Apprentice Chef

What Is An Apprentice Chef?

A Chef in the making. The apprentice chef's main job is to assist the main cook or chef with simple tasks. They need to be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within their field, which they learn through 2-4 years of specialized vocational training in the culinary arts. An apprentice will perform a variety of tasks under general supervision. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Becoming an Apprentice Chef is usually the first step for those who have done vocational training in the branches of cookery or hotel. Through experience, improvement on the job, continuing education in different types of cuisine, and taking on more complex tasks enables an apprentice to move up and expand their horizons in the culinary fields.

What Does An Apprentice Chef Do?

Using prescribed recipes and/or oral instruction, an Apprentice Chef may cook a variety of foods including meats, fish, fowl, simpler dishes, sandwiches and salads. Miscellaneous pre-preparation duties are conducted by the apprentice including cleaning and maintenance associated with their assigned work stations. An apprentice may participate in filling individual orders for hot foods, beverages, and other food items as well as replenishing food and beverage items in self-service areas. The responsibility for initiating orders for some types of food and supplies may be given to the apprentice. Some Apprentice Chefs perform catering duties at special events.

Characteristics of An Apprentice Chef

An Apprentice Chef has a love for food and works hard to be excellent in their field. He or she has a positive view of self and demonstrates friendliness, adaptability, empathy and politeness. The Apprentice sets personal goals and is a “self-starter.” They are team players that understand the importance of good academic skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in the workplace. An Apprentice Chef has integrity and demonstrates proper etiquette in business communications, including an awareness of requisites for international countries. And above all, he or she understands occupational safety issues, including avoidance of physical hazards.

The Nitty Gritty: Salary

An Apprentice Chef can make from $26,000 to $32,000/year. Pay can be dramatically affected by compensable factors such as employer size, industry, employee credentials, and years of experience.

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