"Being a chef is great as you have to cater for many palettes and the work is very varied. And if you do it well everyone loves you"
If you have a passion for cooking and would love to work in the fast-paced environment of a commercial kitchen then becoming a Chef could be for you. Depending on which path you take, working as a Chef could see you planning menus and creating recipes to training staff and managing budgets.
There are several available career options available in this industry. An entry-level position as a Commis Chef will see you learning the ropes in a kitchen. You could then progress your career and take on a speciality such as becoming a Pastry Chef, a Pizza Chef or even a Breakfast Chef. If it’s a leadership role you’re after, you could become a Head or Executive Chef, managing your own kitchen and staff. There are no required qualifications to work in these roles but it’s common to undertake an apprenticeship and gain a vocational qualification.
With our appetite for dining out not waning, there’s a 16.7 per cent job growth trajectory forecasted for the next five years for those wanting to work in this field.
Undertaking a career in the food industry as a chef is generally suited to those who have an interest in food and cooking. Being creative, having good time management skills and the ability to work well in a team and remain focused are all valuable traits to have in this profession.