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Chef

A fast-paced career for food lovers.

What's it like to be a Chef?

A Chef is a professional cook, trained in all aspects of food preparation. They generally work in commercial kitchens; these can take on a wide variety of forms, from fine dining restaurants, to cafés, to foodtrucks. Many Chefs focus on a specific cuisine, while others choose to specialise in certain aspects of cooking, like baking or pastry making.

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Tasks and duties

  • Pre-service: Checking the inventory and ordering required ingredients. Preparing for service may include things like cleaning, cutting and marinating the food.
  • Service: Communicating with floor and other kitchen staff, cooking and serving food.
  • Post-service: Ensuring the work environment is spotless is essential.

What can I earn as a Chef?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Chef is between $55k and $65k

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How to become a Chef


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There are no required qualifications to become a Chef, but it’s common for Chefs to complete an apprenticeship and gain a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816).

  1. Decide what type of restaurant you want to work in and what cuisine you’d like to cook.
  2. Apply for an apprenticeship with a TAFE or private college.
  3. Many experienced Chefs branch out into owning their own restaurants or cafés. Owning and running your own business can be complicated and demanding, so it’s a good idea to supplement your cooking skills with some business training.

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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

This certificate gives you the skills to prepare food and menu items and may provide a pathway into roles in cafes and restaurants.
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Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

This qualification provides the skills to prepare for a supervisory or team leader role within a commercial kitchen.

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How do Chefs rate their role?

Latest reviews from 28 Chefs surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.4
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.7

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Jul 2020
Not for a family type person if you care about spending time with family on weekends, holiday
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Commercial Cookery
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Chef
The good things
Plenty of jobs and secure. Even during Pandemic time Covid-19, i still work the normal shifts. Qualifications aren’t a big deal, experience is the most important to get promoted.
The challenges
No more weekends and public holiday, even dinner time with family. Quite stressful in the kitchen and require lots of responsibility
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Nov 2018
Being a chef takes a certain type of person
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Chef
The good things
If you have a creative side you get to express it daily through food. Helps build a strong character also with the fast paced environment and stressful situations
The challenges
Long hours not great pay hard work no family time
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What are the job opportunities for Chefs?

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National increase over next 5 years *
16.1%
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