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Kitchen assistants have the job of helping a kitchen team. This can include preparing food and keeping the kitchen clean.

Other names for kitchen assistants include:

  • Catering assistants
  • Crew members
  • Kitchen associates
  • Kitchen porters (KPs)
  • Food and beverage assistants
  • General kitchen hands

Kitchen assistants work in kitchens which can be found in:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Ships
  • Hospitals
  • Schools/ colleges
  • The military
  • Private catering events

This type of job may involve:

  • Washing and preparing ingredients
  • Unpacking deliveries into the storeroom
  • Cleaning and maintaining hygiene in the kitchen
  • Washing dishes

You may be on your feet a lot, and you may work long shifts.

You might have to work late nights, on weekends and bank holidays.

Kitchen assistant is an entry level job.

If you want to apply for a kitchen assistant job, you might need the following:

Where are the best kitchen and catering assistants jobs?

  1. 1 John Lewis & Partners
  2. 2 JD Wetherspoon
  3. 3 NHS
  4. 4 McDonald’s
  5. 5 Sodexo
  6. 6 Compass Group

Handy to know about kitchen and catering assistants

How much do kitchen and catering assistants earn per hour?


From 234 kitchen and catering assistants

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

48% report getting one week notice or less
14% report getting two weeks notice
6% report getting three weeks notice
18% report getting four weeks notice or more
13% report having a fixed rota

Based on 235 kitchen and catering assistants

How often do people get paid?

28% of people report they get paid weekly
9% of people report they get paid every two weeks
13% of people report they get paid every four weeks
50% of people report they get paid monthly

Based on 241 kitchen and catering assistants

How are people paid?

By the hour 94% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 249 kitchen and catering assistants

What contracts are people on?

13% report having zero hours contracts
14% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
56% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
18% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 228 kitchen and catering assistants

Who’s hiring kitchen and catering assistants?

  1. 26 recent jobs

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  3. NHS

    13 recent jobs

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