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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Cooks prepare and cook food.

The range of duties carried out by cooks varies depending on where they work. In hotels, clubs, restaurants and takeaway food outlets, cooks often specialise in preparing and cooking a particular type of food (fried chicken, pizza or barbecued meat, for example).

They may also specialise in national cuisine (such as Thai, Vietnamese, French or Italian). Other specialisations include entrees, desserts, international and bakery cooking.

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 may perform the following tasks:

  • check food to ensure its quality
  • regulate temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • prepare food for cooking
  • cook food by a range of methods (baking, braising, frying, roasting or steaming, for example)
  • divide food into portions and ensure the food is well presented
  • clean food preparation areas and equipment
  • store food in temperature-controlled facilities
  • receive and store supplies
  • ensure the kitchen is hygienic and functional
  • plan menus and estimate food requirements
  • prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • train and supervise other staff


  • enjoy cooking
  • a high level of personal hygiene
  • able to manage time and work under pressure
  • good communication skills
  • punctuality
  • able to stay calm in difficult situations
  • able to work well in a team

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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

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.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Cooks are employed by hotels, motels, restaurants, function centres, catering companies, clubs, cafes, cafeterias, hospitals, flight catering centres, seagoing vessels, food processing factories and large boarding schools. Movement between employers within the industry may be required in order to gain experience and promotion.

With experience and further training, qualified cooks may be promoted to supervisory positions.

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