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Kitchen Assistant As A Career

A kitchen assistant helps the cook or chef by doing basic kitchen work in hotels, restaurants and other catering facilities. The main job of the kitchen assistant is to ensure that the kitchen is clean and operational. In some kitchens, a kitchen assistant is also involved in preparing ingredients, so it’s a great stepping stone to becoming a chef. This career is apt for one who wants to work as a chef, but haven’t obtained any qualifications.

Roles and Responsibilities 
  • Ensuring the food preparation areas are clean and hygienic
  • Washing utensils and dishes and making sure they are stored appropriately
  • Sorting, storing and distributing ingredients
  • Washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and cooking foodstuffs and helping to prepare salads and desserts
  • Disposing of rubbish
  • Organising linen laundry
  • Cleaning the food preparation equipment, floors and other kitchen tools or areas
Key Skills required
  • Understanding the importance of health and hygiene
  • Physical strength
  • Team worker
  • The ability to listen and learn – fast
Career Opportunities And Education: 

There isn’t a need for any formal education to become a kitchen assistant, however, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government Of India has introduced a program of one year duration in ‘Catering And Hospitality Assistant’. This course is good for anyone who wishes to join the hospitality business as an assistant.

Check the link below for detailed curriculum: 

Curriculum ‘ Catering And Hospitality Assistant’. 

Today I received a call from Umang (name changed) an engineer by profession, whose house help has dropped out of school after her Grade 10 in 2017. He found my number from my google business listing and wanted to book an appointment for a counselling session to find out good career opportunities for this girl. When I mentioned I can do it pro-bono, he insisted to pay my fees. I mention this because it gives me hope that we have many people in our country who have good intentions and want to work towards empowering girls not only by supporting their education but taking guidance from a career counsellor. 

It is a compete co-incidence that today I had planned to write about career as a kitchen assistant because I also wanted to include some skilled based careers in this series. `

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2 thoughts on “Kitchen Assistant As A Career”

  1. A stepping stone for a larger dream when the dream seems beyond limits is what I would call a Kitchen assistant.
    I feel even those who do not have any professional culinary skills background but wish to open their own cafes or bistros or restaurants should do this diploma to get the hang of ‘inside the kitchen world’.

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