Cooks prepare and cook food.
You can work as a cook without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a cook through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Kitchen Operations or Commercial Cookery. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Cooks may perform the following tasks:
Cooks may be required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays, sometimes on a 24-hour rotating roster. The work may be stressful, especially at peak hours of the day.
Cooks are employed by hotels, motels, restaurants, function centres, catering companies, clubs, cafÃ©s, cafeterias, hospitals, flight catering centres, seagoing vessels, food processing factories and large boarding schools. Movement between employers may be required in order to gain experience and promotion.With experience and further training, qualified cooks may be promoted to supervisory positions.