Can you stand the heat? Then get into the kitchen as an RAF Apprentice Chef.
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 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.
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 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.
- Competitive salary which rises after training and has yearly incremental increases with opportunities to earn up to £52,837 subject to promotions throughout your career.
- Automatic non-contributory pension scheme.
- Full on the job training.
- Free gym membership.
- Accommodation provided with heavily subsidised fees for single members and families.
- Wide range of subsidised training and education available.
- Minimum 38 days paid holiday per year.
- Opportunity to take part in adventurous training and sporting activities during work time, subsidise travel, entry fees and equipment costs.
- Subsidised meals with on-base catering.
- Free private healthcare and dental care.
- Member of Defence Discount Service.
- Railcard for £21 a year.
- Competitive Maternity and Paternity leave.
- Job Security: During COVID19 Pandemic we have continued to pay full salaries and have not needed to furlough any of our employees.
- Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth. This is due to the rapid and effective deployability of RAF personnel to countries that apply travel restrictions to non-UK personnel.
- Be between 16 and 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday).
- No formal qualifications required but subject to an Airman Selection Test.
- Pass a Fitness test.
- Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training.
- There are health and fitness requirements that must be met by all applicants.
Fancy a challenge that will both develop and stretch you? Click apply to become one of the Royal Air Force’s skilled Logistics Chefs.