The key principles of the Kitchen porter role are ‘efficiency’ and ‘sanitation’. The kitchen porter’s main objective is to maintain and provide the cooking staff with a fully functional, clean and equipped kitchen, which can be a challenge in busy periods. Let us guide you through the requirements of the role and what to expect as a kitchen porter.
Duties May Include:
Collecting and washing up pots, pans, cutlery and plates (dishwashing is likely)
Cleaning surfaces and maintaining a clean kitchen
Cleaning cooking equipment
Basic food preparation
Operating dishwashers and a variety of cooking / cleaning equipment
Dismantling equipment components and cleaning/ rinsing at end of shift
Mopping when necessary / end of shift
Unloading and stocking food deliveries
Duties may vary dependant on the kitchen policies and capacity of the hotel restaurant but many of the outlined tasks will be conducted daily.
Challenges May Include:
Hand washing pots, pans, etc (possible in small establishments)
Working hard to make sure all equipment is clean and available in busy periods
Working in commercial kitchens can become pressured in peak times
The roles that surround a kitchen are varied in salary potential, skill, responsibility and importance however many kitchen porters have progressed or maneuvered into these roles based on their demonstrated potential. The kitchen porter role is a chance to demonstrate hard work, commitment and potentially learn some catering skills.
Flexible to work shifts that could include weekends and/or evenings
Physical fitness is necessary to do the job properly
Ability to work quickly and efficiently in fast pace environments
Can work well as part of a team and can follow instructions
Set meal times, such as hotel breakfasts, tend to mean working hours are divided into shift patterns which can involve working on weekends and evenings. Restaurant service in hotels typically work longer shift times, with weekend and evening work guaranteed. Kitchen work does tend to be flexible and can often be scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis giving the Kitchen Porter variation and the choice to take on part-time, temporary or seasonal work.
Kitchen Porter Salary
The kitchen porter’s salary is universally calculated by hour. Due to the nature of the job as a starting-position in a kitchen, the rate per hour may be the national minimum wage. Many bigger hotels will offer a higher rate however the rate will be entirely dependant on the employer.
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