Kitchen assistants do basic food preparation, make sure that chefs have everything they need and be responsible for cleaning the kitchen. Also follow strict hygiene, health and safety rules. Kitchen assistants usually do not need any particular qualifications to work as a kitchen assistant. However, a good standard of general education would be useful.
To become a kitchen assistant, you will need to be able to carry out tasks quickly and competently. You will need to follow instructions. You will also need to use your initiative and work in a team.
Kitchens are often divided into sections. For example, vegetables could be prepared in one area, and meat and fish in another area. As an assistant, you will often support the chef in a specific work section.
You would also help chefs get ready for serving food to customers. This could involve washing, peeling and trimming food items to make them ready for cooking when customers order them. You would use a variety of kitchen equipment such as automatic mixers, chipping machines and special knives and cutters.