If you want to start a career in the kitchen, becoming a Kitchen Helper is an excellent way to make an entry. The job will provide you an opportunity to understand the ways of the kitchen, learn about your own compatibility to this profession, network with Back of House senior staff, and work your way up to your dream at your own chosen pace. There is a sense of pride attached to this position as no mid-to-large volume kitchen can run without a Kitchen Helper.
What do Kitchen Helpers Do?
A Kitchen Helper or Steward takes on the major responsibilities of cleaning and food preparation. The quality of his/her work directly influences the reputation of the establishment and enables it to serve customers in time and according to health and safety standards.
A Kitchen Helper has to stand for long periods of time in a busy, face-paced environment. Depending on the position, assigned duties, and where the helper is needed most, he or she may be responsible for assisting chefs and cooks by performing tasks that support them. This includes: prepping food; cleaning floors, garbage bins, food stations, and other equipment; putting away deliveries and food; rinsing, cleaning and sanitizing dishware, silverware, pots and pans.
A Kitchen Helper can find work in different kinds of commercial kitchens – in restaurants, hotels, schools, universities and others. It is a crucial position, so anywhere there is a medium to large-scale kitchen being run to prepare and serve food, there will be a need for Kitchen Helpers.
With good training, skill development, experience and progressively added qualifications, a Kitchen Helper can work towards becoming a culinary pre-apprentice, apprentice, cook or a chef. Many Kitchen Helpers have even successfully transitioned into senior-level or management positions in the hospitality or food service industries. The hospitality industry provides opportunities to grow by leaps and bounds to anyone who is willing to work hard and dream big.
Personal Qualities & Working Conditions:
It is important for a Kitchen Helper to have the physical stamina to be able to stand for long hours and the composure to be able to handle a fast-paced work environment during rush hours. Lifting heavy pots and pans, and working near hot ovens, grills, and dishwashers are part of the daily routine.
As the helper is part of a larger team, it is also important for the person to have the ability to work well as part of that team. Last, but not the least, personal cleanliness and hygiene are absolutely essential attributes to possess, as a Kitchen Helper is responsible for ensuring that the kitchen is clean and there is no contamination.
Kitchen Helpers need some basic food handling, preparation, and cleaning skills to start their careers. Hospitality Workers Training Centre offers Kitchen Helper training with a comprehensive and hands-on approach to teach a new entrant, with no prior experience, everything needed to begin this new career. From operating commercial kitchen equipment, such as dishwashers or meat grinders, to washing the dishes according to standards and all required certifications needed for food handling are part of our course. To know more about the Kitchen Helper course, click here. Courses take place regularly and the training takes place at Hawthorne Food & Drink, our social enterprise, training restaurant in Toronto.
Eligibility for our Kitchen Helper training:
If you are between the ages of 18 to 29 years or in receipt of ODSP, you are eligible to receive our free Kitchen Helper training. You should be willing to work days, evenings and weekends and able to lift up to 30 lbs of weight.