Apprentice Chef - Wagamama Wagamama - Royal Festival Hall

We are looking for the next generation of aspiring chefs to join the Wagamama family and kick start an amazing development journey. Starting as an apprentice line chef in our restaurant, you'll receive full on-the-job training, so there's no need to worry if you've never worked within a kitchen before!

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

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Closing date: 28 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shift work including weekends. Exact shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    03 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Inspired by fast paced, Japanese ramen bars, wagamama brings the fresh, flavours of Asia to all.


We're not just a company, we're a family whereby our beliefs and shared values create our strong culture epitomized by our people mantra of 'be you, be Wagamama'


Our kitchens:

We take pride in our kitchens; maintenance is a priority and we have state-of-the-art equipment. Our standards are high. Our ingredients are cooked fresh. We serve hot food when it's ready. You'll find no microwaves or heat lamps here. Our open kitchens mean you get to interact with our guests spreading positivity from bowl to soul.


You don't need previous kitchen experience or to have worked with Asian food before, just a passion for food, a great attitude and a willingness to learn, we'll teach you the rest!


We have a dedicated 4-week training period when you join us, so we'll teach you everything you need to know to become a true wokstar!


As a Wagamama apprentice line chef, you'll receive some great benefits:

- brilliant hourly rate and a share of staff tips

- weekly pay, every Friday

- flexible shifts

- free meal on shift

- a clean uniform provided every shift

- christmas day off

- opportunity to gain a national qualification through the apprenticeship

- 30% discount at Wagamama and when dining with friends and family

- company pension scheme

- financial wellbeing support


What you'll do:

- depending on the shift you work, you may start as early as 7am or finish as late as midnight

- you'll prepare, cook and present Wagamama dishes, following our recipes and specifications

- you'll use fresh ingredients to cook hundreds of dishes for guests every single day

- you'll own one of our four stations - wok, ramen, teppan and fry

- you'll manage a section, ensuring you're set up and ready for service and keeping it clean throughout your shift

- you'll keep our kitchens clean, safe and up to a high standard by following our health and safety procedures and cleaning practices

- you'll work as a team with the other chefs and have each other's backs

- between your daily role responsibilities, you'll complete your apprenticeship in your restaurant, during work hours which includes monthly 1-2-1 facilitated learning sessions with a trainer and weekly independent self-study

- you'll travel to and attend 6 offsite one-day masterclasses at a regional training kitchen venue during your first 12 months


What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Production chef level 2 apprenticeship standard

Level 1 functional skills in maths and English (if you do not already hold GCSE or equivalent qualifications in these subjects)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Your career journey starts here! Wagamama offer apprenticeships which could see you develop all the way to head chef, general manager and beyond!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team Working, Organisation Skills


Other None required (Grade None required) Desired

Things to consider

You'll be required to travel to and attend 6 masterclasses outside of your restaurant during the first 12 months. These will take place during paid working hours. Travel expenses will be covered by Wagamama. Vacancy dates are to be used as a guide, if the right candidate is found the vacancy may close early.

About the employer

Inspired by fast-paced Japanese ramen bars, Wagamama burst into life in 1992. We set out to create a unique way of eating. To play with spices and discover tastes. Bringing the fresh, nourishing flavours of Asia to all. Each day we strive to become masters of our craft. We take pride in what we do, every day, for the benefit of others. It's alive in our kitchens, our service, our people and our dishes.


Wagamama - Royal Festival Hall


unit 19, zennor trade park

SW12 0PS

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Mar 2023