Professional Chef Apprenticeships
What will I be doing?
If you dream of becoming a professional chef, why not spice up your career with an apprenticeship?
A professional chef apprenticeship will allow you to gain hands-on kitchen experience, and you will complete an essential qualification to boost your employment opportunities. There are many openings to kick start your culinary education, all depending on the type of chef you want to become!
As a level 2 and 3 Professional Cookery apprentice, you could be working at a restaurant, sushi bar, a pizzeria, or practising many different cuisines including Indian and Chinese. The level 2 will allow you to prepare meals such as basic fish and meat dishes, and also a variety of desserts, pastries, and soups.
The advanced professional cookery apprenticeship is a step up from level 2, in which you will prepare a more complex variety of dishes, including canapés and sauces. You will also be contributing to the creation of the restaurant’s recipes and menus.
A food production NVQ is mainly based in settings such as a school, the National Health Service, or a residential care home. This qualification will cover a variety of topics such as the importance of teamwork, maintaining food safety when storing, preparing, and cooking food, and keeping a safe and hygienic workplace – all essential skills in the hospitality industry.
What qualifications will I get?
There are two different pathways offered within professional chef apprenticeships:
Pathway 1: Food Production and Cooking:
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking (QCF)
- BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Production and Cooking) – QCF
Pathway 2: Professional Cookery:
- Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (QCF)
- Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery) QCF
- Intermediate Professional Cookery
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (QCF)
- Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery) QCF
- Advanced Professional Cookery
Functional Skills in Maths and English will also be included in each pathway.
What are the entry requirements?
As with all Apprenticeships, the only entry requirements for the level 2 qualification are that you can demonstrate basic maths and English skills.
To start the level 3 in Professional Cookery, you will need at least a years’ worth of knowledge of the industry. It is therefore recommended that you first complete the level 2 in Professional Cookery.
What can I do afterwards?
Your wide range of skills after completing the apprenticeship mean that you could find yourself working in a variety of restaurants, pubs, hotels, catering companies, and many other food preparation settings.
If you’re looking to take the step up to a management position in the hospitality industry, you could also look to enrol onto the level 4 Management apprenticeship.