Apprentice Chefs

Those who love working with food and enjoy preparing meals might want to consider applying as one of the apprentice chefs in a food service establishment. Apprentice chefs work under the supervision of chefs, helping them prepare, season and cook food as well as divide these into the right portions. Apprentice chefs are provided good salary packages and many opportunities for career growth.

What are the tasks performed by apprentice chefs?

Tasks performed by apprentice chefs may vary depending on the kind of restaurant they work for. Typically, apprentice chefs have to do a wide variety of tasks such as discussing food preparation issues with chefs and managers. They are also responsible for dividing food into portions and adding sauces, gravies and garnishes. Apprentice chefs also have to preserve and freeze foods, as well as prepare ingredients for cooking. Ordering kitchen supplies, equipment and food are among the tasks of apprentice chefs. Apprentice chefs may also be tasked with keeping records of supplies.

How do apprentice chefs train for the job?

Apprentice chefs get training on the job. These apprentice chefs are usually those who weren't able to participate in vocational programs or college programs for chefs. By becoming apprentice chefs, they get the kind of training they need to know more about the ins and outs of food preparation and service. As apprentice chefs, they are being trained to have the kind of expertise and knowledge the chef has.

Where can apprentice chefs seek employment?

Employment opportunities for apprentice chefs remain abundant due to the emergence of new hotels and expansion of the food and hospitality industry. Apprentice chefs can choose to seek employment in establishments such as restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, clubs, motels, hospitals, food processing factories, seagoing vessels and cafes. Many apprentice chefs are employed in areas where there are many tourist resorts.

What are the working conditions involved in apprentice chef jobs?

Apprentice chefs have to work in rotating shifts, which often means having to work even at night, during weekends or even on public holidays. This is why those who want to become apprentice chefs need to be flexible when dealing with a shifting work schedule. Apprentice chefs also need to be able to do chopping, stirring and cooking all at the same time. They also need to be able to lift heavy pots and pans as well as boxes of food and supplies for storage purposes.

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