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Pizza Chef

Pizza Chef

Turn your passion for pizza into a career.

What's it like to be a Pizza Chef?

Pizza Chefs are professional cooks, trained in all aspects of food preparation, but specialising in making pizza. They traditionally work in pizzerias. Pizza Chefs have to be knowledgeable about ingredients and cooking techniques.

Tasks and duties

  • Make pizza dough from scratch, then arrange raw dough into its corresponding sizes and respective dough trays.
  • Operate wood fire, gas and electric pizza ovens.
  • Design a menu and source and order the required produce and ingredients.

What can I earn as a Pizza Chef?

The most common salary  for a Pizza Chef is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Pizza Chef

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There are no required qualifications to become a pizza Chef, but it’s common for people to complete an apprenticeship and gain a general vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816).
  1. Complete a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816)as part of an apprenticeship as a Pizza Chef.
  2. During your apprenticeship, absorb all the knowledge you can. Due to specialised nature of being a Pizza Chef, most valuable experience will be obtained on the job.

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Duration 18 wks - 3 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Team work
  • Presentation skills
  • Self motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Autonomy

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Integrity
  • Thoroughness
  • Baking
  • Responsible service of alcohol licence
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How do Pizza Chefs rate their role?

Latest reviews from 12 Pizza Chefs surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Hotel Management
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Making pizza
The good things
Its a skill job.so once we get to know about the job we can easily are capable for this kind of work.
The challenges
Need to struggle with the portioning of ingredients.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
QCE
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
the job is fairly easy but fast paced and can be challenging when it’s busy but it’s a good challenge - easy to master and exciting
The challenges
customers can always be the best or worst part of your day, dealing with rude people or messing up orders can often be tough
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Pizza chefs, also known as pizza cooks or pizza makers, prepare pizzas and other food items typically served at pizza restaurants. Unlike chefs in upscale restaurants, pizza chefs do not usually recei...
The challenges
Pizza chefs usually start the day by preparing ingredients for pizza. They ready the pizza dough, grate cheese, slice and chop pizza toppings such as vegetables and meats. Some also make fresh tomato ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Record of School Achievement (Year 10)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Pizza maker
The good things
Pizza making as a courier is extremely fun. You are always on you're feet , learning new types of pizza and create many types. If you are one for being creative and you love hospitality and food then ...
The challenges
There are many challenges in being a pizza maker, although they are challenges that are exciting and anyone can handle them. You may find that customers ask for different toppings and styles of pizza ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate II in Hospitality
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Cook
The good things
Working in a pizza shop/restaurant can be very fun and rewarding. Every day is different and you'll meet different people all the time.
The challenges
Becoming familiar with the different pizzas and being able to make them fast enough to keep up with orders.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Queensland Certificate of Education
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
I started my job as a weekend casual, and was instantly thrust into working five doubles in a row, due to other stewards being on holiday or quitting. Apparently my dedication to the role, as well as ...
The challenges
As a head steward, there was a lot of pressure to complete paperwork, then work through a literal mountain of dishes and posts from the prep chefs before the evening service began. Working with the...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Idk
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
All rounder
The good things
Talking to customers helping you with money learning all about things you haven’t done before
The challenges
Learning different parts of the menu you but easy to learn
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hospitality
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
It’s fun making pizza as it’s your work of art how it looks and how it’s taste it’s your work that makes the customers happy
The challenges
I have beautiful work staff I think have good people around you makes work a lot more fun and makes your shift go a lot quicker
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Secondary School Certificate
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
consistency and quality for the best product, proud of customers eating and enjoying the food
The challenges
climate and fermantation for a good dough and ovens control
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of professional accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Production
The good things
It’s a teamwork Easy to learn All production based on machines Packing experience etc
The challenges
Arrange the line production
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What are the job opportunities for Pizza Chefs?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Pizza Chef jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
16.7%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Chefs
Latest Pizza Chef jobs on SEEK
Red Sparrow Pizza
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Red Sparrow Pizza are looking for a new pizza chef.
TCC and Black Betty
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
This venue has all the bells and whistles and one of the best wood fired pizza ovens in town! Join this established group.
Boston Brewing Co. & Willoughby Park
Albany & Great Southern
Located in Denmark, Western Australia (4.5 hours south of Perth. We are seeking an experienced Pizza Chef to join our kitchen team.
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Black rose cafe
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
looking for a gun bartender/barista waitperson to join our growing family.
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