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Commis Chef Apprentice Red Carnation Hotels-Trading As Acorn Inn

A great opportunity to work in an award winning restaurant in the heart of the West Dorset countryside. We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Commis Chef to join the team. This role is ideal for an Apprentice Commis Chef who is genuinely keen on developing a career producing excellent dishes using fresh produce.

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Closing date: 01 Feb 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Mon-Sun. Flexible, some evenings, weekends, Bank Holidays. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 32.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    07 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties will include:

  • Preparations (Mise en Place)
  • Cooking and dressing plates as the candidate progresses during apprenticeship
  • Cleaning
  • Manage your time carefully
  • Complete your work to exacting standards with the guidance from Senior Chefs
  • Stock checks, stock control and waste management
  • Identifying commonly used knives and equipment and their specific uses
  • Team working and developing working relationships
  • Maintain a high level of good hygiene standard
  • Ability to work alongside others with a positive attitude, maintain good time keeping

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team player
  • Good knowledge of food hygiene and health & safety
  • Good knife skills

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Passionate about the industry and keen to learn
  • Able to take instructions and carry out duties appropriately
  • Someone who can learn from mistakes and move forward
  • Determination – a ‘get up and go’ attitude
  • Enjoy working within a fast-paced, hot kitchen
  • Focused on the detail, attention to cleaning tasks
  • Passionate about cooking and focused on quality
  • Reliable & trustworthy – always turning up for shifts and training sessions
  • Commitment and willingness to learn

Desired qualifications

GCSE English and GCSE maths (grade A*-C or 9-4), or equivalent qualification desired, but not essential.

Future prospects

On completion of the Apprenticeship, there may be further opportunities within the business on a permanent basis.

Things to consider

Apprenticeship to start when hospitality can open again.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):

About the employer

The Acorn Inn, run by the enthusiastic and experienced management team of Natalie and Richard, is that increasingly rare thing – a traditional village pub full of life, laughter and good company, but with an award-winning restaurant that’s a star attraction in its own right. 

Built in the 16th century from the honey coloured local stone this old coaching inn still retains its original historical character and charm. Thomas Hardy mentions it as 'The Sow & Acorn' in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' and the style, with its old beams, low ceilings, oak panelling, flagstone floors and roaring open fires is little changed from his era.

Ten comfortable en-suite hotel rooms in our family and pet friendly inn provide modern creature comforts including free Wi-Fi, but with traditional fabrics and furnishings in keeping with the period.

The country pub is very much at the heart of the community, with a lively bar frequented by a great crowd of regulars who enjoy the real ales, quiz nights, skittles leagues and yard of ale drinking challenges in the company of laid back Jack. And yet the restaurant also wins top accolades from the serious foodies who come back time and again for the exceptional gastro experience.


Red Carnation Hotels-Trading As Acorn Inn



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Richard Longden +447880480806

Training on all sections of the kitchen as well as food hygiene, stock rotation, menu planning, costing and assisting with college projects and assessments.

Including 20% off the job training at Yeovil College.

  • Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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