Dovedale Towers - Apprentice Chef

Salary: £4:50 Per Hour
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 11-Dec-2017

Employer: Dovedale Towers

Vacancy Location: 60 Penny Lane, Liverpool. L18 1DG

Vacancy Title: Apprentice Chef

Number of Vacancies: 1

Working Week: Minimum of 35 Hours Per Week

Wage: £4:50 Per Hour


Vacancy Description   

We are looking to recruit an apprentice chef who is passionate about a career in the industry to join our team of professional chefs. Working with the head chef and the team, we need an apprentice chef to help prepare and cook our varied menu that uses local fresh ingredients. We serve Breakfasts, Starters, Sundries, various main courses, burgers, handmade pies, delicious deserts and our famous Sunday Roast.

We also are always open to new ideas and dishes to be included on our menus. You will gain great experience here whilst also attending The City of Liverpool College as part of an apprenticeship programme.

We are specifically looking for a candidate who has the desire to pursue a career in the catering and hospitality industry. If you have visions of being a head chef, this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

We have a vacancy for an apprentice chef our iconic Gastro Pub on Liverpool’s famous Penny Lane. We use locally sourced, fresh ingredients and the main duties and responsibilities for our apprentice commis chef are:

  • Maintain health, hygiene and safety when storing and preparing food

  • Prepare basic vegetable dishes

  • Prepare basic meat and poultry dishes

  • Prepare pasta dishes

  • Prepare basic soups

  • Prepare basic fish dishes

  • Prepare different desserts

  • Set up and close kitchen

  • Take directions and guidance from supervisors and managers.

  • Help set up and close down the kitchens

  • Understand dietary requirements and allergens

Employer Description

Great Buildings often make great pubs, and The Dovedale Towers is a great, iconic building.

The building itself has seen many incarnations throughout the years; originally known as Grove House, home to the mysterious Mr (not Colonel) Kurtz, hugely wealthy industrialist and a prominent supporter of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, it passed through guises as an orphanage, a Russian embassy, a guest house which, in 1969, housed a certain Farrokh Bulsara (never heard of him? Google him) and was of course once St Barnabus’s church hall where a certain Sir Paul McCartney was a choir boy and later played here with both the Quarry Men and The Beatles at which time it was a major venue on the Mersey Beat scene.  Various establishments made its home within its walls throughout the following decades, until 2009 when it sadly closed its doors.

Now we’ve all spent many hours in pubs and restaurants criticising and pontificating about what you’d do differently if it was yours, so when you see your local boarded up and gathering dust you quickly realise it’s time to get involved or quit the game.  So, we took our local and saved it with the aim to make it a refuge for diners and drinkers alike. Part community hub, part drinking den, bright open spaces mixed with quiet secluded corners. Big flavours and rough edges A place for good food, good beer, good stories, good music with good friends and all manner of events and functions. It’s an act that can be difficult to pull off, but we think we do it quite well.

At the risk of sounding somewhat parochial, we also try to keep it local. We’re locally owned and locally ran. We use the best local produce and ingredients we can, we buy from family owned companies whenever possible and we change our menus in partnership with our suppliers throughout the seasons. We believe that having close personal relationships with both local businesses and guests helps create a sense of identity and character, a sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.

So, you can find us at 60 Penny Lane, there beneath the blue suburban skies…


Skills Required

  • Ideally some previous experience in food preparation
  • Able to work in a food preparation environment


Personal Qualities   

At The Dovedale, we are all very passionate about food and service.  In addition to your drive and passion, we are looking for someone with:

  • Confidence in ability to succeed
  • Flexible
  • Commitment to the role
  • Willing to learn (in work and College)
  • Able to keep calm and positive in a pressured environment


Qualifications Required  

Ideally a Level 1 catering/hospitality qualification and a minimum of Entry Level 3 in Maths and English but a real passion and interest in cooking is the key to this role.


Training to be Provided

NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in Hospitality Services (Food Preparation) – one day per week at Duke Street site in Liverpool city centre plus Functional Skills in English and Maths if required.


Expected Duration

18 Months


Future Prospects   

The prospect of a full-time role is here on successful completion of your apprenticeship programme.


Working Week

Minimum 35 hours per week

Shifts range between the hours of 10am and 8:30pm.

You will also be expected to attend college 1 day per week


Other Important Information/Reality Check

Working in the catering industry requires dedication, commitment, and hard work, many of the hours are anti-social and involve late finishes, so suitable travel arrangements need to be considered.

Working in an intimate kitchen in close proximity with other chefs, working under pressure, and long days standing.


Important Information to be Considered:

Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by the Government for non-levy paying employers. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

If you wish you apply for this vacancy please send you CV via email, stating the role you would like to be considered for, to  and answer tyhe following question:

1. What's your favourite dish and why?

2. What could you bring to our team?

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