How to become a professional chef
At Le Cordon Bleu Australia, you can study to become a professional chef in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. Enter a thriving hospitality industry with a predicted 16,800 skilled Australian jobs* for trained chefs to fill by 2023.
What is a chef?
A chef (as opposed to a ‘cook’) is a trained culinary professional with an industry recognised qualification. Having mastered a range of cuisine styles, cooking techniques, food preparation, and menu development, a chef may work in restaurants, cafés, resorts, hotels, or event catering. It is vital that chefs stay in touch with food trends, experiment with recipes, and evolve their repertoire to create exciting new customer experiences.
What training do I need?
To become a chef, you need a professional qualification from a registered training organisation (RTO) such as Le Cordon Bleu to qualify for Australian requirements. Le Cordon Bleu qualifications are internationally recognised, which means you can work anywhere in the world.
At Le Cordon Bleu Australia, you can train with award-winning Chef Lecturers in our Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney Institutes. Choose from a range of culinary arts programmes: SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management, or our prestigious Grand Diplôme (SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery & SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie).
Why study culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu?
Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts programmes are unique and integrate classical French culinary techniques with contemporary knowledge. You’ll develop an understanding of modern cuisine and master the practical skills essential to a professional chef.
Our Industry Engagement team supports students through a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme to develop professional skills in a hospitality establishment. Students benefit from Le Cordon Bleu’s extensive connections within the culinary arts and hospitality industry, with opportunities to meet potential employers from local and international organisations.
What does it take to be a chef?
A successful chef needs to be passionate about the culinary industry, enjoys creating new dining experiences and possesses creative flair. A strong work ethic and physical stamina are important qualities to cope with the fast pace and long hours.
Chefs collaborate with the entire kitchen team - from fellow chefs to kitchen porters, waiting staff and senior managers. If you aspire to become a head chef, you must demonstrate leadership early in your career.
What are the different chef roles?
A chef will work through the ranks in the following roles:
- Commis Chef - as a junior chef-in-training you’ll learn from all the other team members.
- Chef de Partie - is responsible for a specific dish (like appetizers) or a cooking method (such as grilling).
- Sous Chef - as ‘second in command’ this role is actively involved in running the kitchen, often filling in for the Head Chef.
- Head Chef – runs the kitchen, manages the team, works with suppliers, develops staff, and creates menus.
- Executive Chef – the most senior position oversees multiple outlets and is responsible for staff recruitment, menu costings and kitchen expenditure.
Is chef a good career choice?
A chef can enjoy a world of opportunity such as travelling the world for your career, or flexible working hours to accommodate family or study commitments. This career can lead to become a food writer, business owner, restaurateur, culinary competition judge, entrepreneur, artisan food developer, celebrity chef, or media personality.
Are chef jobs in demand in Australia?
The tourism, travel and hospitality sector is thriving in Australia, with the Department of Jobs and Small Business predicting that an additional 16,800 trained chefs will be required by 2023.*
Can I travel the world as a chef?
If you want to travel the world in your career, there are excellent prospects overseas for trained chefs with an internationally recognised Le Cordon Bleu qualification.
Why study in Australia?
Australia is one of the best places to live and work in the world. Over half a million international students come to Australia every year, often choosing study programmes that provide a pathway to permanent residency**. Permanent residency in Australia is possible if you study to become a qualified chef - a Le Cordon Bleu qualification may improve opportunities for those seeking a skilled working visa***.
* 2019 Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Skills Forecast – Job Outlook, various ANZSCO, p5, https://www.skillsiq.com.au