Apprentice Commis Chef The Old Broken Cross

A chance to launch a culinary career at a family-friendly, canal-side pub which offers an extensive menu of home-cooked food. Under the mentorship of the pub owner and Head Chef, the new recruit will play a key role in upholding the pub's high standards of superb service, quality meals and creating memorable dining experiences for customers.

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Closing date: 01 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Free meal while on duty.

  • Working week

    Monday to Sunday (exact shift pattern TBC but no longer than 40 hours a week)

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    31 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You’ll assist the team in food preparation and production and menu development as well as keeping the kitchen clean, tidy and organised.

  • Kitchen basics - cleaning, dishwashing, dealing with waste and recycling, food packaging and labelling and helping with food deliveries
  • Learn importance of food and health safety as well as gaining practical skills - knife handling, using kitchen equipment, food preparation, cooking and stock control
  • Progress to create your own recipes

The training you will be getting

The candidate will follow a Level 2 Apprenticeship programme and study towards a full Level 2 Standard in Commis Chef. This training will be structured and delivered by Cheshire College – South & West. If the candidate does not hold GCSE grades A-C (9-4) or equivalent, they will be required to complete a Level 1 Functional Skill in the relevant subject.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possible progression to a Head Chef role for the right candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Reliability, Passion to learn, Interest in food and cooking, Excellent time-keeping, Approachable, Friendly and polite


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 4/Grade C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 4/Grade C or above) Desired

Things to consider


About the employer

The Old Broken Cross is situated along side the Trent and Mersey canal on the edge of Northwich. This family friendly pub offers a traditional bar, snug, pool room and restaurant area that can cater for all events. There are three beer gardens to enjoy, one facing the canal where you can sit and watch the boats go by. We offer an extensive menu of home cooked food which also includes a lighter bite menu, daily specials and a varied kids menu. The traditional Sunday lunch is a widely talked about offer and represents exceptional value for money. Alongside the food menu there is a great selection of lagers, ciders, bitters, cask ales, wines, non alcoholic drinks and soft drinks. We offer Sky Sports and BT sports across 4 screens and an outdoor TV on one of our beer gardens. We have a pool table and dart board. We also have a regular entertainment programme. The Broken Cross offers a warm and family friendly welcome from all the team.


The Old Broken Cross






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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


Claire Garner

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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