Commis Chef – Intermediate Apprenticeship

A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and the most junior culinary role.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Hospitality and Catering
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Course Length Up to 2 years

A Commis Chef Apprentice will prepare food and carry out basic cooking tasks in every section of a kitchen under the supervision of a senior chef.

Topics include:

  • Identify factors which influence the types of dishes and menus offered by the business
  • Recognise how technology supports development and production
  • Understand the principles of basic food preparation and cooking, taste, allergens, diet and nutrition
  • Communicate with colleagues and team members from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures
  • Basic business costing, yield of dishes, principles of supply chain and gross profit Understanding the principles of waste management
  • Know how to support team members when the need arises
  • Recognise the impact of seasonality on the availability, quality and price of ingredients

Example job roles include: Commis Chef/Chef Assistant/Junior Chef.

You will achieve:

  • IFA Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship
  • End Point Assessment
  • If required: Functional Skills (English, Maths)

Next steps… Some Apprentices go into employment OR progress onto a Level 3 Chef De Partie Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide, you ideally need GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths and in some cases ICT. However, we will work with you and provide additional support to help you achieve their requirements, either prior to your Apprenticeship via a pre-Apprenticeship or during the delivery of your programme.


The Laurence Building boasts new facilities throughout including an IT suite, modern kitchens, a skills academy and a stunning restaurant within the faculty; as well as being located in comfortable and pleasant surroundings.

Additional Costs

You will need to buy a basic clothing, safety shoes, knife set and textbook.

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