue to grow as a valuable member of the team. Progression from this apprenticeship is expected to be into a chef de partie role or senior production chef role.

Things to consider

The kitchen is often very hot and stressful. The candidate will show stamina and commitment to achieving their apprenticeship.

About the employer

The Bridgewater Arms is a high quality restaurant which offers excellent cuisine, varied menu and wonderful ambience combine to provide their customers with a memorable dining experience. Situated in Winston, Co Durham, the Bridgewater Arms restaurant and pub provides cuisine catering to the highest standards. Serving both traditional dishes as well as providing the experience of fresh culinary ideas in the stylish ambience of our restaurant and lounge, with a specialty in seafood and shellfish.


The Bridgewater Arms




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Training provider

Full training in all aspects of the job will be given as you work towards a Level 2 apprenticeship. 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


Lesley Anderson 01325 503210

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Closing date: 29 Oct 2017