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.
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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How to become a Chef
- Decide what type of restaurant you want to work in and what cuisine you’d like to cook.
- Apply for an apprenticeship with a TAFE or private college.
- 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.
Explore commercial cookery qualifications
Get started in the industry with a trade-based, vocational qualification.
This qualification provides the skills to prepare for a supervisory or team leader role within a commercial kitchen.