How to become a Kitchen Hand

Kitchen hands assist cooks and chefs in preparing and storing food, washing dishes and kitchen utensils, and cleaning work areas.

Personal requirements of a Kitchen Hand

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work quickly and safely with minimal supervision
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Free from skin allergies to foods and detergents
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Kitchen Hand

You can work as a kitchen hand without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a kitchen hand through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information
This job provides the opportunity to learn about other kitchen work and can serve as an introduction to the catering and hospitality industries.
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