Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2


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You can become a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced commis chef by engaging with this apprenticeship opportunity.

It is designed for people working within a hotel, restaurant, bar, cruise ship or private household, or people who have been offered such a role.

A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef.

The primary role of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

As a result, you can experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area for progression in which you feel most inspired.

Why choose Brock for Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2?

At Brockenhurst College you will be supported by our dedicated team of chef assessors. All these people have many years of experience in the role of a chef, as well as national, international and military-based experience in culinary excellence.

Teaching & learning

Teaching will be delivered on a one-to-one basis for at least one hour at each meeting. The information will be logged in a format that can be retrieved for later use either manually or electronically.

Your college assessor will be a key source of support throughout the programme. If you are falling short, then together you will develop a one-to-one programme of upskilling in practical tasks, behaviours and knowledge.

Training structure

Your assessor will visit you in your workplace every two to three weeks to support you in gathering evidence to map into your portfolio/eportfolio.

Twenty-per-cent of your training will be off-the-job training, which typically includes visits, research and work shadowing.

You will also benefit from quarterly reviews and pre-planned micro assessments to work towards the programme criteria and plan for the End Point Assessment required by the awarding body.

You will study the following areas:

  • Culinary skills, including food preparation and cooking.
  • Food safety, including handling, preparing and storing food safely.
  • Health and safety, including how to work safely and with others.
  • People skills, including communication and listening.
  • Business skills, including basic food costing, ordering and stock control techniques.

Minimum entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above.
  • Functional Skills Maths and English will be completed as part of your apprenticeship if GCSE grade 4 is not achieved. 
  • A passion for food, willingness to learn and excellent listening skills are key attributes for a commis chef. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessments may occur over a minimum of two days and a maximum of two months.

Importantly, there will also be an End Point Assessment when both you and your employer decide you are ready.

This will comprise:

  • On-demand theory test
  • Practical observation 
  • Culinary challenge
  • Professional discussion

What can I do with this Apprenticeship?

This qualification is an ideal stepping stone towards establishing a career as a fully-qualified chef.

It will open doors to other employers and other areas of work, as well as helping you to develop your confidence in the kitchen.

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