The Treehouse Assistant Chef - Level 2 Apprenticeship (Ref: 1480971)

Salary: £111.00 (30hrs x £3.70)Closing Date: 28 Jan 2019Hours: 30 hours - You will be required to work early morning, late evenings and weekends on occasion

The Treehouse, Alnwick                                                                                               

Located within the grounds of The Alnwick Garden, the Treehouse is one of the largest wooden treehouses in the world, comprising of an 80 seat restaurant, kitchens, toilet facilities, a small party or service room at roof level, a separate café and an individual treehouse for visitor information. Enormous and beautifully crafted, the Treehouse is built from sustainably sourced Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood and English and Scots pine. It sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it’s been there forever. There are walkways in the sky and wobbly rope bridges for bouncing on, all accessible by wheelchair and buggy. On the Treehouse’s deck there’s the Roost, one of The Garden’s education rooms, which shows films and hosts activities at certain times of the year. At the heart of the Treehouse is one of the most beautiful and unique restaurants to be found anywhere in the world. There’s a roaring log fire in the centre of the room, trees growing through the floor, handcrafted furniture and screens created from fallen branches. Most importantly, the locally-inspired food is delicious.

A fantastic opportunity has become available for an apprentice to join the team at The Treehouse, supporting the Head Chef in daily operations. The successful candidate will be working alongside very experienced staff, working as part of a team to ensure efficient, effective and quality service to guests, demonstrating the ability to deliver a menu featuring a superb mix of Northumberland fare created from locally sourced ingredients.

Duties will include:

  • Preparing fresh ingredients;
  • Use of relevant kitchen equipment and utensils;
  • Strict stock rotation to minimise wastage and use of freshest ingredients;
  • Supporting team in creating menu items;
  • Carrying out basic cooking tasks;
  • Observe and implement correct portion size;
  • Adhering to strict food hygiene and health and safety regulations;
  • Monitoring the work area at all times to ensure clear, clean and tidy;


Skills required: Very good communication skills, attention to detail, team work, organised.

Personal qualities: Excellent personal hygiene, “can-do” attitude, willing to help when needed regardless of area, friendly, approachable.

Qualifications required: GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalent). Functional skills will be undertaken at College by applicants without this qualification.

Future prospects: Progression to level 3, Full time employment

Reality check: The employer is looking for someone who is reliable, has a genuine passion for cooking and can work within a sometimes hectic environment. This can be a very busy, high pressured and physically demanding role at times, so attitude and behaviour with a willingness to help is one of the key elements required. During the working shift, you must be able to take and act upon direct instruction. You will be required to work to the terms and conditions of your contract.

Important Information: Successful candidates will be required to attend a pre-screen interview prior to being put forward to the employer.

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