Senior Chef Production Cooking
A Senior Production Chef strives to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to predetermined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments. A Senior Production Chef is likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team.
A Senior Production Chef and their team work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.
There are four assessment activities for the senior chef production cooking independent end assessment. The on-demand test, observation and business project may be undertaken in any order
and the professional discussion must be the last activity completed. All assessment activities must be completed within two months.
End-Point Assessment Components
- On-Demand Test
- Practical Observation
- Business Project
- Professional Discussion
The two-hour On-Demand test (including 30 minutes reading time) will be scenario based, requiring the apprentice to demonstrate reasoning and joined up thinking, demonstrating synoptic performance against the key elements of the standard. The questions will cover a representative sample of the grading criteria, be externally set and marked by an assessment organisation and be undertaken either on the employer’s premises or off-site.
The practical assessment is an observation of the apprentice in the production kitchen environment. During the four hour observation, the apprentice should have the opportunity, if required, to move from one area/function of the business to another in order to best demonstrate how they have applied their knowledge, skills and behaviours in a real-work environment to achieve genuine and demanding work objectives.
The business project is designed to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate their wider understanding of the business they are working in and in particular identify and ‘think through’ how an improvement could be made to the way it operates. The project must be based within the food production operation, be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length be followed by a 30-minute presentation of the project and question and answer session.
The 90-minute professional discussion is a structured discussion between the apprentice and their independent end assessor. The discussion will be planned in advance to allow the apprentice to prepare fully and will include a range of question covering the period of learning, development and continuous assessment, coverage of the standard and personal development and reflection. The professional discussion will recognise areas which have already been covered in the observation and business project so as not to re-assess an area in which the apprentice has already demonstrated competence.
If you would like to learn more about the Senior Chef Production Cooking apprenticeship standard, check out our factsheets page.
- Payable at Registration: £187 (25%)*
- Payable at Gateway: £563 (75%)**
- Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English
- Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics
*25% registration fee is transferrable to a new registration should an apprentice withdraw from the apprenticeship. Upon receipt apprentices, employers and training providers will gain access to the TQUK EPA management suite, our end-point assessment information packs, mock examinations, study tips, revision guides, training logs and self-assessment forms.
**75% fee paid at gateway in non-refundable as we anticipate that once the apprentice has passed through gateway they will be ready to undertake the end-point assessment elements. If the 75% payable upon gateway is not paid within 30 days of invoice we, as the EPAO, will put a hold on any end-point assessment activities being undertaken and any certification processes.
Training Qualifications UK offers one free re-sit per multiple-choice test where included within a standard. Element assessments re-sits will be charged per assessment and standard