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Kitchens are often divided into sections. For example, vegetables could be prepared in one area, and meat and fish in another area. As an assistant, you will often support the chef in a specific work section.
Your duties would also include:
You would also help chefs get ready for serving food to customers. This could involve washing, peeling and trimming food items to make them ready for cooking when customers order them. You would use a variety of kitchen equipment such as automatic mixers, chipping machines and special knives and cutters.
Your hours of work can vary, but will usually include shifts, evenings, weekends and public holidays. If you work for a catering company and you are based at a factory or business, your hours are likely to be more regular than in a restaurant. Part-time, casual or seasonal work may be available.
Your working environment will often be hot, busy and noisy. You may find this work unsuitable if you suffer from certain skin conditions.
You will usually be provided with a uniform.
Starting salaries can be around £11,500 to £12,500 a year. With experience, this could rise to around £15,000 a year.
Please note, figures are intended as a guideline only.
You don’t usually need any particular qualifications to work as a kitchen assistant, but a good general secondary education would be useful. It will also help to have previous experience of working in a kitchen, in hospitality or a catering service.
Although not essential, you could prepare for this work by taking a qualification at college, such as:
You will usually receive on-the-job training by working closely with an experienced member of staff. This may be combined with day-release at college to learn about food hygiene, health and safety, and food preparation techniques.
You may be encouraged to work towards industry qualifications, such as:
Please review all application instructions before applying
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