A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal the most junior culinary role.
A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.
What apprentices will learn?
From this apprenticeship programme you will build on your knowledge and skills covering techniques such as preparing and cooking stocks, soups and sauces, a variety of dishes and desserts, as well as pastry and baking products. You will also cover vital elements of food safety, customer relations and business, as well as gaining Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.
Apprentices will develop specific sets of Knowledge and Understanding (Know it), Skills (Show it) and Behaviours (Live it). In brief they will learn about culinary, Food Safety and People and Business.
Employers will set their own entry requirements in order to start on this apprenticeship. However, you should
- Be 16 or over and in full-time employment. You will already be working in a suitable role – if you are not, we may be able to help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience, you will need to start at Level 2 as a Commis Chef.
- have a Level 2, you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3/D or above. However, all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
- If you have experience of working in the industry, we would be delighted to hear from you.
- If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in maths and English, you will need to undertake an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support for that subject.
Based on the entry requirements the minimum duration for this apprenticeship is 12 months.
How will I be assessed?
Your learning development coach will guide you through formative assessments in your workplace and at our college, including practical assessments, online tests and assignments. Your learning development coach will visit you regularly in your workplace and assist you throughout your training.
You may need to attend college workshop should your employer wish for you to gain additional skills – this will be discussed with you and your employer.
After completion of on the programme, you will require to complete end-point assessment. Completion of your apprenticeship end-point assessment will require the following:
- Multi-choice questionnaire
- Practical observation in a working environment
- Culinary challenge project and observation in a controlled environment
- Professional discussion
Progression from this apprenticeship is expected to be into a chef de partie role or senior production chef role.