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Chef – Modern Apprenticeship - 17096

13 May 2019


Two years while training with potential progression within company after successful completion of qualification


Starting salary £170 per week


At Leith's at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, we take pride in producing simple, unfussy, delicious food. We aim to deliver friendly, professional service through well trained and motivated staff. We create an atmosphere in which our staff can develop their talents and feel part of an enthusiastic team.

Work Environment: 

Working 40 hours per week, you will be part of a team of 9 staff. Kitchens can be challenging but very rewarding environments; we will work with you to ensure you get the best start to your career as possible. You will be assigned a mentor who has gone through the apprenticeship programme here and knows exactly the challenges you are facing on a daily basis.

What might a day in this job look like?

From cooking 5 course VIP dinners for celebrities like George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger to catering for the thousands of visitors who attend the conferences, events and conventions held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, you will learn all aspects of working in a busy kitchen with experienced and qualified chefs. 

Duties may include:

  • assisting senior chefs in preparing different menus for all kinds of events - from very small intimate dinners to catering for events for thousands of people
  • learning all aspects of working in a busy kitchen, including pastry, sauces, hot and cold food preparation, butchery, fish preparation
  • receiving deliveries and stock room duties, learning how to order supplies and plan quantities
  • following Health and Safety legislation and learning about health and hygiene.

What will I learn? 

You will work towards SVQ Level 2 and 3 in Food Preparation and Cooking through practical and theoretical assessment. 

All your learning will be done on the job and you will also learn about team work, customer service and problem solving.

What Qualifications / Qualities are required? 

We are not looking for any formal qualifications but you will be enrolled onto an SVQ Level 2 Food Preparation and Cooking which will require a good level of literacy and numeracy and excellent communication skills.

We are looking for candidates who have a real interest in food and cooking, are enthusiastic, keen to learn and willing to follow instructions. 

Closing Date: 

This position will close when a suitable applicant has been found.