Job Overview

Derby, England
Job Type
Full Time
£20,400 - £20,400 Per Year
Date Posted
13 days ago

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Do you have an interest in hospitality and catering? If you are leaving full-time education, searching for a new career, no matter what your background, and are looking to become a fully qualified Chef then the RAF could be for you. The RAF is a diverse recruiter, the all-inclusive community offers support no matter what your background whether it may be BAME, LGBT or faith networks.

Experience Needed - None! We provide some of the best on the job training at no cost to yourself, and you will always receive basic training first to get you accustomed the job. The RAF will train and develop you as an individual, also offering award-winning apprenticeships with a guaranteed job at the end.

The RAF Chef training program will provide you with the required organisational, time management, communication and number skills you require to stay calm under pressure. You can be employed in various environments; Military Messes where you will work with the industrial partner to prepare hotel standard fare and provide gastronomy dining experiences for Military personnel, a Field kitchen providing catering support for Exercises and Operations worldwide or an In-Flight Catering production kitchen producing meals for fast jet pilots, helicopter crews and large aircraft crew and passengers travelling to all corners of the globe.

With experience, you could volunteer to work in our VIP Team and cook for high ranking Officers, Government Ministers and even members of the Royal Family. If selected, you could compete in culinary competitions and eventually gain an invitation to represent the Royal Air Force on the Combined Services Culinary Arts Team who compete internationally against the best industry Chefs in the world.

Your day-to-day tasks will vary dependent on your role, but they will include; working with the strategies of our Industrial Partners to prepare attractive menus that meet set standards, following specifications to maintain quality and control, adhering to hygiene, health and safety regulations whilst instilling a knowledge of allergens, nutrition and diets so you can cater to the diverse Royal Air Force family.


Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to the military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.


All students will be awarded Level 2 Apprenticeship in Production- Chef.


If you are joining with little or no catering experience, you will need to complete specialist training at the Food Services Training Wing at Worthy Down. This 14-week course will train you to maintain excellent standards of personal, food and kitchen hygiene whilst using specialist kitchen equipment to produce a variety of dishes. You will also undertake a 10-day Introduction to Deployed Operations with No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron (3 MCS) where you will be trained to set up field kitchens under tentage, this skill will enable you to provide catering support to deployed operations worldwide as well as supporting exercises both based in the UK and abroad.

If you have the relevant qualifications and experience in professional cookery you will be offered the opportunity to undertake a diagnostic test at Food Services Training Wing at Worthy Down prior attestation. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum 80% pass in both the Theory and Practical elements to ensure eligibility for accelerated promotion thereafter. Successful applicants will progress to the last 4 weeks of the chef course where they will complete familiarisation training and the 10-day introduction to Deployed Operations with 3 MCS.


  • Prepare meals in RAF messes.
  • Order, store and account for food.
  • Help plan menus for everyday meals and VIP occasions.
  • Prepare in-flight meals for cabin crew and passengers.


  • Paid £15, 985 whilst training rising to £20,400 after training with yearly incremental increases there will be opportunities to earn up to £52,837 subject to promotions throughout your career.
  • Automatic non-contributory pension scheme.
  • Full on the job training.
  • Free gym membership.
  • Accommodation provided with heavily subsidised fees for single members and families.
  • Potential options for flexible working around childcare (job role dependant).
  • Opportunity to gain driving licences
  • Wide range of subsidised training and education available.
  • Minimum 38 days paid holiday per year.
  • Opportunity to take part in adventurous training and sporting activities during work time, subsidise travel, entry fees and equipment costs.
  • Sponsorship for talented personnel to compete at the highest-level sport.
  • Subsidised meals with on-base catering.
  • Free private healthcare and dental care.
  • Member of Defence Discount Service.
  • Railcard for £21 a year.
  • Competitive Maternity and Paternity leave.
  • Job Security: During COVID19 Pandemic we have continued to pay full salaries and have not needed to furlough any of our employees.


  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth. This is due to the rapid and effective deployability of RAF personnel to countries that apply travel restrictions to non-UK personnel.
  • Be between 16 and 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday).
  • No formal qualifications required but subject to an Airman Selection Test.
  • Pass a Fitness test.
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training.
  • There are health and fitness requirements that must be met by all applicants.

Join our organisation and you will get much more than just a job - you’ll have opportunities that no other employer can hope to match.

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