Commis Chef Commis Chef

A Commis Chef is a junior chef position yet is considered the first rung of the ladder of your career as a great Chef. You’ll be expected to work in the various sections of the kitchen, assisting both the Sous and the Head Chef.

Job Summary

Depending on experience (beginner or confirmed), the Commis Chef may carry out the following tasks:

  • To assist the Cook or Chef in preparing meals
  • Food preparation tasks; preparing the ingredients for the senior chef, (mincing, garnishes, etc)
  • Hot and cold cooking tasks (simple cooking, seasoning, etc)
  • May be required to stand in for the superior (Section Chef or Head Chef) when the latter is absent or preoccupied
  • Ensure that health and safety rules are applied and respected (especially HACCP)
  • To ensure the working areas (floors, equipment, tables, etc) are clean and tidy
  • Complete command of culinary basics
  • Measure dish ingredients and portion sizes accurately
  • Deal with deliveries and stock rotation

Skills required

  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment and food preparation
  • Time management: think of a kitchen during the dinner rush!
  • Attention to detail and quality
  • Can work well in a team
  • Adaptability
  • From beginner to 3 years’ experience in a similar job 

Qualifications and Training

You may not need any! You could train on the job as an apprentice and gain all the skills then and there! However, if you this isn’t an option, you may want to consider the following qualifications:

  • NVQs or SVQs
  • City & Guilds diplomas in cookery
  • BTEC or HND in cookery
  • A foundation degree in culinary arts
  • Any health & safety and food hygiene courses

Salary Expectations

A Commis Chef can expect to earn between £15,500 and £20,000 a year with the average salary around £17,000.

Salary rates vary depending upon your experience, as well as the company. These figures are only intended as a guide.*

The bonus bits…

  • Fantastic team-working role
  • Opportunities for career development; many influential chefs of today began as a Commis Chef
  • No experience is required to be a Commis Chef – yet you must be able to display an interest in food and cooking

* Figures from caterer.com October 2013