RAF Chef - Level 2 Apprenticeship In Production (Chef) - Intermediate (Level 2)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,670.00 to £53,197.00
37.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8am-5pm Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00.
104 weeks (duration)
2 December 2020(start date)
Production chef (apprenticeship standard)
1 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As a chef in the RAF, you will have a varied role, preparing food at five-star themed banquets one day and cooking in the field the next. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.


Once fully trained you will have organisational, time management, communication and number skills with the ability to stay calm under pressure.

You will be able to work in Military Messes preparing hotel standard fare and fine dining experiences for Military personnel, in a field kitchen supporting exercises and operations worldwide or in an In-flight production kitchen producing meals for fast jet pilots, helicopter crews, large aircraft crews 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 with your role, but they will include:

  • Preparing attractive menus to nutritional standards
  • Controlling stock
  • Preparing meat, fish and vegetables for cooking
  • Presenting food creatively
  • Maintaining quality
  • Adhering to hygiene and health and safety regulations whilst instilling a knowledge of allergens, nutrition and diets so you can cater to the diverse Royal Air Force family

Future Prospects

For your first tour, you will be working either an Officers’, Sergeants’ or Junior Ranks’ Mess, where you will produce a wide range of high-quality food. During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty supporting 3 Mobile Catering Squadron in the field or on a deployed Airfield anywhere in the world. The consolidation period includes your Trade Ability Tests (TATs). Successful completion of TATs demonstrates that an individual has achieved an initial level of competence and is a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of SAC, unless you are on a FastTrack engagement. A first tour is always demanding but also highly rewarding and you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of the team.

Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. We want you to grow and experience all the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities that being an RAF Chef has to offer, but it will be up to you manage your career and tell us when you are ready for a new challenge. You can expect to remain in your first post for 2-3 years and following tours will be 3 - 5 years. SACs can be employed on Catering Retail and Leisure Units, 3 Mobile Catering Squadron and on VIP duties. On promotion to Corporal you can add Instructional duties and embedded Chef on RAF Regiment Sqns to possible employment areas.

Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

  • Production Chef Level 2

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 16-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 where you will be trained to set up field kitchens under tents, enabling 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. Applicants would need to pass 60% in written and theory tests to be put forward to the fast-tracking process with scores of 80% plus making them eligible for accelerated promotion thereafter.

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