How to become a Chef

Chefs plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in a number of settings.

Personal requirements of a Chef

  • High level of personal cleanliness
  • Enjoy cooking
  • Able to organise efficient work schedules
  • Good interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Able to work as a leader and as part of a team
  • Punctuality
  • Able to work under pressure and stay calm in difficult situations

Education & Training for a Chef

To become a chef you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers usually require Year 10.

Additional Information
Although both chefs and cooks complete an apprenticeship at certificate III level initially, chefs are generally required to gain further skills at certificate IV level and above.
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