Commis Chef

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With training and support, you will learn and undertake a broad range of basic food preparation and operation functions across all kitchen sections to the quality standard set by the Head Chef and Sous Chef.

Number of Positions Available

1

About Employer

The Orchard Theatre is designed with flexibility to enable it to stage everything from large touring musicals to drama, orchestral concerts, dance, opera, and comedy, as well as hospitality and cabaret events using its flat-floor configuration. With its attractive range of dining and entertainment events, The Orchard is a popular choice for partygoers. The Theatre’s restaurant is much in demand by pre-show diners who enjoy its expertly-prepared bistro menu, and much appreciated by couples, families and groups. The flexible auditorium caters superbly for lavish dinner dances for up to 250 diners. The light, modern foyer areas are ideal for drinks receptions with canapés, or with buffet menus tailored for every occasion.

Detailed Job Description

The Orchard Theatre in Dartford is one of 12 venues within HQ Theatres & Hospitality’s (HQT&H) current portfolio of regional theatres and concert halls. HQT&H combine their theatrical expertise with bespoke and innovative catering solutions; all aspects of hospitality, conferencing, events and banqueting is perfected in-house by expert chefs with the finest fresh ingredients.
We are looking an ambitious and organised self-starter who is keen to get started with a career in the kitchen. With training and support, you will learn and undertake a broad range of basic food preparation and operation functions across all kitchen sections to the quality standard set by the Head Chef and Sous Chef.
The successful candidate will work effectively and productively within the kitchen operating in a fair and equal manner that demonstrates effective teamwork. They will learn to ensure ingredients are stored, prepared and cooked correctly to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer. They will develop a range of craft preparation and basic cooking skills and techniques to prepare, produce and present dishes and menu items to highest standard in line with business requirements.

Skills Required

• The ability to pay attention to detail and work consistently to achieve standards.
• The aptitude to listen, respond to, and respect other peoples’ points of view.
• The ability to act on feedback to improve personal methods of working.
• An ability to understand and adhere to safe working practices and quality standards in a professional kitchen.
• The ability to work accurately, calmly and effectively in a busy work environment.

Personal Qualities

• A ‘can-do’ attitude and a positive, flexible approach to the job role, work colleagues and peers.
• A presentable, professional and approachable manner
• A willingness to work evenings, weekends and/or Bank Holidays as required.
• An enthusiasm to undertake training, learning, development and assessment relevant to the apprenticeship standard and the job role.
• An interest in and enthusiasm for developing a career in hospitality.

Qualifications Required

Maths and English GCSE – Grade A-C .

Future Prospects

HQ Theatres will support current and on-going employment of successful Apprentices in line with Business needs.

Other Information

HQ Theatres are committed to providing excellent training and career benefits, the pay rate will be £6.66p/h for Apprentices aged 16-20 , £7.70 for Apprentices aged 21-24 and £8.21 for Apprentices aged 25 and above. This is above the National Apprenticeship wage of £3.90 p/h for Apprentices in the first 12 months of their programme.

Training to be Provided

Commis Chef Standard Level 2.

Expected Duration

13 Months

Working Week

30 hours per week. Working hours may include evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Things to consider

Commitment and passion is essential for this role alongside a genuine interest in the hospitality sector.