Apprentice Commis Chef LEOPARD BREWERY TAP LTD

You will assist in all areas of the kitchen in a multi-award winning pub / restaurant, whilst studying for your apprenticeship. You will gain knowledge and experience by prepping various sections throughout the kitchen. As a commis chef, you will be expected to work to the same high standards as the rest of the team using recipes and specifications.

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Closing date: 01 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage up to £8 an hour

  • Working week

    Working 4 days a week. Days and times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    30 Jun 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful candidate will be taught basic traditional cookery in our brand new, recently refurbished kitchen using top of the range equipment as well as everything Health and Safety related. 

We believe in a work / life balance so operate on a 4-day working week with a day over the weekend included as a day off. We reward loyalty with our in-house reward scheme and life milestone bonuses throughout your journey with us and as a company, will always look to promote from within. This means there is a genuine opportunity to progress and develop your career. 

You will work with fresh, seasonal food on a frequently changing menu where we actively encourage ideas from everybody within the team. 
You will be expected to embrace our food culture and will be encouraged to add your input to menu development. 
No experience is necessary as you will be mentored and coached by our long serving chefs, not only in food preparation and cooking but all food safety and cleaning standards. 
We also offer further external training to our chefs to help maintain and encourage their learning.

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 and West.

If the candidate does not hold GCSE grades A-D (9-3) 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

At the end of the apprenticeship, we would support you onto the progression path to Head Chef.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Reliable, Willingness and passion, Effective verbal communication


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D/3 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade D/3 or above) Desired

Things to consider

We have a good range of transport links nearby but please check they are suitable for yourself.

About the employer

We believe in Nantwich, the Leopard has been a great success for us as a Joule’s Taphouse and we are excited to invest in Nantwich furthermore. Inspired by a 19th century hunting lodge, it was important for us to incorporate this design into the project, just like we did in 2012 when we first refurbished the Leopard. We have doubled the capacity of the pub, with a steel frame extension to the rear, including a large retractable roof to create an idyllic garden room feel, perfect for those summer evenings. Other additions are also a state-of-the-art meeting room, an extended comfortable high seating bar, dining booths for privacy and a standout bar to showcase our ever-growing Joule’s Brewery beer portfolio with Green Monkey being the Flagship brand for the Leopard. As a nod to our hunting lodge inspired Taphouse, we have also added a Hunter’s Hideout Secret Garden bar on the terrace area, not something we have ever done before, but knowing what a popular summer location the Leopard Garden is, it felt like a perfect opportunity to create something special and stand out. Our main goal was to create a fantastic Brewery Taphouse, after all, pubs are the honey pot of our community and we are excited for the public to experience the Leopard, taking in all the intricate details that our Project Manager, Jack Nuttall, and his build team have carefully crafted and created. This project has been one of our biggest investments to date, with a spend of £330,000. We are confident with our refurbishments and designs and our goal in Nantwich was to create an amazing Taphouse offer for our customers, that’s what is most important to us. Landlords Gary and Sam have been in place for over 10 years and are also fully invested and committed to the local community. We worked hard behind the scenes in the months prior to the project, discussing the detail of what the Leopard will offer upon reopening, including Live Music sessions, pub quizzes and games alike. Famous for their street-inspired food style, their incredible burgers are their signature range and knowing how important an enticing food offer is to Leopard offer, they have also invested in the kitchen facility. We’re really looking forward to welcoming all the regulars and new faces to visit us once again in April.







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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


Miss Sophie Foreman


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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