Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship
About this course

A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal the most typical 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. Therefore having the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where you feel most inspired.

The learning journey of any chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next; however it is necessary to understand and have experience in the basics that this role provides in order to progress to any future senior chef role. 

What will I learn?

This apprenticeship is broken down into four sections; Culinary, Food Safety, People and Business. Each section will consist of knowledge units, skills untis and behavioural untis. 

The Culinary units of the apprenticeship will require you to:

  • Contribute to reviewing and refreshing menus in line with business and customer requirements
  • Use available technology in line with business procedures and guidelines to achieve the best result
  • Check food stocks, report on shortages and prioritise food that is close to expiry
  • Apply correct preparation and selection methods when using meat, poultry, fish and vegetables in dishes
  • Complete preparation and cooking tasks to a high standard, delivered on time and presented as described within the recipe specification

The Food Safety units of the apprenticeship will require you to:

  • Maintain a clean and hygienic kitchen environment at all times, complete kitchen documentation as required
  • Store, prepare and cook ingredients correctly to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer

The people units of the apprenticeship will require you to:

  • Use suitable methods of communication and operate in a fair and equal manner that demonstrates effective team working 
  • Support team members to produce dishes and menu items on time to quality standards
  • Develop good working relationships across the team and deal with challenges constructively to drive postive outcomes

The business units of the apprenticeship will require you to:

  • Follow instruction to meet targets and effectively control resources
  • Follow procedures regarding usage and waste of resources
  • Undertake all tasks with care abd attention, reporting risks in the appropriate manner 
Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE grade D (or equivalent) in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass intial assessments in Maths, English and ICT. An Entry Level 3 must be achieved for acceptance onto the apprenticeship programme. 

Study, assessment and qualifications

The duration of the Commis Chef apprenticeship will take 12 months to complete and you will be required to attened college for 1 day per week during term time. 

Additional costs and information
What could I do next?

On successful completion of the Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship, you can progress into a Chef De Partie apprenticeship role or a senior production chef role. 

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.