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Job Profile - Commis Chef

Being a commis chef is all about learning the fundamentals of your trade. The role involves food preparation work and basic cooking, all under the supervision of a chef de partie or section chef. Under the right guidance, you’ll be well your way to becoming a truly great chef.

Would it suit me?

  • Love cooking?
  • Love food?
  • Work well under pressure?
  • Committed?
  • Then it could be the job for you…keep reading.


  • Dealing with deliveries and stock rotation
  • Maintaining high standards of hygiene
  • Preparing the ingredients for a more senior chef
  • Measuring ingredients and portion sizes accurately

Skills needed:

You will be on your feet all day in a high-pressure environment. You have to be willing to listen, learn and take instruction well. None of this can waiver your passion for everything food. Only once you have experienced every element the kitchen has to offer can you choose your specialisation.

Qualifications needed:

Some new commis chefs have trained on the job as a modern apprentice, or join a company in another role and move into chefing. Although you may also have completed training such as:

  • NVQs or SVQs
  • A foundation degree in culinary arts
  • Any health and safety and food hygiene courses
  • The 14-19 Hospitality and Catering Diploma
  • City & Guilds diplomas in professional cookery
  • BTEC HND in professional cookery


Split shifts and a minimum of 40 hours a week. It’s hard work, but it will pay off.

How much can I expect to earn?

£12,000-£18,000, dependent upon the region and your time in the role.

Next steps:

  • demi-chef de partie
  • chef de partie 
  • sous chef 
  • head chef

Check out our current commis chef roles on and start your chef career today.