Apprentice Commis Chef The Ingham Swan

The successful apprentice will be involved with a range of kitchen tasks, including vegetable preparation and timekeeping. The apprentice will work alongside more experienced members of the kitchen team and will be involved in creating new dishes and sharing new ideas. There will be plenty of opportunities to cook a range of dishes.

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Closing date: 17 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    60 minute break every day- 30 minutes are paid, 30 minutes are unpaid.

    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

    Hours will fall across the working week, but you will be expected to start at 9:00. Service finishes at 14:00 and resumes at 18:00, with a 21:00 finish. Work may be available in between services but if not, time can be dedicated to college work. Apprentices are paid for normal working hours and their training as part of the apprenticeship. Please note that under 18s will not work over 8 hours per day. Days TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Apprentice Chef, you will assist the Chef and will train to skilfully produce a variety of good quality food dishes to a high standard of preparation, production and presentation.

Main duties will include:

  • Preparing and cooking vegetables, salads, sweets, butchery, and sauces.
  • Preparing starter and dessert plates.
  • Assisting with preparation and using basic cooking skills and techniques to produce dishes.
  • Using traditional cuts and preparation techniques for meat, poultry, fish and vegetables.
  • Working as part of the kitchen team to ensure that the dishes produced are of a high quality and delivered on-time.
  • Measuring dish ingredients and portion sizes in line with recipe specifications.
  • Identifying principles of basic food preparation, allergens, diet and nutrition.
  • Checking food stocks and ensuring food storage areas are in good order.
  • Assisting with set up, preparation and cleaning tasks.
  • Always maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen environment and completing kitchen documentation, as required.
  • Following food safety legislation and procedures.
  • Helping to review and refresh menus in line with business and customer requirements.
  • Keeping up to date with business and industry trends.
  • Assisting with all general kitchen duties.

Working in a kitchen environment can be pressured and stressful at times in order to ensure timely service delivery from the kitchen; it is equally rewarding for somebody who is keen to learn and develop in the hospitality industry. 

Enthusiasm and a true passion for food are key to this role.

You will be required to work well as part of a team and you must be prepared to take direction and guidance from senior members of the kitchen team.

The training you will be getting

For the full apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English.
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in maths. 

For the End Point Assessment (EPA), apprentices will undertake a knowledge test, practical assessment with questioning (culinary challenge and observation) and a professional discussion regarding the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence.

Apprentices must attend college sessions once a week (term-time) at the Ipswich Road campus, located near Norwich city centre.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

A position may be available for the right candidate following successful completion of the apprenticeship. The business is looking for somebody who wants to develop and gain a position following their apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Methodical, Able to prioritise, Basic knife skills, Willing to learn, Enthusiasm, Take pride in your work, Interest in food/ the industry, Committed and reliable, Excellent time- keeping


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 2/ E or L1 Functional Skills) Desired

Things to consider

All levels of skill, knowledge and experience are welcome to apply as full training will be given through employment and college development. Candidates will need to be able to travel to and from work as there are no buses to/ from Stalham and the local roads are rural. More than 30 hours per week may be available, pending further discussions with the business.

About the employer

The Ingham Swan is a 3 AA Rosette, Michelin Recommended Restaurant located in North East Norfolk just minutes from the coast. We offer fine dining in a relaxed, show-stopping setting thanks to our heritage building. We’ve got a cast-iron commitment to seasonality, taking great pride in bringing dishes together that embrace every season. Our locally-inspired menu changes daily across our Lunch & Dinner Du Jour, A La Carte, Taster and Sunday Lunch; featuring Ingham Swan favourites, brand new dishes as well as ideas and flavours from my time on BBC2’s Great British Menu as well as from time spent in the kitchens of leading London restaurants.


The Ingham Swan





NR12 9AB

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


City College Norwich (Apprenticeships)


Apprenticeship standard

Commis chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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