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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.

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.

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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The most common salary for a Kitchenhand is between $45k and $55k
Source: SEEK job ads

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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How do Kitchenhands rate their role?

Latest reviews from 9 Kitchenhands surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
3.0
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.1
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.7

Latest reviews

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Oct 2018
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...
Oct 2018
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.
Oct 2018
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.
Oct 2018
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.
Oct 2018
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!
Oct 2018
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
Oct 2018
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
Oct 2018
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...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Kitchenhand
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Some staff are very nice
The challenges
Trying to keep up with everything
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

Working hours for Kitchenhands

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 9 Kitchenhands

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