Becoming a Chef
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Becoming a Chef

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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