Job Description

Chefs prepare, season and professionally cook a variety of foods. They work in many different settings including; fine dining restaurants, commercial kitchen’s, cafés and food trucks. There are many different types of chefs, each with a specific station and responsibilities for example pastry and sous chefs.

Careers Ladder


At a minimum to become a chef you will need to complete a certificate and gain work experience in a kitchen.

Apply for an apprenticeship with a TAFE or private college. Certifications include;

  • Chef – Certificate III, IV 
  • Diploma in Commercial Cookery

Once you have gained your qualification, you may like to specialise. Some courses to consider are;

  • Pastry chef – Certificate III, IV or Diploma in Patisserie
  • Baker – Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)


  • Artistic
  • Capable
  • Communicator
  • Competent
  • Dedicated
  • Energetic
  • Firm
  • Motivated
  • Organised
  • Passionate
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Commercial Cookery
  • Food Handling
  • First Aid
  • Food Safety
  • Cleanliness
  • Culinary Expertise
  • Fast-Paced Decision Making

Future Prospects

Many experienced Chefs branch out into owning their own restaurants or cafés. Owning and running your own business can be complicated and demanding, so it’s a good idea to supplement your cooking skills with some business training.

Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as:

  • Head Chef
  • Serving Supervisors
  • Business Owner
  • Events Catering