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Kitchenhand

An entry-level position in a commercial kitchen providing assistance to kitchen and service staff.

What's it like to be a Kitchenhand?

Kitchen Hands perform tasks such as washing dishes and utensils, cleaning, and restocking in commercial kitchens. They may also assist Chefs, Line Cooks and service staff with food preparation and storage.

Kitchenhand

Tasks and duties

  • Cleaning and maintaining cooking utensils, dishes, cutlery and other equipment.
  • Assisting with food preparation or assembly and food storage as required.
  • Perform general cleaning to maintain a safe and hygienic work environment.
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The position of Kitchen Hand is generally an entry-level role and provides an opportunity to learn how a commercial kitchen operates.

What can I earn as a Kitchenhand?

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How to become a Kitchenhand


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There are no formal qualifications required to work as a Kitchen Hand, as training is often provided on-the-job. A vocational qualification in kitchen operations may be advantageous and will provide a foundation in safe kitchen practices.

  1. Consider completing a Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20316) or Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20416) to gain foundational skills and knowledge in safe food and kitchen practices.
  2. Gain work experience in a Kitchen Hand role.
  3. Seek out opportunities to gain new skills and learn about other hospitality roles. Kitchen Hands may work their way up into different positions. You may decide to supplement your experience with some formal training, such as a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816).

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Certificate II in Hospitality

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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 II in Kitchen Operations

This qualification builds your food preparation and cookery skills to prepare for roles in kitchens.

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Latest Kitchenhand reviews

Latest reviews from 85 Kitchenhands surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Kitchenhandvis a tough job but it's rewarding when you can do it and remember everyone's names and preferences. Makes you feel proud
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
I loved working and helping the elderly with tea coffee breakfast morning tea and lunch and knowing exactly what they liked and how they wanted it. Very rewarding helping the residents. Some with de...
The challenges
The challenges are trying to do everything in the time frame from breakfast to morning tea to lunch to arvo tea. There's not much time and you're onto the next. Equipment when it breaks down so makes...
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May 2021
Kitchenhand work can be tough and sometimes the shift work knocks you around but thats just how it is occasionally
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Essence kitchen
The good things
Always busy quite repetive and keeps you fit
The challenges
Sometimes managing your day can be challenging
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