Apprentice Commis Chef

Job Type Customer Service
Location Cookham - Odney Club
Additional Locations Cookham - Winter Hill
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 12/12/2021
Vacancy Type Temporary
Salary £20,600.00 - £25,500.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 37.5 hrs Earliest start time 6am latest finish time 10pm


If you are looking for a hotel with something different and some history to work in, then The Odney Hotel, our Place by the River could be for you. This is a beautiful and unique John Lewis Partnership owned hotel, set in 130 acres by the River Thames in Cookham, Berkshire. It offers both character and charm to our guests. 

The guests can stay in one of 5 beautiful houses on the site, each maintaining the period look of it’s time with access to the picturesque grounds including a private stretch of river, water gardens, a pool and sports facilities. The main building Lullebrook Manor and it’s grounds are thought to have been the inspiration for the classic novel The Wind in The Willows bringing history along with relaxation.

Relaxation can be further achieved with a visit to our Serenity Spa, offering beauty treatments and massages or afternoon tea on the terrace, a drink in the bar or a meal overlooking the river. For any golfers, there is also our Partnership owned golf course Winter Hill down the road.

What’s the role about?

Do you aspire to a career as a Chef? If so, this is an exciting opportunity to learn to become a professional Chef within the John Lewis Partnership. We’ll give you all the training you need to kick-start your career. You’ll gain the qualifications you need to do the job and the opportunity of securing a permanent Chef role with us at the end of your apprenticeship.

This 12 month programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to competently act as a Chef within the Partnership. We are looking for an Apprentice to join our team based at Odney. You will work alongside various skilled Partners within our 4 kitchen areas where you contribute to the daily runnings of a kitchen whether that be for events such as weddings, set daily menus or 3 course meals for our hotel guests. You will be well supported by our skilled Partners to help you through the programme and put into practice what you learn. Once qualified to full commis chef position at the end of the apprenticeship, there are opportunities to progress through the ranks from Chef de Partie to Sous Chef. Many of our current chefs have worked their way up through the ranks from Kitchen Porter to Head Chef!

What will you be doing?

  • Work as part of the Catering team to produce and deliver the hotel food we offer

  • To add value to the efficient and profitable running of the kitchen in order to achieve your business and personal objectives

  • Responsibilities vary day to day from kitchen porter activities to event catering

  • Experience the running of 4 kitchens across our hotel

  • Work in accordance with food hygiene policies and legal compliance 

  • With the help of senior chef’s you will work towards completing City & Guilds diplomas in professional cookery, BTEC HNC in professional cookery as well as Level 2 and 3 qualification in Food safety and hygiene.

  • Institute for apprenticeships and technical education and professional Assessment

What could you bring to the role?

  • Passion for food

  • Ability to adapt to 4 different kitchen/menu styles

  • Previous experience in a kitchen setting

External Candidates - please view the job outline attached to the advert.

Internal Partners - please find the job outline in this folder -

Please Note:

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  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early ​

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As a business we encourage flexible working. We have a number of different ways to work flexibly, so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, examples of how our Partners already work flexibly include part-time, job share, home working and compressed hours.


We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site - We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so, at your interview, feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Attachment: Odney Apprentice Commis.pdf 


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