River Cottage Apprentice Chef

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River Cottage – Apprentice Chefs

Following the recent success of our newly qualified apprentices, we are excited to announce that we now have 4 new apprentice chef vacancies in partnership with River Cottage available. So, if you’re passionate about cooking and would like to gain a professional level 2 cookery apprenticeship with us then this unique and nationally celebrated programme is a great opportunity to kick-start your career.

You’ll complete 24 training days over the course of 12 months at River Cottage HQ with the help of professional chef tutors. And when you’re not attending the sessions at River Cottage you’ll be working at some of the best restaurants and hotels across the New Forest. It’s the combination of training, working and in-business tutorials that will enable you to gain your qualification.

We are looking for energetic, ambitious and committed individuals who are eager to learn and make the most of this fantastic opportunity. After successfully navigating your way through your first year you will have the opportunity to complete a further 12-month advanced apprenticeship. There will be also an option to secure a permanent position within the collection as a Chef de Partie.

We’ll also provide a full set of knives, chef whites, shoes, travel to and from River Cottage HQ and accommodation for the nights away.

  • NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship City & Guilds Course at River Cottage Head Quarters in Axminster

Transport essential due to the location.


  • Free meals on duty
  • 28 days holiday per year plus a duvet day on your birthday
  • Fantastic career development, training & opportunities
  • Benefits
  • Perk Box – access to the best perks from some of the UK’s biggest brands including discounts off your weekly shop
  • Cycle to work scheme – purchase yourself a new bike with generous discount and spread the cost
  • Active Social Committee – Get involved in social events in and outside of work
  • Excellent opportunities for training and development
  • Pension scheme
  • Healthcare benefits – discounted private healthcare
  • Staff loyalty card – rewarding you with discounts up to 50% off our products and services
  • Free staff parking
  • Escape to the sun and receive a discounted rate at our sister resort in Cyprus.


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