Northcote Chef Apprenticeships

Northcote apprentices are a fantastic opportunity to learn the craft alongside an award-winning and dynamic team. Executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen works closely with our apprentice chefs, supporting and encouraging them to reach their full potential in state-of-the-art kitchen facilities.

The benchmark to train the best culinary apprentices in the UK is taken seriously by Lisa and the team. We are extremely passionate about supporting our apprentices and believe the more that is invested in them by their developing skills, the more Northcote will also benefit.

Apprentice chefs are trained to the Commis Chef Standard, giving them the opportunity to experience all sections of the kitchen before choosing a specialism. All aspects of a commercial kitchen are covered, from menu planning and dish development to costing, supply chains, professional behaviour and culture.

Apprentices join a talented brigade including some fantastic Northcote success stories…

Apprentice to Head Chef in 11 years!

Northcote’s Head Chef Danny Young began his career in the Northcote kitchen as an apprentice at the age of 16. Danny worked his way up the ranks following his 4 year apprenticeship. The talented chef won the Craft Guild of Chefs National Young Chef of the Year 2018 and the Acorn Award 2021, awarded to just 30 people each year who show excellence in chosen field of hospitality.

Award finals opens door to Northcote Apprenticeship

Matthew Marriott began his Northcote apprenticeship straight from school following competition success. Matthew was mentored by our own Danny Young during the Springboard Future Chef competition. This contest aims to inspire the next generation of young chefs from age 13 upwards. Matthew reached the regional finals of the competition, which paved his way to begin a career at Northcote.

Hear what some of our recent apprentices say about working at Northcote…


Applications for apprentices are accepted all year round for a September start, with apprenticeships being two to three years’ long.

If you are interested in finding out more about Northcote apprenticeships, please email HR Manager [email protected] briefly highlighting why you want to work at Northcote.