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Kitchen assistant

Kitchen assistants prepare food, make sure chefs have everything they need and keep the kitchen clean.

Potential salary
£11,500 to £16,500
Working hours
40 to 42 a week
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • supporting chefs in a specific work section
  • washing, peeling and preparing food items
  • using a variety of kitchen equipment such as mixers, special knives and cutters
  • unloading deliveries
  • organising the storeroom
  • washing kitchen appliances, work surfaces, floors and walls

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a factory, at a restaurant or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be noisy and hot.

With experience and further training, you could become a trainee or junior chef.

You could also progress into management or move into bar work or food service.

You can get more details about catering careers from the Hospitality Guild and CareerScope.

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