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Apprentice Chef The Black Bull Hotel

Join our friendly, family run team and learn from experienced Chefs while working towards your Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship. For the right person, there is the opportunity to secure full time employment and progress to higher level qualifications.

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Closing date: 08 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    The business operate Monday - Sunday serving, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, shifts will be agreed and hours will include evenings and weekend working. One day per week will be spent at Darlington College, hours to be discussed at interview

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    18 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    25 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Learn different procedures of food preparation 
  • Prepare ingredients for dishes upon the instructions of the Chef
  • 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 dealt with according to the restaurant’s policies 
  • Help the Chef 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 organised 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 
  • 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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to comunicate
  • Organised
  • Can do attitude with a flexible approach
  • Attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic
  • Passion for food, culinary skills will be taught
  • Good communicator
  • Team Player

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE Grades C/4 or above in maths and English or equivalent

Future prospects

  • Possible future progression on successful completion of the apprenticeship

Things to consider

  • 30 hours per week including one day per week spent working towards qualifications at college. Please note that the 30 hours worked as an average over the duration of the apprenticeship therefore you could be working more hours during high season and less hours when business is quiet, the 30 hours will be an average over this period.  This will be discussed at interview
  • The kitchen is often very hot and stressful. The candidate will show stamina and commitment to achieving their apprenticeship

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):


The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £4.30 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 £6.45 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.70 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).

About the employer

Dating from 1680 the Black Bull, with its delightful period features, is Reeth's oldest surviving Inn. Overlooking the expansive village green with stunning views of Swaledale, this beautiful old hostelry provides quality accommodation and a wide variety of foods freshly prepared by our in house Chefs. A fine selection of real ales and quality wines are offered in our traditional bar, while regular live music and special events contribute to the friendly atmosphere which attracts locals and visitors alike.

We embrace the principle of good food in relaxed surroundings, we always use the freshest and best of ingredients and buy locally wherever possible.

Our menus celebrate a fabulous array of locally sourced meats, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood. As the seasons change so do our menus, to reflect the wealth of local produce for which this area is renowned; expect Blackboard Specials that reflect this. Our Dessert Menu provides a truly fabulous finish to any meal. 

On a Sunday lunchtime  we serve our Sunday Carvery and we strongly recommend you book a table.

Pet and child friendly we pride ourselves on offering friendly and efficient service; showcasing the best of local produce in our menus, as well as stocking an extensive range of wines and cask ales. A traditional pub complete with flag stone floors, exposed beams and roaring fires in winter. For those wishing overnight accommodation our well appointed en-suite rooms, most with stunning views of Reeth and Swaledale provide a peaceful and charming place to stay. 


The Black Bull Hotel




DL11 6SZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Darlington College


Kay Sherwen 07483103284

Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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