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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.

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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

This qualification prepares you for entry level roles in the hospitality industry.
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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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How do Kitchenhands rate their role?

Latest reviews from 10 Kitchenhands surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
3.5
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
3.9

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Feb 2020
Kitchen hand is a tough job but if you like it can be very easy if you interested in
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate lll in Commercial Cookery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Catering assistant
The good things
It’s not easy to make food nutritional standards balance, and you will be rewarded if you have experience.
The challenges
When you start as a kitchen hand in this industry, you will get more Experience, knowledge, skills and values to share with. For my self I want to be in a higher level in kitchen Operation as an Exec...
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Oct 2018
Kitchen hand is a temporary job but had potential for those who are passionate.
Reviewer's Qualification
Western Australian Certificate of Education
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Student
The good things
It is a good night or weekend job for because it is 1 shift and it’s over. It is good for people passionate about food because there is diversity in responsibilities. It is good for anyone who like or...
The challenges
Customers are a challenge. Too much responsibility can be challenging. A long shift on your feet can be challenging. Unpredictable environments can cause accidents and be challenging.
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Oct 2018
Kitchen hand is to ways to give tuition fee for overseas students.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Accounting
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Accountant
The good things
As a beginner in Australia, kitchen hand is most desirable to earn more money and cope up with food industry.
The challenges
Never be lazy on this job
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Oct 2018
Catering is a very fast paste job in kitchens
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Catering
The good things
The satisfaction of knowing the residents are well catered for
The challenges
Everything is based on time management.. and getting into a fast roytine
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Oct 2018
Being a Kitchen hand can be a rewarding experience!
Reviewer's Qualification
HCS
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Hospitality
The good things
Being a kitchen allows you to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy being at work!
The challenges
Sometime it involves task that aren’t desirable but it you push through and make the most of it!
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Oct 2018
Working in hospitality can be difficult but its one of the best of career to have
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hospitality
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
I love my job i work in a Chinese restaurant its awsome i learn how to talk to customers and learn how count money and work i n the a.fast pace
The challenges
Dealing with customers always stay calm
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Oct 2018
Kitchen hand
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Process Manufacturing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
The Good Things Many people say there isn't much to tell about working in a kitchen but the truth is there is tons to say and experience. Being a kitchen hand is a starter job yes but it lays the fou...
The challenges
Being able to multi-task is a must as being a Kitchen hand is a fast paced job and you will need to be able to keep up from basic cooking and cleaning food prep and much more you need to be able to ke...
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Oct 2018
Kitchen hand is just the beginning of a cooking career.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
You get to work in a fast pace environment that is challenging. And if you have a love for food and/or cooking food you can enjoy the job even better. It's a great way of learn time management as wel...
The challenges
You are on your feet for 3 to 4 hrs without a break (in a small business) sometimes more depending on your rostered hours. If you aren't good at communicating it can be callenenging (but dont let that...
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Oct 2018
Turn your passion into a profession.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Variety of tasks. Pace of environment. Opportunity of advancement.
The challenges
Hours of work. Washing dishes. Health and hygiene practices of some kitchens.
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Oct 2018
Hospitality is much like retail.
Reviewer's Qualification
Western Australian Certificate of Education
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
There is always something to be done and keep you busy. Each day is never the same as the last. You get to work as part of a team.
The challenges
Dealing with angry/aggressive customers in a polite manner. Sometimes keeping up with customer demand. Not having an organised manager to order in the correct amount of stock.
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Working hours for Kitchenhands

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

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
9.9%
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