Kitchen Porter

What is a Kitchen Porter?

What is the job of a Kitchen Porter? A Kitchen Porter is responsible for cleaning the dishes, pots and pans, bowls and cutlery – restacking and packing as well as doing basic food preparation, like making salads etc.

They can work in restaurants, hotels, resorts, hospitals, in large catering companies, on cruise ships or wherever food is being prepared and served on a large scale.

What does a Kitchen Porter do?

  • stack glasses, dishes, pots, pans etc
  • operate large, industrial dishwashing machines
  • clean the kitchen area (surfaces and other equipment)
  • remove the garbage
  • clean the ovens and grills
  • wipe out fridges and freezers
  • clean up dining area
  • wash and mop the floors
  • help chef with basic food preparation (peeling, de-seeding, washing salad etc)
  • maintain and adhere to hygiene regulations at all times

Are you … ?

  • interested in working in a kitchen?
  • good with your hands?
  • responsible?
  • observant?
  • a hard worker?
  • willing to work unusual or late hours?
  • responsible?
  • safety and hygiene conscious?

How do I become a Kitchen Porter?

Training is provided on-the-job. 

Becoming a Kitchen Porter may be your first step towards becoming an assistant chef or more.  If you show enthusiasm, that you’re hard working, don’t complain etc, the company may send you on training courses or the chef may take you under their wing and train you themselves.  It’s up to you to make the most of the opportunity.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Dishwasher or Executive Housekeeper 

Is becoming a Kitchen Porter the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.