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Cook

Prepare and cook food in restaurants, cafes or other catering businesses.

What's it like to be a Cook?

A Cook prepares fast and simple food. Cooks usually work on several orders at once to get the food out as quickly as possible to customers. They apply food safety and hygiene techniques to maintain a clean kitchen and ensure the freshness and quality of their ingredients.

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Tasks and duties

  • Leading cost and inventory control measures to minimise food wastage and spoilage
  • Ensuring excellence of menu delivery to ensure the highest standards of quality
  • Preparing menus and considering clients' in choice and selection where appropriate.
  • Monitoring and complying with Workplace Health and Safety and Environmental practices.
  • Keeping up with trends in cooking and the restaurant business to ensure that guests have a positive experience.
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Specific tasks and duties of the role vary depending on where you are working. In some takeaway food outlets or restaurants you may need knowledge in preparing and cooking a particular type of food (for example pizza or fried chicken), or you may need to specialise in a particular type of cuisine (such as Italian, Vietnamese or Indian).

What can I earn as a Cook?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Cook is between $50k and $60k

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How to become a Cook


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It’s possible to work as a Cook without a formal qualification, however, many employers require a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816).

  1. Complete a vocational qualification in cookery. This may be a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816) or a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (SIT40516).
  2. It’s also recommended you hold a Food Handler’s Certificate.
  3. Work your way up the kitchen ladder to become a supervisor or pursue a career as a Chef working in a commercial kitchen.

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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 Cooks rate their role?

Latest reviews from 18 Cooks surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.9

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Aug 2019
"Cooking is tough but rewarding in so many ways".
Reviewer's Qualification
after 25 years 'bachelor of everything' and 'master of most of it'.
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
cooking
The good things
I have to deal with young people all the time in my role and they have many and varied food requests so to get it all correct and have them leaving complimenting the food and feeling happy is very rew...
The challenges
The pitfalls of being a cook/housekeeper are the long hours and always being on your feet and it is hard to find a life balance that is good but if you like your job everything always works out in the...
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Aug 2019
cooking for a childcare is hard work but very rewarding too.
Reviewer's Qualification
commercial cook
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
cooking
The good things
I now work as a cook for a child care in Osborne. I work from 9 till 2 pm., I have afternoons and weekends off which i love. I cook for about 80 kids daily with fresh ingredients. We start the day wi...
The challenges
making sure i cater for every ones diets and needs, making sure theirs enough for everyone. Ordering enough for the weeks meals ahead.
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Working hours for Cooks

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Cooks?

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National increase over next 5 years *
10%
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