What it’s like to be a Commis Chef Apprentice with Fuller’s – Jakub's story


Jakub Seroka joined the team at The Plough in Ealing in September 2018 as a Kitchen Porter. Now, he is on his way to becoming a qualified chef – earning while he’s learning through Fuller’s Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme.

We asked Jakub what it's like to be a Commis Chef Apprentice with Fuller's.

Adam Sykes

From Kitchen Porter to Commis Chef Apprentice

Originally from Poland, Jakub moved to London with his family at 12 years’ old. He had always loved cooking, but said it wasn’t until he started work at The Plough that his career in cooking began.

“From a really young age I’ve really liked to cook. My sister was an assistant manager at The Plough and told me to apply for a kitchen porter job there. I got the job, and the head chef and the manager saw potential in me asked if I wanted to do the Fuller’s Apprenticeship Programme to become a chef. I like a challenge, and I love to cook, so I said yes.”

Jakub started the Fuller’s Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme in March 2019. The programme, which runs for up to 15 months, includes one day of study at one of Fuller’s partner colleges or universities each week, and four days per week working at a Fuller’s pub, where apprentices are mentored by a head chef.

He said studying to become a chef isn’t an easy road without challenges, but his passion for cooking and the hospitality industry is what makes the hard work worthwhile.

“One of the hardest parts for me is the theory, because English isn’t my first language. But I’m also studying Maths and English as part of the programme. Time management is also one of the biggest challenges, but I like that it’s challenging.

“My biggest strengths in the kitchen are my focus and leadership. I enjoy helping others and I always help my classmates if they ask for it. And, it makes me happy when I make a meal and I see a smile on the customer’s face.”

When asked what advice he would give to those wanting to pursue a role in cooking, Jakub said: “Don’t stress, be positive and just crack on. You have to keep your mindset right because when you stress things go wrong. We’ve got great chefs teaching in the apprenticeship programme and you learn and progress so quickly."

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"If you love cooking, you should start Fuller’s Chef Apprenticeship.” - Jakub Seroka, Chef Apprentice at The Plough, Ealing.

Become a Chef Apprentice with Fuller’s

The Fuller’s Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme is designed for anyone looking to have the best start to a chef career, by providing all the skills and knowledge required to become a qualified chef.

Apprentices study one day per week at one of Fuller’s partner colleges or universities, and work for four days per week at one of our selected managed pubs, where they are mentored by one of our head chefs.

We have two intakes for apprenticeships each year – in March and September – but we recruit all year round in our pubs, so you can join us at any time and go onto the next available programme.

Find out more about Fuller’s Chef Apprenticeship Programmes: Chef Apprenticeships.

Supporting Hospitality Apprenticeship Week

Our apprenticeship programme was launched in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength. We have 90 apprentices currently on the programme and are committed to growing that to 200.

That’s why Fuller’s are proud to support the first Hospitality Apprenticeship Week (5-9 August 2019). We are participating by providing an insight into life as an apprentice with Fuller’s through the stories of those taking our programme – showing the positive impacts apprenticeships can make in people’s lives and careers.

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