Production Chef Apprentice – Ugly Mugs (LS6 3BR)

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A well established cafe is looking for a new production chef apprentice to join the team in Headingley area.


  • The candidate would be required to learn all aspects of running the cafe with the long term potential of becoming the head chef
  • Duties would include fresh food preparation ( salads, vegetables and meat) and, eventually, cooking of all meals on the menu
  • At first this would be under guided supervision but the candidate must be able to cook meals as part of the team

About the Employer

Ugly Mugs is a well established breakfast and lunch cafe that is in the process of opening up as an evening eatery. we hope to shortly be delivering food in the local area and also selling homemade meals at farmers markets.

Things to Consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

Training to be Delivered

Production chef Level 2

Knowledge & Skills gained from this apprenticeship:

  • maintain excellent standards of personal, food and kitchen hygiene ensure compliance to procedures, menu specifications and recipes.
  • produce food meeting portion controls,
  • budgetary constraints adapting and produce dishes to meet special dietary, religious and allergenic requirements
  • follow, complete and maintain production schedules,
  • legislative and quality standard documentation
  • use specialist kitchen equipment
  • communicate internally and externally with customers and colleagues
  • commit to personal development activities

Assessment: The apprenticeship is aligned to professional recognition from Employers within the Food and drink sector. The end-point assessment is synoptic and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development, after a minimum of 15 month’s on programme learning. It will consist of an On-demand test, a practical observation, this is then followed by a professional discussion. These are carried out after the apprentice has met the required criteria to pass the Gateway process. The apprenticeship is graded a pass, distinction or fail based on performance in the end-point assessment.

Typical Job Roles: Apprentice production Chef Learn all aspects of food preparation, maintaining a high level of food hygiene, cooking a wide range of menu items including vegetables, meat and fish.

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Location


Apprenticeship Level

Level 2

Employer Name

Ugly Mugs

Employer Address

St. Michaels Lane

Expected Duration

16 Months

Working Week

Monday to Saturday between 8am and 3pm

Weekly Hours


Wage Amount

£144.30 Weekly

What You Need

Desired Qualifications

No formal qualifications required. Level 1 functional skills in maths and English must be achieved prior to gateway and the learner must also attempt their level 2 maths and English exams. Functional skills does not apply if the apprentice already holds a grade A-C/9-4 in both English and maths.

Desired Skills

Basic understanding of English and Maths

Personal Qualities

A desire to learn. A genuine love of food. Flexibility. A desire to run one’s own kitchen.

Future Prospects

Ownership of their own food business

Date Posted


Leeds City College