Kitchen Porter / Stewards
A Kitchen Porter carries out an array of basic duties in the kitchen from cleaning to stock management.
- Responsible for washing all the kitchen utensils, as well as cleaning all the larger items of kitchen equipment and the food production areas
- To ensure the long life and cleanliness of the equipment provided
- Report any equipment failures immediately to maintenance
- Assist with deliveries and product management – complete any associated paperwork as required
- Respect for hygiene and equipment
- A flexible approach to team work
- Willingness to work hard
- Physical resilience
- Enjoy working in a busy environment
Qualifications and Training
There are no particular qualifications necessary to begin your job as a Kitchen Porter. However some of these may be useful and help you progress quickly up the chain of command:
- Food Safety/ Hygiene Certificate can be desirable
- Catering NVQ/SVQs Level 1 or 2 qualifications
A quick way to a Kitchen Assistant role is through an Apprenticeship. Click here for more information on apprenticeships.
A kitchen porter/steward can expect to earn between £11,500 and £15,000 a year. For example, the large FSM Company ISS pay their Kitchen porters £12,875 a year.
Salary rates vary from company to company and these figures are only intended as a guide. *
The bonus bits…
- You’ll likely be encouraged to undergo on-the-job training or a Food Hygiene/Food Safety qualification course
- Seasonal and part-time work is readily available
- Most companies will supply you with your own uniform.
- With on-the-job qualifications and experience you have the opportunities to work yourself up the career ladder to Chef or Management
* Figures supplied by ISS October 2013