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Chef Apprentice St Austell Brewery Company Ltd

Do you have a passion for cooking with fresh, locally sourced ingredients? Do you want to work in some of the most sought-after locations in the South-West? We are now looking for our next intake of chef apprentices, providing a great opportunity for anyone wishing to start a career in cooking.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Varied shifts throughout the week. One day a week at college

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Throughout the course of this 12-month apprenticeship you will work with experienced chefs in a fast paced and fun environment, as part of a high energy team. You will also learn and practice a huge range of valuable cooking skills thorough attending off site practical workshops organized by our training providers. You will be expected to practice and perfect your newly found skills when you are back in the workplace. Your practical lessons, and the experience you will gain as part of a busy commercial kitchen team, will enable you to progress onto becoming a qualified chef and an integral member of your kitchen team.

What should a successful applicant expect from this role?

  • You will be expected to work within every section of the kitchen, pitching in wherever needed
  • As an apprentice chef, your attendance to all training activities and workshops is essential. You will be responsible for ensuring that you are present at all training sessions
  • In the workplace, you will be responsible for recording your onsite training and will be expected to share this with your training advisor and head chef on a frequent basis
  • You will also learn to understand best and safe working practices in a commercial kitchen and learn how to contribute towards the safe delivery of food to our guests
  • You will learn how to organize yourself and your kitchen section effectively in preparation for a busy service, effectively design and cost a dish from scratch, manage stock and effectively control waste
  • You will also gain a broad range of ‘from scratch’ cooking knowledge and skill, practicing multiple disciplines, from making and baking bread, preparing and cooking fresh seafood and shellfish and a whole lot more
  • As your skills develop, you will be expected to work with top quality fresh local produce, playing a hands-on role in preparing and cooking dishes to the required specification and standard

Some of the key responsibilities of this role include:

  • As part of your role, you will be self-driven and determined to deliver the best experience for our guests
  • You will use customer feedback to improve our service and help develop our food offering
  • You will have a passion to learn from others in your team and offer support to your colleagues across all functions of the kitchen
  • You will bring a positive attitude and energy to the team and understand the value of others in your team
  • You will follow process and procedures set out by your Head Chef and the Food Team, to ensure the safe and efficient production of our food offer
  • You will be punctual and well-presented and take pride in your role
  • As an apprentice chef, you will always be on the lookout for dishes that are not to specification or to the required standard
  • You will be passionate about improving dishes and will openly share ideas with your Head Chef and your team
  • Completion and recording of skill requirements for the apprenticeship
  • Successful completion of your end-point assessment

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills


  • You may have some experience in the kitchen or just have a desire to start a career as a chef

Personal qualities

  • Positive attitude
  • Desire to start a career as a chef
  • Outgoing
  • Self motivated
  • Good communicator
  • Adaptable

Desired qualifications


  • GCSE or equivalent Grade 4/C or above in maths, English and Science or will need to sit Functional Skills qualification


  • Previous hospitality experience

Future prospects

On completion of successful apprenticeship, there may be an opportunity for a full time position

About the employer

Why choose St Austell Brewery? We have over 160 years’ experience in hospitality and we know what it takes to succeed as a chef. Our beautiful pubs and hotels in sought after locations are some of the best in the country, offering a range of culinary experiences from local Cornish fishing pubs, premium hotels and city centre bars providing a range of skills and experiences. Our food is freshly prepared, working in partnership with local suppliers.


St Austell Brewery Company Ltd



Holmbush Road

PL25 3LL

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Truro College




The programme involves developing effective knowledge, behaviours and skills in four main areas – culinary, people, business and food safety with specific topics including:

  • Preparing, cooking and finishing basic dishes including fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, game, stocks and sauces, bread and dough, rice and pasta, soups, vegetables and pulses, egg dishes, hot and cold desserts, cakes and biscuits
  • Health, safety and security of the working environment including food safety and hygiene practices
  • Food waste management and minimisation
  • Professional behaviours – timekeeping, attendance, following company standards, reliability, communication
  • Importance of working within budgets
  • Understanding the supply chain and how to work with suppliers
  • Risks in a work environment and how to manage them
  • Taste – basic flavour profile, seasoning, herbs and spices
  • Correct techniques including common knives, tools and equipment
  • Key allergens
  • Working as part of a team
  • Meeting targets and effectively controlling resources


  • Contribute to reviewing and refreshing menus in line with business and customer requirements
  • Use available technology in line with business procedures and guidelines to achieve the best result
  • Measure dish ingredients and portion sizes accurately
  • Use correct knives and knife skills when preparing food and use the correct equipment when preparing, cooking and presenting food
  • Store, prepare and cook ingredients correctly to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer
  • Develop own skills and knowledge through training and experiences
  • Support team members to produce dishes and menu items on time to quality standards
  • Perform role to the best of own ability in line with the business values and culture
  • Follow instruction to meet targets and effectively control resources
  • Undertake all tasks with due care and attention, reporting risks in the appropriate manner


  • Show enthusiasm for keeping up to date with business and industry trends
  • Use technology and equipment in line with training
  • Pay attention to detail and work consistently to achieve standards
  • Demonstrate care and attention when using knives and equipment
  • Has an appreciation of ingredients
  • Demonstrate high personal hygiene standards
  • Take pride in own role through an enthusiastic and professional approach to tasks

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Dec 2021