A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principle the most junior culinary role. A commis chef carries out basic cooking tasks and prepares food under the supervision of a senior chef whilst their primary objective is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

Therefore this apprenticeship provides the apprentice with the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired. The learning journey of any chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next; however, it is necessary to understand and have experience in the basics that this role provides in order to progress to any future senior chef role.

Level: 2 
Duration: 12-18 months
Funding Band: 9 (£9,000)*

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Mandatory Content

Functional Skills: 
TQUK/IQ Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English (QCF)
TQUK/IQ Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)

Industry Requirements:
Completed prior to enrollment: Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics
Completed prior to completion: Competence clearly evidenced by the on-programme progression review meetings and records


End-Point Assessment

There are four assessment activities for the commis chef independent end assessment.

  • Situational Judgement Test
  • Practical Observation
  • Culinary Challenge
  • Professional Discussion

The Situational Judgement Test, Practical Observation and Culinary Challenge can be undertaken in any order, however, the Professional Discussion must be the last activity. All assessment elements must be completed within two months from the start of the assessment.

It is also a requirement that apprentices have adequate time to prepare for, and recuperate after each assessment activity, prior to commencing the next. Assessment may occur over a minimum of two days and a maximum of two months within the assessment window, with no one day containing both observations, or more than two assessment elements.

More Information

If you would like to know more about the Commis Chef apprenticeship standard and how TQUK can help with the assessment of this apprenticeship, please contact the team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where a member of our EPA team will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions or queries.

(*Funding Bands from May 2017)