Pizzaiolo Apprentice Chef

  • Company: Pizzeria Bufala
  • Location: Swadlincote, DE11 0DH
  • Type: Apprenticeship
  • Salary: Between £9,984.00 and £10,920.00 per year
  • Sector: Retail and Commercial Enterprise
  • Ref: VAC-00948
  • Application Deadline Date: 04/08/2024
  • Start Date: 30/09/2024
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Working Week: Minimum of 30 hours per week. Monday-Sunday Including evenings and weekends

Brief Description

Pizzeria Bufala seeks a passionate Pizzaiolo Apprentice to craft authentic Neapolitan pizzas using traditional, AVPN certified methods. Join our team, perfect the art of true Neapolitan pizza-making and become an internationally certified Pizzaiolo.

Qualifications Required

GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4/C or above (Apprentices lacking these qualifications must gain them before taking the end point assessment.)

Personal Qualities

What we require:
• Passion for Pizza: A genuine love for pizza and a desire to learn the art of Neapolitan pizza-making.
• Work Ethic: Reliable, punctual, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
• Physical Stamina: Ability to stand for long periods and perform tasks that require physical effort, such as kneading dough and operating a wood-fired oven.

Skills Required

• Culinary Experience: Previous experience in a kitchen environment is preferred but not required. A willingness to learn and adapt is essential.
• Attention to Detail: Ability to follow recipes and procedures accurately, performing mathematical calculations and ensuring consistency and quality in every pizza.
• Customer Service Skills: Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact positively with customers and team members.

Training to be Provided

Level 2 Production Chef apprenticeship standard
Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

This apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of Work Based Assessment and day/block release.  The programme will culminate in an End Point Assessment, where all the skills and knowledge gained on the apprenticeship will be formally tested.

Future Prospects

Full-time employment may be available upon completion of the apprenticeship.

Vacancy Detail

About us:

Pizzeria Bufala is renowned for its dedication to crafting authentic, certified Neapolitan pizzas. We were the UK’s first certified pizzeria on the road and we take pride in using traditional methods and high-quality ingredients to bring the true taste of Naples to our customers.

We operate from both our mobile 1960’s vintage pizza van and also our commercial kitchen in Bretby, Burton-on-Trent where in addition to food preparation, we also manufacture Neapolitan pizzas for wholesale distribution.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Pizzaiolo Apprentice to join our dynamic team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone eager to learn and master the art of Neapolitan pizza-making. The ideal candidate will be committed to maintaining the high standards of our pizzeria and delivering an exceptional culinary experience to our customers.

Key Responsibilities:


• Pizza Preparation: Learn and execute the traditional methods of preparing and cooking authentic Neapolitan pizzas, including dough preparation, stretching, topping, and baking in a traditional oven.
• Ingredient Management: Ensure the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients in all pizzas. Assist in inventory management and ordering supplies as needed.
• Food Safety and Hygiene: Adhere to all food safety and health regulations. Maintain cleanliness and organisation in the kitchen and preparation areas.
• Customer Interaction: Handle customer payments efficiently and courteously. Provide excellent customer service, addressing any inquiries or concerns promptly.
• Team Collaboration: Work closely with kitchen staff and front-of-house team to ensure smooth operations and a cohesive work environment.
• Training and Development: Participate in ongoing training sessions to enhance your skills and knowledge of Neapolitan pizza-making.


What We Offer:

• Training and Development: Comprehensive training in traditional Neapolitan pizza-making techniques.
• Supportive Environment: A positive and collaborative team culture where your contributions are valued.
• Career Growth: Opportunities for advancement within the pizzeria for dedicated and skilled team members.
• Competitive Compensation: A competitive salary and benefits package, including employee discounts on our delicious pizzas.

Other Information

• This role often requires working outdoors when catering large events.
• This role has flexible working patterns due to nature of catering events, we endeavour to schedule shifts minimum 4 weeks in advance and provide as much regularity as is practical.

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