Job Description

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.

Careers Ladder


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.


  • 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