Apprentice Commis Chef



Closes in 8 days (Friday 2 August)

Posted on 26 October 2023


This role will involve producing high quality food from fresh produce only. You will learn how to make everything from scratch - from jus, sauces, pastry, soups, to filleting fish. The only thing we buy in is our bread. You will get to work different sections in the kitchen, with a young talented team of chefs with Michelin experience behind them.

Annual wage
£13,312 to £23,795.20 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Commis chef (level 2)
The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday so the rota will be over these days, divided between late and early shifts.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 5 August


1 Year

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus one day per week during term time

Where you’ll work






An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Commis chef (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Contribute to reviewing and refreshing menus in line with business and customer requirements
  • Use technology for the development and production of dishes and menu items in line with business procedures and guidelines to achieve the best result
  • Check food stocks, report on shortages, prioritise food that is close to expiry and keep the storage areas in good order
  • Prioritise tasks, ensuring food items meet the required quality standard and in the required time frame
  • Measure dish ingredients and portion sizes accurately
  • Use a range of craft preparation and basic cooking skills and techniques to prepare, cook and finish dishes and menu items in line with business requirements
  • Use correct knives and knife skills when preparing food and use the correct equipment when preparing, cooking and finishing food
  • Correctly store and use food items and commodities when preparing, cooking and finishing dishes to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer
  • Apply correct preparation and selection methods when using fresh produce in dishes
  • Complete preparation and cooking tasks to a high standard, delivered on time and presented as described within the recipe specification
  • Maintain a clean and hygienic kitchen environment at all times, complete kitchen documentation as required
  • Work with others to ensure dishes produced are of high quality, delivered on time and to the standard required
  • Choose methods of communication that achieve effective team working
  • Develop own skills and knowledge through training and experiences
  • Deal with team challenges and problems constructively to drive a positive outcome
  • Effectively manage resources to meet specifications and control waste
  • Follow safe systems of work reporting risks in the appropriate manner
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths and English (grade A*-E/9-2)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Keen to engage
    • Self Motivated

    Other requirements

    The successful applicant preferably will need to have their own mode of transportation, as public transport is not sustainable in the long term for travel to where we are situated.

    About this company

    We are a privately owned 12 bedroom boutique hotel with a bar and dining room attached. We have a small kitchen brigade which will ensure you are always being taught things on the job. We have traded for over 10 years - through one of the toughest periods for hospitality (Covid and Brexit) and have come out strong. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • When qualified as a chef you can get a job wherever you decide to go in the future, either to London or even abroad etc
    • International hotel groups give great future prospects as higher level chefs being moved around different establishments

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Colchester Institute - Apprenticeships Team


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000208163.

    Apply now

    Closes in 8 days (Friday 2 August)

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