Chefs prepare food using a variety of cooking methods, usually using fresh ingredients. In most kitchens you will work as part of a team under the direction of a Head Chef who is responsible for running the whole kitchen. You will need a keen interest in food and cooking and to do several tasks at once–at times under pressure. If you are creative then this is one career where you will be able to show off your skills by presenting dishes in imaginative ways.
You will usually start as a kitchen assistant or trainee chef, also known as commis chef. At this level you will normally spend time in each area of the kitchen, learning a range of skills and how to look after kitchen equipment. With experience, you could progress to section chef, also known as station chef and chef de partie. In this role, you would be in charge of an area of the kitchen. The next step is sous chef, where you would be running the entire kitchen for the head chef when needed. At Head Chef level, you would be responsible for creating and updating the menus, and for producing and meeting financial budgets.
Hours are likely to involve early mornings and/or late nights depending on where you work. You can also expect to cover weekends and public holidays. Kitchens are hot and humid and very busy around key meal times. You would wear chef whites and a hat for hygiene reasons.
- A trainee (commis) chef may start on a salary of around £13,000 a year.
- Section chefs (chefs de partie) can earn up to £16,000 a year, and a second chef (sous chef) may earn around £22,000 a year.
- Head chefs (chefs de cuisine) can earn up to £30,000 a year.
- An executive head chef in a top hotel can earn between £40,000 and £50,000 or more.
Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.
HTP Apprenticeship College offers three great ways to get your career started: a Full-time course, a Traineeship or an Apprenticeship. Full-time courses are available at Level 1, Traineeships where you undertake work experience to make sure that becoming a chef is right for you, or an Apprenticeship where you will be earning and learning right from the start. You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start a Professional Cookery programme with HTP, although good grades in maths and English would be beneficial.
“The Apprenticeship has made a huge difference to me as a person. I’ve grown in confidence and gained skills I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the team around me.”
Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP Apprenticeship College. You could too!
Congratulations to these young people who have recently succeeded in Professional Cookery with HTP Apprenticeship College:
- Chloe-Dee Lockwood
- Joshua Menke
- Isaac Croucher
- Jake Sinnicks
- Jasmine King
- Carl Nash
- Cameron Smith
- Harriet Sturgess
- Dean Wickens
- Sophie Salway
Get started today – your way
There are 3 great ways you can begin your career through HTP Apprenticeship College. Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.
Get straight into work
The Intermediate Apprenticeship is made up of the following qualifications:
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery, Food Production and Cooking, Kitchen Services or the Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat & Poultry Industry Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (not required for Meat & Poultry framework)
- Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
The Advanced Apprenticeship is made up of the following qualifications:
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
- Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
- Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects)
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Get some experience first
Not sure if becoming a Chef is for you? No problem. Try working in a real business for up to 6 months and find out if it’s suitable for you. If for any reason it isn’t, we can help you find another opportunity! A Traineeship is a great way to gain experience, skills and knowledge, and progress onto an Apprenticeship or into other employment.
HTP Apprenticeship College works with a large number of hotels, pubs and restaurants who will offer a keen young person a chance to get into the industry. HTP will help find you the right potential employer for you and get you underway. When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals. On a Traineeship you will:
- get a minimum of 6 weeks work experience
- take part in classroom-based training at one of our training centres to help you prepare for work
- have the chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
- receive all the information, advice and guidance you need to get your career underway
After your Traineeship
After you have completed your Traineeship you will progress on to your Apprenticeship or into other employment.
Get ready and confident
This Full-time Course
You’ll be based at our Riverbank Campus at Little London in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where you will undertake the Level 1 Certificate in the Introduction to Hospitality Industry along with work experience with a local employer. Some of the things you’ll learn on this course include:
- customer service
- healthy eating
- basic food preparation and cooking
- the different kitchen equipment
- pastry and cake preparation and cooking methods
- meal planning and preparation
- food safety in catering
After your Full-time Course
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