WHAT CAN I DO?

Chef

There are almost endless opportunities for chefs in hospitality industry businesses that vary widely from restaurants and cafes to flight-catering centres and ships. Their roles may be varied as well, often including managerial responsibilities in addition to their traditional cookery trade tasks.

What would I do?

A chef in charge of the kitchen has many responsibilities that in addition to the planning, purchase, preparation and cooking of foods, include:

  • management and/or supervision of staff, including recruitment, training, rosters and planning
  • oversight of maintenance and presentation of all equipment and service areas of kitchen areas and facilities in line with hospitality industry regulations for the storage and preparation of food, and occupational health and safety
  • complaints resolution
  • maintaining financial records

What training do I need?

Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) is the standard qualification required to become a qualified chef.

What personal attributes do I need?

The personal attributes you need to be a chef focus on interpersonal and customer service skills and your reliability. These include:

  • A passion for food and cooking
  • A commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to work in a team
  • The ability to work accurately and respond quickly to requests
  • The ability to work quickly and safely under pressure in a sometimes hot, noisy, environment
  • A responsible attitude to industry health and safety regulations
  • The highest level of personal cleanliness and hygiene

Sound business skills are also required for many positions for chefs.

How much can I earn?

On average, chefs earn about $700 per week before tax. Highly skilled, experienced chefs earn considerably more than that.

How many hours can I expect to work in a week?

Chefs are usually required to work late nights, weekends and public holidays to fit in with industry hours of business. They rarely work a standard nine-to-five day week, and many would work more than 40 hours per week. It is important to have the flexibility to work shifts, sometimes on a 24-hour rotating roster..

What are my employment prospects?

There are excellent job opportunities for chefs. There is currently a shortage of qualified chefs in Australia, and skilled chefs, cooks and apprentices are in high demand..

How do I find a job as a chef?

Go to discoverhospitality.com.au/jobs, this is a website dedicated to helping you find employment in the hospitality industry. Or you could approach businesses in the areas you’d like to work in and ask to talk to them about employing you. Leave your CV, which should include your workplace achievements and experience and contact details. Make sure you follow up your initial approaches.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Cook

A cook’s working environment is often busy and challenging, it but offers plenty of opportunities for them to be creative in their traditional trade and gain valuable experience in the hospitality industry. They can work in many different types of businesses including hotels, motels, restaurants and cafes.

What would I do?

A cook’s responsibilities could include many or all of the following tasks:

  • menu planning and the storage, preparation and cooking of foods
  • maintenance and presentation of equipment and service areas of kitchen areas and facilities in line with hospitality industry regulations for the storage and preparation of food, and occupational health and safety
  • complaints resolution.

What training do I need?

Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) is the standard ‘trade’ qualification required to become a qualified cook.

What personal attributes do I need?

The personal attributes you need to be a cook focus on interpersonal and customer service skills. These include:

  • A passion for food and cooking
  • A commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to work in a team
  • The ability to work accurately and respond quickly to requests
  • The ability to work quickly and safely under pressure in a sometimes hot, noisy, environment
  • A responsible attitude to industry health and safety regulations
  • The highest level of personal cleanliness and hygiene

Sound business skills also may be required.

How much can I earn?

A cook generally earns around $600 a week full-time, before tax.

How many hours can I expect to work in a week?

Cooks are usually required to work late nights, weekends and public holidays to fit in with industry hours of business. Many would work very long hours and it is important to have the flexibility to work shifts.

What are my employment prospects cook?

There are excellent job opportunities for cooks. There is currently a shortage of qualified cooks in Australia, and skilled chefs, cooks and apprentices are in high demand.

How do I find a job as a cook?

Go to discoverhospitality.com.au/jobs, this is a website dedicated to helping you find employment in the hospitality industry. Or you could approach businesses in the areas you’d like to work in and ask to talk to them about employing you. Leave your CV, which should include your workplace achievements and experience and contact details. Make sure you follow up your initial approaches.

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WHAT CAN I DO?

Kitchen Hand

Working as a kitchen-hand is a good stepping stone to a career in the hospitality industry, presenting all sorts of opportunities to move into other types of jobs within the industry. For kitchen-hands, work is available in many different types of businesses including hotels, motels, restaurants and cafes.

What would I do?

A kitchen-hand’s main tasks are to ensure a ready supply of clean crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils, which includes washing up either by hand or using a dishwasher. You would also be required to assist in the initial preparation of foodstuffs and some meals, and the storage of foods. Other tasks include maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in all areas of the kitchen, for example benches and floors, and the disposal of waste and other rubbish. Other responsibilities may include organising laundering of linen.

What training do I need?

There are no formal training requirements to work as a kitchen-hand in the hospitality industry however a Certificate I in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) would help you develop the basic skills to work as a kitchen-hand.

What personal attributes do I need?

The personal attributes you need to work as a kitchen-hand include:

  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A high level of personal cleanliness and hygiene
  • A willingness to learn and to follow instructions
  • The ability to work quickly and safely under pressure in a sometimes hot, noisy, environment
  • A responsible attitude to industry health and safety regulations

How much can I earn?

Kitchen hands working full-time usually earn approximately $550 per week before tax, but generally, how much you earn would depend on how many hours you work each week.

How many hours can I expect to work in a week?

Many kitchen-hands are employed on a part-time or casual basis. Hours of work offered may be long and also involve split shifts, where employees are required to work, for example over the lunch period and then return to cover the dinner shift.

What are my employment prospects?

Employment prospects for kitchen-hands are good with employers always looking for reliable kitchen-hands.

How do I find a job as a Kitchen-Hand?

Go to discoverhospitality.com.au/jobs, this is a website dedicated to helping you find employment in the hospitality industry. Or you could approach businesses in the areas you’d like to work in and ask to talk to them about employing you. Leave your CV, which should include your workplace achievements and experience and contact details. Make sure you follow up your initial approaches.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Pastry Chef

A Pastry Cook or Patissier is a specialist pastry maker. They prepare, bake and decorate bread, pastries, cakes and rolls. Pastry Cooks are found in all sorts of establishments: restaurants, cafes, hotels, resorts and, department stores – some pastry chefs own or operate their own cake shop or bakery and offer catering for weddings. While the work of bakers and pastry chefs takes place mostly behind the scenes, in some workplaces, they also serve customers and are in charge of displaying their products.

What would I do?

A pastry cook’s responsibilities could include many or all of the following tasks:

  • Follow recipes and adapt the quantity of ingredients to match the amount of items to be baked
  • Measure and mix the ingredients
  • Knead, roll and shape the dough for baking
  • Set the oven temperature
  • Put items into a hot oven
  • Check the baking time and progress
  • Remove baked items from the oven and leave them to cool
  • Prepare items for sale
  • Inspect and clean the equipment
  • Use machines or manually shape or roll dough and pastry
  • Prepare customer orders and serve customers
  • Deliver goods
  • Run their own business

What training do I need?

Certificate III in Hospitality (Pattisserie) is the standard ‘trade’ qualification required to become a qualified pastry cook. A Certificate IV in Hospiality (Patisserie) is also available to develop skills to be a supervisor or team leader.

What personal attributes do I need?

The personal attributes you need to be a pastry cook focus on interpersonal and customer service skills and your reliability. These include:

  • A passion for food and cooking
  • A commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to work in a team
  • The ability to work accurately and respond quickly to requests
  • The ability to work quickly and safely under pressure in a sometimes hot, noisy, environment
  • A responsible attitude to industry health and safety regulations
  • The highest level of personal cleanliness and hygiene.

How much can I earn?

On average, pastry cooks earn from $500 to $600 per week before tax. Self-employed bakers and pastry chefs may earn more than this.

How many hours can I expect to work in a week?

Pastry cooks usually work in shifts and may work early mornings, evenings and weekends. They typically start work very late at night or early in the morning and are required to work on weekends and public holidays. They rarely work a standard nine-to-five day week, and many would work more than 40 hours per week. It is important to have the flexibility to work shifts, sometimes on a 24-hour rotating roster.

What are my employment prospects?

Job prospects for pastry cooks are good. With increasing numbers of retail patisserie outlets, and an increasing fashion for afternoon teas being offered as a special service by hotels, there are expected to be more jobs available for pastry cooks.

How do I find a job as a pastry cook?

Go to discoverhospitality.com.au/jobs, this is a website dedicated to helping you find employment as a pastry cook in the hospitality industry. Or you could approach businesses in the areas you’d like to work in and ask to talk to them about employing you. Leave your CV, which should include your workplace achievements and experience and contact details. Make sure you follow up your initial approaches.

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