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How do I become a Commercial Cook?

Do you have a passion for food? Does working in a fast paced, high energy environment sound like something you would enjoy? Taking on an apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery might be the perfect pathway for you! Becoming a qualified cook means you can apply your skills in a range of settings such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops.

What is a Commercial Cook?

Working as an apprentice in Commercial Cookery means that you will work under the supervision of the head Chef. In this role you would perform a range of specialist cooking roles such as planning and preparing food for buffets and preparing pâtés and terrines. 

Am I suited to becoming a Commercial Cookery apprentice?

Am I suited to becoming a Commercial Cookery apprentice?

Before beginning an apprenticeship or traineeship, it is important that you know what to expect. There are a few things to think about before committing to becoming a commercial cook, such as whether you could comfortably learn how to:

- Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
- Work effectively with others
- Use food preparation equipment
- Prepare appetisers and salads
- Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
- Prepare poultry dishes
- Prepare seafood dishes
- Prepare meat dishes
- Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements

How do I find a job as a Commercial Cook?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship or traineeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find a traineeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

Sabrina Rees is a former Commercial Cookery apprentice, and a competitor for WorldSkills Australia. Check out our interview with Sabrina below, to learn about her journey from being a student with a passion for food, to working in some of Sydney's most well known restaurants.

 
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What can I expect to be doing as a Commercial Cookery apprentice?

A Commercial Cookery apprenticeship will lead you to completing your Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816). This qualification includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the traineeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Work effectively with others
  • Use food preparation equipment
  • Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • Prepare appetisers and salads
  • Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
  • Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
  • Prepare poultry dishes
  • Prepare seafood dishes
  • Prepare meat dishes
  • Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • Produce cakes, pastries and breads
  • Work effectively as a cook
  • Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • Plan and cost basic menus
  • Produce desserts
  • Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • Participate in safe food handling practices
  • Coach others in job skills
  • Maintain the quality of perishable items
  • Participate in safe work practices
  • Produce and serve food for buffets
  • Produce pates and terrines
  • Prepare dishes using basic methods of Asian cookery
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

A Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is a nationally recognised qualification with the potential to open the door to many careers. In this role you would perform a range of specialist cooking roles such as planning and preparing food for buffets and preparing pâtés and terrines. You can work for small coffee shops and cafes, as well as large restaurants and even catering companies. The skills you learn as a Commercial Cookery apprentice can take you all over the globe!

- Catering Assistant
- Breakfast Cook
- Chef Apprentice
- Catering Supervisor
- Chef de Partie
- Sous Chef

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