Apprentice, Chef, Apprenticeship, Kitchen Manager, Hospitality

How John achieved the role of Kitchen Manager just 3 years after he joined M&B as an Apprentice

How John achieved the role of Kitchen Manager just 3 years after he joined M&B as an Apprentice

byEmily Martindale
Date posted: 24/01/2023

John joined us as an apprentice in 2020, just three months before lockdown #1 hit having never stepped foot in a kitchen.

Since then, John has taken every opportunity to learn and develop his skills and knowledge within the Kitchen.

Through his apprenticeship, John has achieved both Level 2 Production Chef, and level 3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeships and has since progressed from Team Member to Team leader, through to his current position of Kitchen Manager. John is a prime example of the heights that can be reached through our Apprentice schemes and the career which hospitality can offer our Team Members.

We caught up with John to find out how his apprenticeship has sharpened his cooking skills and propelled his career.

What made you decide to join M&B?

I moved over to the UK from Ireland as my brother was already working here at The Highfield Sizzling. He arranged an interview for me with Dave the General Manager and he convinced me to try the apprenticeship. 

Please can you summarise your career at M&B?

It originally was going to be a temporary job. But I decided to do the apprenticeship while I was here. 

During my Apprenticeship I found that I really enjoyed working in the kitchen and the team I was working with.  With the help of the team even though it was a struggle, I picked up the ropes. It was definitely a shock going from never cooking meat before to cooking hundreds of chickens and steaks a week! We then hit lockdown and following was the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme which was a real trial by fire. At the end of which I finished my level 2 production chef and went straight on to Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor and started my progression to Kitchen Team Leader. During this time, I got to work under Accredited Kitchen Managers which helped develop my skills massively. Finally, after finishing my Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor the opportunity to step up into the Kitchen Manager role presented itself and I leapt at the chance.

How have you been supported throughout the development of your kitchen career?

Lifetime and my trainer David were incredibly helpful and understanding throughout my Apprenticeship. Helping me out if I needed extra time for a certain section due to time constraints.  I also had a lot of support from Dave and then Elysia the GMs who both bent over backwards to help me and the team when needed. As mentioned before both Accredited Kitchen Managers were and still are a massive help with any questions or support, I need.

What are some key lessons you have learnt so far in your new role as a KM? 

It sometimes takes a lot of graft to keep the kitchen running but having a strong team you can trust is hugely important and something I try to teach any new chef in the kitchen.  And not to be afraid to ask for help. I probably talked the ear of my districts Accredited Kitchen Manager in the run up to Christmas trying to make sure everything was ready. 

Do you have any advice for someone thinking of bringing their kitchen career to M&B?

Ask questions and communicate. As long as those around you know what's going on you can get the support you might need. 

Where could an apprenticeship with M&B take you?

Check out our apprenticeships and learn more about the opportunities that will not only give you a certificate to hold up proudly, but you'll also develop key skills that will see you through life and make lifelong friendships. Whether you're looking for a chef apprenticeship like Ben, fancy exploring bar and waiting apprenticeships, or know that a management apprenticeship is your calling, we've got something for you.

List #1

Some articles you might like

Tristan in the kitchen preparing a meal
How Tristan has built skills for life through a chef apprenticeship

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

02/06/2024

Summary

To celebrate this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, we want to introduce you to someone… Meet Tristan, our kitchen whiz at Miller and Carter Grantham! Ditching the traditional route post-school,

Teaser

Wondering what perks await you in a kitchen apprenticeship? Tristan's got the scoop – think boosted confidence, time management, and organisation.

Find out more
Sophie Russell

by

Sophie Russell

Sophie Russell

by

Sophie Russell

Two chefs enjoying chef jobs
Escape the ordinary: explore careers in hospitality

Teaser

General

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

08/25/2023

Summary

Tired of being desk-bound and dreaming of something more exciting? Why not wave goodbye to the typical 9-5 and say hello to a career in hospitality that's as vibrant as your favorite cocktail! Picture

Teaser

Find out more
Jess Birch

by

Jess Birch

Jess Birch

by

Jess Birch

male wearing chef whites, smiling with arms behind his back
The MABsterchef awards: celebrating our chef apprentices

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

06/27/2022

Summary

Every year we host MABsterchef. Yes, you read that right. Think Masterchef, but better. The cook-off competition is a chance for any chef apprentice to create and cook a dish that will blow our

Teaser

Find out more
Rebecca Houseago

by

Rebecca Houseago

Rebecca Houseago

by

Rebecca Houseago

Ben's career progression story: From Apprentice to Kitchen Manager

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

01/07/2022

Summary

Ben was hired back in 2015, first working in a front-of-house role before realising his true calling was in one of our busy kitchens. Through utilising four apprenticeships, Ben has been promoted

Teaser

Find out more
Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

How to cook the perfect roast potato

Teaser

Company update

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

12/21/2020

Summary

<!-- Hotjar Tracking Code for https://www.mbcareersandjobs.com/ --> (function(h,o,t,j,a,r){ h.hj=h.hj||function(){(h.hj.q=h.hj.q||[]).push(arguments)}; h._hjSettings={hjid:2713474,hjsv:6}; a=o.ge

Teaser

We’re going to share out top tips for how to cook the perfect roast potato that will leave your dinner guests with something to talk about.

Find out more
Steph  Baker

by

Steph Baker

Steph  Baker

by

Steph Baker

Step up to the plate with a chef apprenticeship

Teaser

Apprenticeship

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

12/11/2020

Summary

<!-- Hotjar Tracking Code for https://www.mbcareersandjobs.com/ --> (function(h,o,t,j,a,r){ h.hj=h.hj||function(){(h.hj.q=h.hj.q||[]).push(arguments)}; h._hjSettings={hjid:2713474,hjsv:6}; a=o.ge

Teaser

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.

Find out more
Emily Smith

by

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

by

Emily Smith

What will you gain from a chef apprenticeship? Read Batrosz's story

Teaser

Apprenticeship

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

08/18/2020

Summary

Bartosz completed a chef apprenticeship with Premium Country Pubs. Achieving a Commis Chef level 2 certificate. Here's what he had to say about his experience: WHAT DO YOU LIKE BES

Teaser

Find out more
Sue Bayley

by

Sue Bayley

Sue Bayley

by

Sue Bayley

Hear what chef apprentice Callum has to say about his time with us

Teaser

Apprenticeship

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

08/01/2020

Summary

Callum Jones completed his chef apprenticeship at an Ember Inns pub, The Horse and Jockey, in Aylesbury. Securing a Commis Chef level 2 certificate, Callum wants to share his experience for an

Teaser

Find out more
Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Mohammed dishes up the details about a chef apprenticeship

Teaser

Apprenticeship

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/26/2020

Summary

Mohamed completed his Commis Chef Level 2 apprenticeship at The Wellington - a buzzing Nicholson's Pub in Covent Garden, London. He's shared his experience to help you understand whether a che

Teaser

Mohamed shares his experience to help you understand whether a chef apprenticeship would be right for you and what you can expect from the programme. Here's what he has to say:

Find out more
Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Hazel Laughey

by

Hazel Laughey

Chef apprentice Joao Paulo tells us his experience at Browns

Teaser

Apprenticeship

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

02/24/2020

Summary

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 s

Teaser

Find out more
Emily Smith

by

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

by

Emily Smith

Jobs

Jobs you might like...

Chef Apprenticeship

Salary

£258.00 - 343.20 per week

Location

The Pheasant Inn - Liverpool, L38 3RA

Departments

Chef Apprenticeships

Hours

Full Time

Brand

Premium Country Pubs

Description

As an apprentice Chef at Premium Country Pubs, we will help you master our menu, with your food being the reason guests keep coming through our doors! You'll thrive off the hustle and bustle of a fast

Reference

VA/241158

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
Chef Apprenticeship

Salary

£258.00 - 343.20 per week

Location

Crown - Walsall, WS9 8PT

Departments

Chef Apprenticeships

Hours

Full Time

Brand

Mitchells & Butlers

Description

As an apprentice Chef at Sizzling Pubs and Grill, we will help you master our menu, with your food being the reason guests keep coming through our doors! You'll thrive off the hustle and bustle of a f

Reference

VA/241157

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
Chef Apprenticeship

Salary

£258.00 - 343.20 per week

Location

The Talbot Inn - Milton Keynes - Loughton, MK5 8AB

Departments

Chef Apprenticeships

Hours

Full Time

Brand

Ember Inns

Description

As an apprentice Chef at Ember Inns, we will help you master our menu, with your food being the reason guests keep coming through our doors! You'll thrive off the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced kit

Reference

VA/241156

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
 

job search