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Commis Chef

Prepare for a culinary career by working as a Junior Chef in a commercial kitchen.

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What can I earn as a Commis Chef?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Commis Chef is between $50k and $60k
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How to become a Commis Chef


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

  1. Think about kind of restaurant you’d like to work in and type of cuisine you’d like to cook. Training as a Commis Chef is all about on-the-job training. You’ll learn about ingredients, techniques, kitchen management, service standards and food hygiene.
  2. Absorb all the knowledge you can. When starting out as a Commis Chef you’ll have the opportunity to learn a range of skills and techniques that will prepare you to work towards becoming a Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, and Head chef.
  3. 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).

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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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How do Commis Chefs rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Commis Chefs surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.2
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
4.2

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Oct 2018
Chef life is hard, challenging and stressful, but I love my job and wouldn’t change it for anything!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hospitality
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Cold larder & Pastry
The good things
Learning how to work in a stressful environment, time management and ability to keep an area clean, tidy and organised are skills that are improved everyday you work. Something new is learned everyday...
The challenges
Long hours and not being able to have a life outside of work- your work is your social life mostly. Dealing with people who don’t like to be told they are wrong and going long periods of time without...
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Oct 2018
Chef’s work is tough but I wouldn’t do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Fine dinning, functions and prep kitchen
The good things
Everyone enjoys cooking and has probably thought of becoming a chef but I think you have to be passionate about food, be driven to experiment and to create to become a chef. To be honest , reality i...
The challenges
Challenging are in anyway work force. Kitchen is no except. As a chef you have so much to consider such as health regulations, dietary needs, allergies, learning and experiments . It’s a big challenge...
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What are the job opportunities for Commis Chefs?

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