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What does a Kitchen Assistant do?

What does a Kitchen Assistant do?

Rachael Langley our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 25/04/2024

Think that being a Kitchen Assistant is a boring job with no career progression? Think again! That’s just one of many big myths about working in a kitchen. There’s much more to being a Kitchen Assistant than might meet the eye, especially at M&B. 

You’ll be welcomed by friendly faces with open oven mitts from day one when you dive into a kitchen career with us. If you’re a fan of structure, gaining some transferable skills, and fancy a career where you can rise through the ranks, keep on reading! 

Kitchen Assistant responsibilities

So, what does a Kitchen Assistant do we hear you ask? From getting the kitchen set for the day ahead and organising stock to keeping the kitchen spotless and prepping ingredients to help our chefs cook up a storm, there’s plenty to keep you on your toes. And at the centre of it all? Teamwork! Lots and lots of teamwork. 

We’re pretty confident in saying that no matter where you go in M&B (even if it’s outside the kitchen), the transferable skills you’ll pick up can help you progress in any career!

Getting the kitchen ready for action

Before each shift, our Kitchen Assistant superheroes are on it. 

As engineers of the kitchen setup, you can expect to be organising ingredients and equipment, making sure everything is on hand for the chef to work their magic. You’ll also support on some stock checks to make sure everything runs smoothly throughout your shift.

Cleanliness is key

Armed with cloths, cleaning supplies, and a can-do attitude, our Kitchen Assistants dance through the kitchen making everything spotless and sanitised. With every sweep and mop, they’re helping the team set the stage for flavour and flair. And let’s not forget their mastery of the pot wash area. Our kitchen assistants make sure every pot, pan, plate and tray shines like new and always finds its way back where it should be so it’s on hand for the team to use!

Pantry pals and a stove-side squad

In the kitchen, teamwork is the backbone of everything. Whether it's making sure everything is clean or helping the chef add a bit of spice to those dishes, you’ll be working hand in hand with your kitchen crew. 

Everything runs more smoothly with a good team to back you up, and that’s something you’re bound to find at M&B. You might even pick up some kitchen slang.

FAQs

Is it hard being a kitchen assistant?

Being a Kitchen Assistant might not always be a walk in the park - but that doesn’t mean it’s hard and unrewarding. 

If you’re keen to learn, then time management, staying organised and prioritising the important things will come naturally and definitely add some spice to that CV!

Do you need qualifications to be a kitchen assistant?

One of the coolest things about being a Kitchen Assistant at M&B is we don’t expect you to have any prior training. We’re proud to offer our Kitchen Assistants opportunities to grow within the role and beyond with qualifications at no cost to you!

And if you haven’t got a CV? Also no problem! You don’t need a CV to apply to be a Kitchen Assistant here.

What is the career progression in the kitchen?

There are plenty of opportunities when it comes to a kitchen career. Take Simon for example, he’s now a Kitchen Manager at M&B, but it wasn’t always that way! With training and hard work, he’s worked his way up - something we encourage all our teammates to do.

Hungry for a new opportunity? Become a Kitchen Assistant at M&B for a career with a bit of sizzle

Putting on the chef whites with M&B could be on the cards for you. One day you’ll be a kitchen assistant and the next, well, you could find yourself managing the kitchen of course! 

Now that you’ve checked out some Kitchen Assistant responsibilities, it’s time to take action. And if you’re wondering if you could be a chef, we’ve got some tips on that too.

Get a taste of M&B life and apply to our Kitchen Assistant roles to kickstart your culinary career!

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