Kitchen Porter / Stewards Kitchen Porter / Stewards

A Kitchen Porter carries out an array of basic duties in the kitchen from cleaning to stock management.

Job Summary

  • 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

Skills 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.

Salary Expectations

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

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