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Commis Chef Level 2

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Hospitality & Catering Commis Chef Level 2
25 Aug 2021
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Hours will include weekend and evenings, with two days off during the week
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Apprentice Chef
The Chambers
£4.30 an hour, 40 hours a week
Hours will include weekend and evenings, with two days off during the week
The Chambers has approximately 100 covers. It is uniquely fashioned, generally in the style of a gentlemen’s club and attracts a lot of white-collar workers.
The Apprentice Commis Chef will assist in with the daily operation of the kitchen whilst ensuring that the restaurants reputation for excellent food quality is upheld.
Specific Responsibilities
  • Assist in the preparation and cooking of menu items as directed by the Head Chef
  • Assist in the development and planning of menus, including identifying future food trends and displaying a passionate approach towards the development of new styles of service and concepts
  • Assist with stock taking, when required
  • Contribute towards the smooth and efficient running of the kitchen
  • Ensure that customers are given a prompt and efficient service and expectations are consistently exceeded
  • Be customer focused at all times; approachable and quick to exceed expectations in fulfilling customer needs
  • Assist team members when required
  • Gain an understanding of food costing, sales mix and menu planning
  • Ensure stock, deliveries and wastage are all checked and recorded in line with company and food standards
  • Adhere to the company’s Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and Environmental policies at all times
  • Ensure that food storage areas are maintained in accordance with the company’s Food Hygiene, Healthy and Safety and Environmental policies and procedures

GCSE 9-2/A*-E in English and maths or Functional Skills Level 1 in both.
  • If you wish to progress to Level 3 Chef de Partie you will need to already have GCSE 9-4/A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in both OR do maths and English to GCSE 4/Functional Skills Level 2 during the Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship.
What does the programme include?
This apprenticeship has been designed to develop the apprentice into the role of Commis Chef. The most important part of the role is developing the preparation of food and carrying 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. 
Typically during this 13-month programme, the apprentice will develop skills in team work, communication and business costings. Students will learn and master recognising and understanding sources and quality points of common food groups and commodities, recognise how technology supports the development and production of dishes and menu items in the kitchen and understand how personal and team performance impact on the successful production of dishes and menu items.
The apprentice will be assessed to the apprenticeship standard using four complementary assessment methods. The assessment is synoptic i.e. takes a view of the overall performance of the apprentice in their job role. The assessment activities will be completed by the independent end assessor by an on demand test, practical observations, culinary challenge observation and professional discussion.
What attendance is required?

Monthly attendance at college during term-time, in class for one full day and attendance to English and Maths is essential if required. Additional attendance at college may be required for 
workshops and revision sessions. Attendance will be continuously monitored for college and employment.
Regular meetings with your trainer and employer, to discuss progress and ensure timely completion of all elements of the apprenticeship. These meetings may take place in college or in the workplace.
The apprentice will take responsibility for studying for the exams and gathering evidence and completing the portfolio of work, whilst in the workplace. The employer is responsible for managing the apprentice, supporting and mentoring throughout the apprenticeship, and liaising with the tutor on a regular basis. The training provider will supervise and support progress in developing the portfolio and support the apprentice in preparation for the synoptic case study exam. 
It is a Government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards your “Off the Job Learning” – off the job learning can consist of college attendance, homework/coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring, and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more information can be shared).
Learning and assessment

Apprentices will be taught by a fully qualified, experienced trainer in the classroom/kitchen, using a range of resources, including text books, demonstrations, practical tasks, and eLearning. Apprentices will have access to the college’s own Virtual Learning Environment, OneFile, and will be expected to complete off the job study for at least six hours per week. Apprentices are assessed by an external examiner at the end of their programme to achieve the Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship.
Apprentices build a portfolio of work and workplace trainer will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe the apprentices’ ability and skills in their daily role. It is important for the apprentice to take ownership of their own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer. The apprentice’s final grade will be determined by collective performance in the assessments in the endpoint assessment.
  1. On-Demand Test
  2. Practical Observation
  3. Culinary Challenge
  4. Professional Discussion (Apprentice to demonstrate that they can apply the broad range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours in the Standard).

Portsmouth College and Highbury College have merged to become the City of Portsmouth College. This apprenticeship will be registered under the Highbury College apprenticeship banner, with teaching and learning support from Portsmouth College. 

Future prospects
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship and subject to progress as an employee there is a full time role available. You can progress onto the Level 3 Chef de Partie if the business needs allow.