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.
TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE
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.
WHAT WILL YOU DO (TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES)
WHAT YOU'LL GET
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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