Chef

You could start work as a kitchen assistant or trainee ‘commis’ chef and work your way up while learning on the job. You could apply for work with restaurants or catering companies. 

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
  • preparing attractive menus to nutritional standards
  • controlling and ordering stock and inspecting it on delivery
  • gutting and preparing animals and fish for cooking
  • scraping and washing large quantities of vegetables and salads
  • cooking and presenting food creatively
  • monitoring production to maintain quality and consistent portion sizes
  • working under pressure to make sure food is served on time
  • keeping to hygiene, health and safety and licensing rules

You could work at a restaurant, in an NHS or private hospital, at a school, at a college or on a cruise ship. Your working environment may be hot, physically demanding and humid. You may need to wear a uniform. With experience, you could progress to section chef (station chef) and look after a particular area like desserts. The next step is sous chef, running an entire kitchen when the head chef is busy. As head chef (also known as chef de cuisine), you’ll run a kitchen, create menus and manage the budget. You could move into the business side by taking a foundation degree or degree in hospitality management. Very large establishments have executive chefs, usually in charge of multiple outlets. This is a management role and you would do very little cooking.

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Interested in this or one of our other Work Experience opportunities?

Contact us for more information!!

Amy Dennison: amy@esnonline.org
Claire Marshall: claire@esnonline.org

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