A Chef is a professional cook, trained in all aspects of food preparation. They generally work in commercial kitchens; these can take on a wide variety of forms, from fine dining restaurants, to cafés, to food trucks. Many Chefs focus on a specific cuisine, while others choose to specialise in certain aspects of cooking, like baking or pastry making.
There are no required qualifications to become a Chef, but it’s common for Chefs to complete an apprenticeship and gain a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.
Decide what type of restaurant you want to work in and what cuisine you’d like to cook.
Apply for an apprenticeship with a TAFE or private college.
- Team Player
- Commercial Cookery
- Food Handling
- First Aid
- Food Safety
- Culinary Expertise
- Fast-Paced Decision Making
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