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Apprentice Chef The Otter & Fish

If you have a passion for working with food, then we would love to hear from you. We are looking for an aspiring Chef to work as part of our busy team and we have an exciting opportunity for a hardworking and dedicated individual to join our kitchen as an Apprentice Commis Chef.

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Closing date: 10 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Hours to be worked on a rota - Monday to Sunday (Times to be confirmed). likely to be 10-2 and 6 -10pm so split shifts would be required

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    09 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Your main responsibilities will be to learn and carry out food preparation in any area of the kitchen as requested. You will be expected to work closely with the team to help deliver our high level of standard of service to the customer.

If you have the passion for the hospitality and food service, then we are keen to hear from you.

This is a full-time position, 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. 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 where necessary.

Principal responsibilities: 

  • Learn different procedures of food preparation
  • Prepare ingredients for dishes upon the instructions from more experienced members of the team
  • 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 the 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 standards
  • Make sure that all leftover food is stored properly
  • Assist in checking food deliveries for both quantity and quality standards
  • Maintain a “clean as you go” work ethic
  • Keep up to date with new products, menus and promotions
  • Supporting the kitchen team by making sure equipment is clean and available when needed, by using the pot wash and keeping the kitchen tidy

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

  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Good spoken communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure and multi-task
  • Self-motivation and a passion for cooking
  • Ability to carry out tasks quickly and competently
  • Ability to pick up detailed instructions quickly and follow them closely

Personal qualities

  • Keen to develop your skills in the hospitality sector and enthusiastic to learn
  • A smart tidy appearance with high standard of cleanliness and hygiene
  • A passion for food and we will teach you the rest

Desired qualifications

GCSEs grade C/4 and above (or equivalent qualifications) in English and maths.

Future prospects

A full time job for the right candidate on completion of the qualification and progression within the role. This is a long term opportunity with real future prospects. 

Things to consider

Shift patterns will be discussed at interview.

You will be required to attend an interview at Darlington College for all courses and Apprenticeships.

The kitchen can be very hot and sometimes stressful. The candidate will show stamina and commitment.

This vacancy could close at any time if the right candidate is found so please apply now to avoid disappointment


About the employer

Family owned restaurant serving freshly prepared food, cooked to order.

Overlooking the river tees in the picturesque village of Hurworth only 3 miles from Darlington, close to the north Yorkshire border.

Family owned & run since 2006, we pride ourselves on our food & service. The menus and service create a warm & welcoming atmosphere with the emphasis on food & service, ensuring a great experience. We serve traditional bar meals as well as a full a la carte menu, giving customers of all tastes plenty of choice. Our food is all homemade, prepared on the premises and sourced from the local area of Darlington and other local suppliers.


The Otter & Fish



Strait Lane



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Darlington College


Kay Sherwen 01325 503210

  • Level 2 Commis Chef standard

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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