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How to be a chef? Start with an apprenticeship!29th November 2012, 11:22
One of the largest industries in the UK is the leisure and hospitality industry and every catering establishment within the industry will have at least one chef.
That's because the great British public is tired of microwave food and wants something better for their hard-earned money - something much better.
So wherever you go, from a high-class, Michelin starred restaurant in the nation's capital to a small restaurant out in the country - or even in schools, hospitals and military bases - you'll find a chef in charge of the kitchen.
Whatever the size of the establishment, it's taken the chef there many years of training and experience to get where to that position. And if you think you could enjoy the pressure and responsibility that comes when working as a chef, then there's no reason for you not to work your way up to being in charge of a kitchen and producing excellent food.
And the best way of starting your journey to being a chef is, of course a chef apprenticeship.
Learning at the workplace and classroom to become a chef
You will be in the classroom at regular intervals and working awards a nationally recognised professional qualification, while learning the theory behind the trade. But, of course, you’d be spending most of your time in the workplace - wherever that may be. It all depends on the company training you during your apprenticeship.
It's very likely that you’d spend quite some time doing menial tasks in the kitchen, like chopping vegetables or even a spot of washing up during your apprenticeship, but then again one advantage of working with food is that it's highly unlikely you'll ever go hungry.
What is it after a chef apprenticeship?
After your chef apprenticeship, you’d have the qualifications that would enable you to work as a chef anywhere in the country, and you can expect a starting salary of between £9,000 and £13,000.
On the other hand, you may have discovered a niche you want to train for, such as pastry chef or sous chef, in which case you could go on to an advanced apprenticeship - after which you could command a much higher salary.
Have a look at the chef apprenticeship vacancies in our jobs section.
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