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Job Profile - Kitchen Porter

Some of the world’s best chefs started out as kitchen porters as it’s one of the best ways in to the professional kitchen. Working your way up from a KP position will earn you the skills and credibility to go far. It is the ground work for anyone looking for a long-term career in the kitchen trade.

Would it suit me?

Yes, if you are:

  • looking for a job that is easy to pick up with many opportunities.  
  • happy to work with flexible hours.
  • searching for temporary work or an extra job. 
  • willing to learn how a commercial kitchen works. 
  • able to take instruction well and work under pressure.


  • ensure basic cleaning jobs are carried out as quickly as possible. 
  • cleaning and sanitising food prep areas and equipment. 
  • keep the storeroom organised. 
  • keep work surfaces, walls and floors clean and sanitised. 
  • unloading deliveries
  • organising the storeroom for efficiency.
  • collecting and washing pots, pans, plates and cutlery.
  • getting pots, pans, plates and cutlery back into use quickly.
  • making sure kitchen equipment is properly stored. 
  • removing and recycling waste from the kitchen.

Qualifications needed: 

  • There are no set requirements, however it may help if you have GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E) in English and mathematics or some experience of working in a kitchen.
  • It would be beneficial for you to have an interest in food and a good level of fitness. Further to this, you could study cookery or hospitality at college or working on a hospitality apprenticeship. 


  • Anything between 37-40 hours a week including shifts, weekends and public holidays. Part-time, temporary and seasonal opportunities are often available. 
  • Of course, working conditions will be hot, humid and high pressure. 
  • Uniform is often supplied and some employers will also provide a meal before or after a shift.

How much can I expect to earn? 

This is the lowest position in a kitchen and entry starting salary can be low, (between £11,500 and £14,000 a year). Some pub companies do pay higher and you have to keep in mind that this is a start to a higher earning and very rewarding career.  

Next steps:

With the right employer, experience and training you could progress to kitchen assistant and ultimate up to head chef. 

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