A collaboration between
British Culinary Federation
Culinary Association Wales
Federation of Chefs Scotland

Applied Ability Awards - Mentors Notes

Preparing for the Exam

Here is a quick reference guide for completing your Scans & Plans, with essential documents in bold - click on each to read or download:

Step 1 Mentors Procedure - a quick overview; do read before doing anything else.
Step 2 Now review the AAA Foundation Chef Syllabus and AAA Chef Syllabus and decide whether your candidate should attempt the Foundation Chef or the Chef level exam.
Step 3

Together with your candidate, you can now fill in the combined Skill Scan & Action Plan (see video below) to enroll for either the AAA Foundation Chef Exam or the AAA Chef Exam

For a fuller explanation of the aims and measures of the Awards, see Appraisal Criteria.

 Please make sure you give a copy to your candidate and keep one for yourself before sending a scanned copy to AAA Manager Jill Matthews by e-mail.

Simply guide and support your candidate through the agreed Action Plan to ensure exam ready. Remember that your candidate can watch Skills Demonstrations or take practice Knowledge Tests whenever they want by logging into the Tests & Demos area in the menu to the left. Please log in regularly using your own  Mentor Username and Password to monitor candidate progress.

Filling in the Skill Scan & Action Plan

This is a 10-minute video showing a Mentor and Candidate completing the only paperwork required for AAA exams - the combined Skill Scan & Action Plan, which in this case is for AAA Foundation Chef (the AAA Chef version is identical in format).

Their conversation is best viewed with a print-out of the Foundation Chef Scan & Plan to hand - you can download a copy under Step 3 above. Click here to mount the video in a new window, and then click on the AAA logo to start viewing.

Taking the Exam

Exam Day Notes - it's most important you and your candidate read these notes carefully in the month prior to the exam,

Past Exams - Examples

 Foundation Chef level are more task-driven and recipes are not provided. The Chef exam is recipe-based. The tasks/recipes are sent out two weeks before the exam. Note -The actual recipes for Chef level are not given here, just the top sheets for the exams plus the skill sets the Chef Examiners expect to see demonstrated. 

Foundation Chef Exam Exam 1
  Exam 2
  Exam 3
  Exam 4
  Exam 5
Chef Exam Exam 6
  Exam 7
  Exam 8

Knowledge Tests and Skill Demonstrations

The 'Tests & Demos' area  - subdivides the AAA syllabus against matching Knowledge Tests and Skill Demonstrations for your candidate to study and practice and for you to log in and monitor candidate progress. Log in details are provided once your completed Scan & Plan has been received and registered. Once your Candidate's Scan & Plan has been received and registered. Meanwhile there is a preview option for Guests, which anyone can access at any time.

Questions or Feedback

Should you have a question or comment on any aspect of the AAA please let us know. In addition, once your candidate has taken the exam, we would welcome any suggestions you may have.