Commis Chef Jobs
A commis chef job is a junior or apprentice chef. Commis chefs learn about each different sections of the kitchen in detail and a commis chef job will normally entail working for three to six months in each section of the kitchen to gain experience. In larger kitchens, a commis chef would be assigned to each station, i.e. sauce, larder and pastry to name but a few.
The commis chef job would possibly start as a kitchen assistant or kitchen porter, with the idea of being promoted to commis chef once the basics of veg prep and the working of the kitchen have been learned. Hygiene is essential for the safe preparation of food so this side of the work is an important commis chef function.
A commis chef should have a keen interest in food preparation, be able to deal with pressure, doing several things at once and enjoy working as part of a team.
The position of commis chef can be obtained via college or apprenticeships.
Many establishments will look to fill commis chef positions from applicants already showing a desire to join the hospitality industry, be it in a part-time capacity while in further education or as a second job. The position of commis chef is a varied role where the chef can decide which area of the kitchen their preference lies, enabling them to specialise as they rise through the ranks.
Commis chefs will almost always be required to work shifts although a normal working week will be a basic 40 hours.