Plans and organises the preparation and cooking of food in a dining or catering establishment.
Training time 6 months - 3 years
Average pay $43,157
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 25,500

How do I become a Chef in Victoria?

To work as a Chef in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (or equivalent)
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant pre-apprenticeship: Certificate II in Hospitality or Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

What does a Chef do?

  • Planning menus, estimating food and labour costs, and ordering food supplies
  • Monitoring the quality of dishes at all stages of preparation and presentation
  • Discussing food preparation issues with Managers, Dietitians, and kitchen and wait staff
  • Demonstrating techniques and advising on cooking procedures
  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Explaining and enforcing hygiene regulations
  • Selecting and training kitchen staff


  • Chef de Partie
  • Commis Chef
  • Demi Chef
  • Second Chef
  • Sous Chef

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Certificate IV in Patisserie
Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
Apply and Monitor Food Safety Requirements
Participate in Safe Food Handling Practices