Senior production chefs strive to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to pre-determined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments.
Production chefs are likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team. They and their teams work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day. This requires energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.
Employers will set their own entry requirements, but it is expected that - to start on this apprenticeship - the individual would have already achieved a level of skills and knowledge to be able to prepare and cook a range of dishes.
The end assessment should only commence once your employer is confident that you have developed all the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the apprenticeship standard which, as a best practice recommendation, could be clearly evidenced by the on-programme progression review meetings and records.
The independent end assessment ensures that all apprentices consistently achieve the industry-set professional standard for a senior chef in production cooking.
Prior to independent end assessment, the English and maths components of the apprenticeship must be successfully completed.
Once the employer (supported by the on-programme assessor) is satisfied that you have achieved full competence, a further meeting must take place that includes an independent end assessor. They must be provided with the completed record showing readiness for independent end assessment at least one week in advance.
At the meeting you will be required to supply a two-page synopsis of your proposed business project. This should be a written or typed proposal for discussion and approval.
The independent end assessor will agree a plan and schedule for each assessment activity with the apprentice and employer representative to ensure all components can be completed within a two-month end assessment window.
The end point assessment will consist of:
The on-demand test, observation and business project may be undertaken in any order and the professional discussion must be the last activity completed. All assessment activities must be completed within two months.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.
Chefs will gain experience in an operational role, typically without supervisory responsibilities, before progressing to this apprenticeship. Individuals who successfully achieve the senior chef apprenticeship in production cooking will be ready to progress to a higher level position, apprenticeship or further training.
Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.
He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.
"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."