Everything you need to know to work as a kitchen helper – Job Offers Online

Everything you need to know to work as a kitchen helper


Kitchen  assistants , also known as kitchen assistants, kitchen helpers or kitchen apprentices, are the professionals who help in the preparation and preparation of dishes in a kitchen. They work under the supervision of the chefs or cooks and help them with everything necessary to prepare the dishes.

Kitchen assistants can work in restaurants, bars, hotels, catering companies, leisure clubs or cruise ships, among others. This profession is a good start for anyone looking to move up to a more responsible position in a kitchen, such as cook, chef de cuisine, executive chef, or sous chef.

In this article, we show you the main functions of a kitchen helper, the requirements you must have to work and the best job offers from Turijobs:


What are the functions of a kitchen helper?

Kitchen helpers tend to take care of the simplest and most routine tasks in the kitchen. One of its essential functions is the order and hygiene of the utensils and the preparation of the food that forms the dishes. Its objective is that the execution of the dishes is as fast and orderly as possible. In this way, they have many responsibilities to cover.

Even so, the functions can vary depending on the size of the kitchen in which they work. It will also depend on the work policy of the company or establishment. In general, the main functions of a kitchen helper would be:

  • Clean, peel and cut food
  • Weigh or measure food
  • Mix ingredients to make sauces or dressings
  • Assist in the preparation of ready-to-serve dishes
  • Clean and tidy the kitchen and utensils
  • Store food in the appropriate spaces (pantry, fridge, freezer, etc.)
  • Keep track of food stock
  • Manage order control


How should a kitchen helper be?

The age of a candidate is not a usual requirement, although there is usually a preference for younger people. Another of the requirements demanded by companies is that professionals must reside in an area close to the establishment.

However, the main factor requested by most companies is attitude . A kitchen helper must be a person with the following qualities and skills:

  • interest in cooking
  • Service vocation
  • Interest in continuous learning
  • initiative and dynamism
  • Flexible and versatile
  • Able to work as a team
  • Creative
  • fast and efficient
  • meticulous and responsible
  • Clean, orderly and methodical


What studies and experience should a kitchen helper have?

Although this profession is not linked to any degree, professionals must have a minimum academic level , that is, have a school degree and have a food handler's permit. However, the high competitiveness of the sector makes it necessary to have a training cycle or a university degree that allows one to practice the profession, such as the Intermediate Training Cycle in Hospitality and Tourism or the Degree in Tourism.

Keep in mind that depending on the requirements of the establishment, the professional may have to complement their knowledge with other  specific cooking courses , such as Kitchen Management or Dish Decoration.

Remember that continuous training will be essential to achieve professional improvement.

On the other hand, it is not necessary to have work experience in the kitchen, but it will be considered a plus to get the job. It must be taken into account that jobs as a kitchen assistant can be used as training practices that the professional has completed in this sector.


Job offers and working conditions of a kitchen helper

According to the latest Turijobs study , the professional area with the most job offers is Cooking , with 19.24%. You can find all kitchen helper jobs here .

The Spanish provinces with the most job offers registered in recent months are in Barcelona, ​​the Balearic Islands, Madrid, Alicante, Las Palmas and Malaga, although 6% of the vacancies are job offers in the kitchen abroad .

According to SEPE (Public State Employment Service), 74% of the contracts made in Spain as kitchen assistants are temporary, while 23% are permanent. However, 35% of temporary contracts offer continuity in the job.

At the same time, 74% of kitchen assistants have a full working day and the average salary range is between 12,000 and 20,000 euros per year.

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