Apprentice Commis Chef COUNTRY TAVERNS LTD

Do you have the passion for food? We're looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working person to join our friendly, talented team of chefs at our award-winning restaurant, The Black Horse at Ireland, Bedfordshire. Gain your qualification whilst earning a wage and tips as you learn to prepare exciting dishes using quality fresh seasonal ingredients.

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Closing date: 01 Nov 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Plus share of the tips, Company Pension (where applicable), Opportunities for promotion at the end of your course

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Days and times to be confirmed. Wednesday to Saturday, split shifts (lunchtimes and evenings). Sunday: Extended lunch shift (with Sunday evenings off).

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    14 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Training as a Commis Chef, working towards a level 2 qualification, you’ll be involved in all aspects of the daily kitchen routine.

Initially, you’ll work closely with other chefs to help build your confidence within a new environment and to ensure your safety, as you become confident in your abilities and using your new found skills, you’ll begin to run your own areas within the kitchen.

Duties will include:

  • Take part in food safety training in line with current legislation
  • Supporting senior chefs 
  • Prepare ingredients
  • Cook fresh ingredients using various different cooking methods and techniques
  • Plating and presentation of food
  • Portion and stock control

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

Commis Chef level 2 standard.

Working as a commis chef is a great way of getting started in a kitchen, while it’s the most junior culinary role, it provides a means of learning a range of key skills on the job. A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef.

A primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen. This gives them the opportunity to experience, consider and value each
section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired.

As an apprentice commis chef, you will learn in different ways, from online learning, practical learning on site with your peers, as well as having a one to one tutor who will support you through your apprenticeship.

Each month, you will learn something new and after 12 months, you'll be a fully qualified and experienced commis chef!

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Full-time chef position at The Black Horse.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 4) Desired

About the employer

Country Taverns Ltd is a family owned and run company that has been established for over 26 years. We own two restaurants in Bedfordshire; The Birch at Woburn and The Black Horse at Ireland, both with outstanding reputations for offering excellent fresh food and attentive service. At Country Taverns, we believe in looking after and supporting our staff and enhancing their personal welfare by providing a stable and happy work environment.




The Black Horse


Near Shefford

SG17 5QL


Jim Campbell

01525 861414

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

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