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Chefs are skilled professionals who can prepare food for all occasions, banquets, business lunches, large events and even for VIPs. They are in high demand across the country, making it a great choice for those looking to progress to the top.

Previous experience is not needed to get started. Apprentices should just have a passion for food, enjoy working as part of a team and be ready to learn.

There are two entry-level chef apprenticeships to choose from:

  • level 2 production chef: usually helping to prepare large amounts of food following recipes
  • level 2 commis chef: supporting senior chefs, helping to prepare food and keep the kitchen running smoothly

After completion, apprentices may move on to level 3 senior production chef or level 3 chef de partie.

Apprenticeship duration: approx. 12 months

Salary expectations: starting salary can be up to £20k. This can rise quickly due to demand.

Find out more about a chef apprenticeship

Where could you work?

Both production chefs and commis chefs will work in a range of venues, pubs, restaurants, hotels and even on cruise ships.

“We are really proud to have offered apprenticeships to over 10,000 people in the last 5 years, many straight from school, watching them accelerating into management positions and winning awards along the way.”

- Jan Smallbone, Director of Learning & Talent Development, Mitchells & Butlers

Meet some apprentices

Meet Theo, who has found his passion as a production chef at an Italian restaurant.

Meet Esther, a commis chef who aims to open her own restaurant.

Meet Tom, who is now a kitchen team leader.

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