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Job Description

A Kitchen Porter carries out a range of basic duties in the kitchen from stock management to cleaning. They will be responsible for washing the restaurant dishes and all the kitchen utensils, as well as cleaning all the larger items of kitchen equipment and the food production areas.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could take a college course in cookery or hospitality.

You may need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

The following local colleges offer courses in Food and Beverage Service:


You could do a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship.

You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.

Click here to search for an apprenticeship.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set requirements, though some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E) in English and maths.

Experience of working in a kitchen would be useful but is not essential.

More Information

You can find out more about working as a kitchen porter from the Hospitality Guild and CareerScope.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and training you could progress to kitchen assistant or chef.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Counter service assistant
  • Kitchen assistant
  • Head chef

Required Skills

  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to carry out tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Physically fit
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Calm under pressure
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Able to follow instructions

Salary Range 

£13,000 to £18,000

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