Started the very first day of a chef apprenticeship yesterday and wow what did I get myself into? I'm 31 started as a mature age and have had previous experience in washing dishes and minimal prep work but never on a grill or deep fryer. No I don't watch Chef shows like master chef and Ramsay. For my first day (Very First Day Ever) I was thrown onto the grill, salad and fryer section by myself with one other girl working the other section who is not a Chef but a previous second year and arrogant as all hell.I have never been to Tafe before, I don't know the menu and was expected to do 40 covers for lunch and around 45 again for dinner as I was told I needed to learn how to swim. Now I stuffed up a lot, got sworn at and told off as I didn't know what to do in a few situations forgetting items like lemon and tarter sauce, over cooking calamari and various things. I was frowned upon all night and made fun of. Is this normal to treat a first day apprentice with no training? I thought I was there to learn over a four year period beginning at the very bottom? It's turned me off the whole kitchen scene, What a &^% joke of a place. Well I never went back so my name is probably mud now and there goes my new career goal. And I know it's hard work in the kitchen. Fryer oil burns all up my arms!! Awesome!