Commis Chef Apprenticeship

St John’s College Oxford have a fantastic opportunity for a budding chef to join their kitchen team, learn the trade and work towards gaining a Level 2 Commis Chef Qualification.

Number of Positions Available


About Employer

St John’s College is one of the larger colleges within the University of Oxford. Founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White, the College is a long-established member of the thirty-eight colleges of Oxford University. Like all colleges, it is an independent, self-governing establishment, which functions both as an academic institution and as a social and residential centre for its members. The College has around 650 students and 100 Fellows.

Detailed Job Description

St John’s College is one of the larger colleges within the University of Oxford. St John's is a fantastic place to work, in the heart of Oxford. Its historic buildings and beautiful gardens are complemented by first class modern facilities. The College has around 650 students and 100 Fellows.
St John's College has an opportunity for an apprentice chef to join their kitchen team, along with catering for students, staff and Fellows of the College, St. John’s caters for private weddings, dinners and external conferences. The post holder will be required to work within a large brigade of chefs, in various food production areas. So the successful candidate will learn the trade alongside working towards gaining a Level 2 Commis Chef Qualification.
Duties will include:
• Ingredient preparation
• Cooking meals through various different cooking methods
• Plating up and presentation of food
• Taking instruction from senior chefs
• Cleaning and clearing down work stations
• Working in a safe manner at all times
• Portion control
• Assist the Chefs in the preparation of food to the highest standard
• Adhere to portion and waste controls
• Complete a variety of tasks, such as making fresh bread, pasta and ice cream
• Adhere to time schedules in the preparation and cooking of food
• Safety Regulations
• Comply with the Food Safety Act and general food hygiene regulations
• Comply with Health and Safety regulations and fire safety precautions (including COSHH and
• the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment)
• Comply with the College’s Health and Safety Policy
• Be aware of and follow the College’s allergy procedures

Skills Required

Flexibility regarding working hours (the post holder must be willing to work weekends, evenings and help out where and when required)
Good interpersonal and communication skills (including an intermediate level of written and spoken English)

Personal Qualities

 Passion for the food industry
 Self-motivated
 Conscientious
 Ability to work calmly under pressure
 Positive attitude to and pride in work
 Punctuality and reliability
 Smart appearance

Qualifications Required

None required, however, Maths and English will be assessed as part of the interview process.

Future Prospects

Fixed Term 3 year contract with potential progression on to higher level programme once completed Commis Chef.

Training to be Provided

Commis Chef apprenticeship Level 2
Maths and English if required

Expected Duration

12 Months

Working Week

39 hours per week

Things to consider

39 hours per week on a 5-days-out-of-7 basis, including evenings and weekends, on straight and split