Chef apprentice Joao Paulo tells us his experience at Browns
Joao Paulo Aveiro Vasconcelos completed his Commis Chef level 2 certificate at the start of this year. At Brown's in London, he enjoyed the experience so much he's already looking forward to starting the next phase in our Chef Academy. Our Chef Academy comes very highly recommended. Here's why you should apply for a chef apprenticeship with Mitchells & Butlers:
What was an unexpected benefit?
Learning new things
What do you like best about working for M&B?
The opportunities available to progress and do more.
What attracted you to a M&B apprenticeship?
Wanted to gain an official qualification and progress with the company
What has been your highlight of the apprenticeship experience?
Working with different meat and fish and learning the new skills and techniques at the academy
What is your favourite part of your job role?
I love the hours that I do with work
Has the apprenticeship made you view your job role differently?
We have more experience with raw ingredients which makes me think about the stock at my site.
Were there any challenges in your role, if you how did you overcome them?
The move from Finchley to Watford. The chef academy team supported me fully with this transition.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship to your team or friends?
Yes I have already done and he has already started it.
What would you tell someone who is considering starting a M&B apprenticeship?
Commitment. It’s a great opportunity so take it seriously.
What is your next career goal?
I want to do chef academy 3 next.
Find out more about why an apprenticeship is a smart career move on our Apprenticeship Hub. Earn while you learn.
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Have you got an appetite for learning? Then a chef apprenticeship could be the perfect way to take your passion for food to the next level.When you think of a chef career it’s hard not to picture Gordon Ramsey’s high-pressure kitchen or Jamie Oliver campaigning for healthier school dinners. But did you know that both these celebrity chefs started as a chef apprentice? And they’re not the only ones; Clare Smyth, the only female chef to run a three Michelin star restaurant; Heston Blumenthal, who gifted the world with triple-cooked chips among other wonderful inventions; and Masterchef judge, Monica Galetti, also started their careers with a chef apprenticeship. Read on to hear how a chef apprenticeship can kickstart your culinary career.Learn by doingIf classroom learning doesn’t tickle your taste buds then an apprenticeship could be just for you. The programmes are great for anyone that learns best by doing and likes to get stuck into a task. Of course, you will have coursework to do but you’ll get to use that learning when you’re back in the kitchen. Not only that, but you’ll earn while you get on-the-job training and learn the ropes under the watchful eyes of talented chefs. And remember, you’re never too old to learn and so you’re never too old to do an apprenticeship.Become a culinary whizA chef apprenticeship will teach you how to plate up food to perfection and learn how to make those melt-in-the-mouth dishes and sides that are our guests’ favourites - like our triple cooked chips (thanks Heston). But more than that, you’ll learn all the basics which just so happen to be the most important parts. After all, learning how to prep food, garnish and knowing how to keep a kitchen clean is what makes a great chef. Taking it back to the basics will also help you see what you’ve got a natural flair for, and you’ll be whipping up recipes at home and impressing your friends and family in no time.Boost your confidenceIf there was a checklist for what you need to do chef apprenticeship, it would look something like this: a passion for cooking, a team player, ambition and did we mention a passion for food?The rest of the skills you need to be a successful chef will all be taught to you. Because learning your way around the kitchen is no piece of cake there is a lot to learn when you enrol on a chef apprenticeship. After completing the programme you’ll come out with loads of experience, knowledge and as a result, you’ll get a huge boost to your confidence.Have funA job is all about finding that balance between work hard and play hard. Our chef apprentices will vouch for us when we say there’s plenty of time for fun on a chef apprenticeship and it’s just one of the five reasons why you’ll love an apprenticeship with M&B. If you’re willing to put in the hard work you could be a head chef one day, or if it’s your dream to specialise you can prove yourself as a talented roast chef – or a rotisseur if we’re using the fancy brigade de cuisine terms.Get a taste for a chef apprenticeship at M&BSo, reckon you could be a chef? With the help our of dedicated kitchen teams you can turn your passion into a chef career. Now we’ve given you a taste for what to expect from a chef apprenticeship you can get more of the details on our chef apprenticeships. Or to hear first-hand from one of our chef apprentices, read Joao Paulo’s experience of gaining his Commis Chef Level 2 certificate.
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A chef job isn’t just for those trained at fancy French cookery schools, or those who have been whipping up pastries since before they could walk. In fact, you could be a chef right now – but do you have what it takes? If you tick any of the boxes below, you could be well on your way to landing a job as a kitchen assistant, chef or head chef in one of the most exciting industries there is – hospitality. You’re the best cook in your flat shareYou don’t mean to brag, but you’re kind of a big deal... If you’ve got the crown of the best cook in your household, why stop there? Take your domination a step further and test out your skills in a commercial kitchen. Imagine how much fierier your fajitas could be if you had more than two feet of counter space to work with!You love hosting dinner partiesFriends say your dinner parties are the best in the business, and you tend to agree with them. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of feeding the people you love, especially when they’re still raving about your risotto for weeks afterwards, and being a professional chef can give you those warm fuzzies every day.You’re at your best when you have a planYou wouldn’t call yourself a control freak, but you also won’t give anyone your extra special chocolate mousse recipe because you’re not convinced they’d do it justice. If you’re protective over your pots and pans, refuse to start cooking until you’ve read to the end of the recipe, and start thinking about your dinner plans before you’ve even had your morning coffee, a chef career could be right up your street. It’s the kind of job where order and planning are as important as creativity and flexibility – shout out to all you list makers!Lunch was your favourite subject at schoolYou don’t have to love food to be a chef, but it definitely helps! Whether you’re a full-time foodie with the Instagram account to match, or you’re happiest losing hours in the kitchen tinkering away with new recipes, having a love of food is one of the best ways to get a job as a chef. Cooking puts you in your happy place, so why wouldn’t you want to make a career out of it?Make your dreams come true with a chef jobWhether you start out as a kitchen assistant and work your way up, or you’re ready to hit the ground running as a head chef right now, M&B is ready to welcome you to the family of 44,000 friendly faces. We have some of the nation’s favourite brands under our belt, including Harvester, Nicholson’s, Browns and O’Neill’s, and love helping people develop with us. With 1600 business across 13 brands, there are plenty of opportunities to cook up a rewarding career. Make sure to sign up to job alerts so your the first to know about our next Chef or Kitchen Assistant opportunity.