A commis chef is a junior role that allows you to learn under the supervision of section chefs or chef de partie. This will teach you the essentials of a working kitchen and gives you an unbelievable opportunity to learn everything there is to know about your trade.
The idea is to learn all aspects of the kitchen and cooking techniques, so when you start out you should be rotated through the various different stations, which can include vegetables, meat, fish, sauce and pastry.
Once you have become a Commis chef, you can progress fairly quickly through the ranks
Any busy kitchen is manic, hot and noisy but very exciting. The camaraderie in the kitchen makes it a great place to train, a great time to learn how things come together and how the rest of the team tick.
There is no getting away from it… the work is hard. With long, often unsociable hours, split shifts, early starts preparing for the day ahead and late finishes for clearing up.
Although your cooking skills are learnt as you progress through your training, you’ll need a real passion for cooking, partnered with the ambition to get you through the pressure of working in a busy kitchen.
As a Commis Chef is all about learning, you’ll need the versatility to gain the necessary experience to work in all of the kitchen stations, before you consider your speciality, with an ability to work quickly, efficiently with a great deal of attention to detail.
Although you may have completed some formal training, generally you do not need any qualifications as there is lots of on-the-job training that you may be expected to undertake.
Your local college can talk you through your options, but below are a few of what’s available
Commis Chefs can earn anything from £12,000 to £18,000 per year depending on your location and experience. As you are expected to remain in the role for 4-5 years, salaries vary hugely according to your experience.
The majority of Commis Chef employers are hotels and restaurants. There are thousands across the globe, with many employing multiple chefs in any one location, making progression through the ranks very achievable.
Talk to one of our specialist consultants to find out how we can help you achieve your potential.