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How to become a Chef in Australia?

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Do you love to cook and every time you go to a restaurant, you can think of a different presentation of each dish that the chef plated? You also love to cook for your friends and throw parties all the time just so they can try your new cookings? Not only that, you are excited every time you watch the Master Chef show? If yes, then you are most likely suitable to become a chef. You must have a lot of questions such as what are the skills and what is the education pathway to become a chef in Australia?

So, in this article, we will read more on the necessary skills to become a chef, the education pathway and top recommended institutions to study the Commercial Cookery course Australia. 

Let’s start cooking!

Do you know that chef is a skilled occupation and it can lead you to get more points to obtain a Permanent Resident in Australia? 

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Skills to become a Chef

1. Passion for cooking

You have a very strong passion and desire when it comes to cooking. A chef will be very busy especially during holidays and public holidays. When everyone is out and having a good time celebrating, you will be in the kitchen making sure that every food is delivered on time without jeopardizing the taste.

2. Love Learning

You need to constantly sharpen your skills and crafts to ensure food presentation is up-to-date and in accordance with the taste of consumers. This is because the food industry keeps on changing therefore, a chef must keep up with the trend and techniques.

3. Stamina and Strength

Working in the kitchen for long hours requires both stamina and strength. You will spend many hours standing in the kitchen, lifting heavy boxes of raw materials such as onions, pumpkins, and potatoes while battling the heat of the kitchen. Besides, you must be fast to ensure the patrons get their orders on time.

4. Attention to Details

Every dish has its exact amount of ingredients and must be followed to ensure the taste is precise and the same with the recipe. Therefore, a chef must be detail-oriented to make sure the consistency of every dish is guaranteed.

5. Business Minded

A chef is not only dealing with food but also with costing and profit. You need to know budgeting, expenditures and profit margin of each dish to gain profit. Not only that, you need to know how to market your food in this competitive industry.

French Brigade System

In the culinary world, every chef plays a different role and follows a kitchen hierarchy to become an executive chef. This hierarchy is called the French Brigade System or ‘Brigade de cuisine’ in French.

Career Opportunities When you study Commercial Cookery

  • Restaurant Manager
  • Food Service Manager
  • Commis Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Food Marketing Advisor
  • Catering Manager
  • Banquet Manager

Education Pathway to become a Chef in Australia

The illustration below will explain how to pursue a Commercial Cookery course before you start climbing up the French Brigade System in Australia.

General Entry Requirements to Study Commercial Cookery in Australia

English Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Academic Requirements for Certificate III

SPM/ O-Level or equivalent

Academic Requirements for Certificate IV

STPM/ A-Level or equivalent

Do note that requirements vary according to colleges and if you have inquiries on other requirements than stated above, please contact us 😃

Top Recommended Institutions to Study Commercial Cookery in Australia

Le Cordon Bleu Australia

“For thirty years, Le Cordon Bleu in Australia has delivered internationally-recognized culinary arts and hospitality management programs to domestic and international students.”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Intake

January & July

Duration

1 year

6 months

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 37,609

AUD $ 12,428

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

Australian Professional Skills Institute

“We train our students to exceed the expectations of food lovers and to deliver the perfect result”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

January, April, July & October

Duration

1 year 

1.5 year

26 weeks

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 11,000

AUD $ 16,500

AUD $ 5,500

This college is partnering up with Edith Cowan University. Upon graduation, you can even continue your study to a bachelor degree in the prestigious university.

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

Academies Australasia, NSW/ Victoria/ Queensland/ Western Australia

“Our colleges have built their reputations on producing exceptional graduates”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

January & November

January & November

January & November

Duration

1 year

6 months

1.5 years

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 12,320

AUD $ 6,160

AUD $ 12,000

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

Victoria University Polytechnic

“At Victoria University Polytechnic, we understand that to be successful you need a balance of relevant skills and real-world experience. You will learn from expert teachers with the latest industry knowledge and then put theory into practice in our modern facilities right on campus.”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

February & July 

Duration

1 year 

1.5 years

1 year 

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 12,800

AUD $ 12,600

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

Evolution Hospitality Institute

“Graduates will have the ability to work in a range of kitchens in the industry with confidence and a level of professionalism that will lead to a fruitful career”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

January, April, July & October

Duration

1 year 3 months

9 months

1 year

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 17,000

AUD $ 7,200

AUD $ 2,400

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

Holmes Institute

“Moving from the practical to the theoretical and further to management issues, graduates will have a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of Commercial Cookery

Program

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

February, March, April, June, July, August, October & November

Duration

55 weeks

48 weeks

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 16,200

AUD $ 12,500

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

William Angliss Institute

“You’ll enjoy plenty of one-on-one time with our trainers, allowing you to fully develop your technique and skills”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

February, April, July & October

February, April, July & September

February & July

Duration

1 year

1.5 years

1 year

Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 18,600

AUD $ 27,900

AUD $ 16,400

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

TAFE South Australia (SA)

“You would use discretion and judgement and have a sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food and menu items.”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

January & July

Duration

1 year

6 months

2.5 years

Annual Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 15,000

AUD $ 10,300

AUD $ 5,150

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

TAFE International Western Australia (WA)

“Your skills will be enhanced at the planning, preparing and cooking stages of food to ensure that all dietary requirements can be accommodated.”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

February & July

Duration

1 year 

6 months

6 months

Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 16,040

AUD $ 8,020

AUD $  8,020

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

Box Hill Institute

“You’ll gain the skills and confidence to operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.”

Program

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Intake

February & July

January & July

Duration

1 year 

6 months

6 months

Indicative Fee 2020

AUD $ 16,325

AUD $ 9,555

AUD $ 8,947

If you have inquiries on any of the programs above and how to apply, contact us now 😃

All the institutions listed above will provide certain hours of workplace training during the course either in restaurants or hotels, depending on the arrangements of the institution. This is to introduce and allow you to gain a better insight into the kitchen world and boost your resume.

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10 Best Universities in Sydney 2019 | (2019/2020 Fees)

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Finding the right university in Sydney is not that difficult, it very much depends on your study plan and what do you want to achieve in the future. Aside from the financial capabilities, taking consideration of the ranking of a university is a smart move to decide which university to choose from. 

The general rule of thumb is, the higher the ranking of a university, the higher tuition fee you have to pay, along with more research elements in your syllabus to maintain the high standard of education compare to university with a lower ranking.

Why many international students choose to study in Sydney

Sydney is the biggest city in Australia with a population of more than 4.5 millions of people. It is the capital city of New South Wales location in the south-west coast of Australia. Apart from being the financial hub of the country, food culture and corporate lifestyle are highly rated as one of the top in the world. In short, here are the top reason why you should study in Sydney,

Low employment rate 😀

It is much easier to get a job in Sydney compared to other regions in Australia according to the unemployment rate published recently from Labour Market Information Portal.

Unemployment Rate (15+) by State and Territory, Australia 2019 (%)

(Source: http://lmip.gov.au/default.aspx?LMIP/LFR_SAFOUR/LFR_UnemploymentRate)

A degree from Sydney will be valuable anywhere you go. The only problem of studying in Sydney is the sky-high cost of living, on average, the international student needs about AUD2500 - AUD4000 to live through in a month. 

Spending Category Average Monthly Expenses
Rental for 1 bedroom in a shared unit ($350pw)

AUD 1,400

Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) ($300pw)

AUD 1,200

Transport (Train and Bus)

AUD 200

Utility Bill (Electricity, Phone Bill and etc)

AUD 200

Social (Coffee, Beer and Party)

AUD 800

Total AUD3,800

Top 10 best universities and institutions in Sydney

There are certain universities and institutions in Sydney that are not too bad and is more welcoming to international students with affordable fee. Below here I have selected the 10 best universities and institutions you can consider studying in Australia.

1) The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is known for the best school in Engineering in Sydney. 

They offer the most comprehensive array of engineering degrees including Surveying, Petroleum Engineering, Food Science, Civil Engineering, Chemical Product Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Environmental Engineering. 

  • Recommended courses at the UNSW: Engineering
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: 30min by bus
  • UNSW is placed as 43 with the QS World University Ranking in 2019.
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Foundation Studies - UNSW Global Mar, Aug & Nov 9 months AUD 32,850
Diploma in Science - UNSW Global Jan, May & Aug 12 months AUD 38,379
Diploma in Engineering Jan, May & Aug 12 months AUD 41,997
Bachelor of Commerce Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 41,280
Bachelor of Information Systems (IT) Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 41,280
Bachelor of Arts/Law Feb 5 years AUD 37,920
Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) Feb & Jul 4 years AUD 46,230
Doctor of Medicine Feb 6 years AUD 73,440

2) University of Sydney (USYD)

University of Sydney (USYD) is Australia’s first university and best known for providing Modern Languages, Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering and English Language & Literature programs in Sydney. 
  • Recommended courses at the University of Sydney: Veterinary and International Business
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: 10min by bus
  • USYD is placed as 42 with the QS World University Ranking in 2019.

Program

Intake

Duration

Indicated annual fee (2020)

Bachelor of Commerce

Feb & Jul

3 years

AUD 42,000

Bachelor of Advanced Computing (IT)

Feb & Jul

4 years

AUD 46,500

Bachelor of Arts/Law

Feb & Jul

5 years

AUD 42,000

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

Feb & Jul

4 years

AUD 46,500

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Feb

6 years

AUD 49,5000 – AUD 64,000

3) University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Study nursing in UTS
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is best-known for nursing, accounting and engineering programs in Sydney. They offer the most comprehensive array of business degrees including Entrepreneurship, MBA, Accounting, Finance and Property economies. 
  • Recommended courses at University of Technology Sydney: Accounting and Nursing
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: UTS is located in the city
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is placed as 140 with the QS World University Ranking in 2019.
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Foundation Studies - UTS:INSEARCH Mar, Jun & Oct 8 months AUD 25,250
Diploma of Business - UTS:INSEARCH Mar, Jun & Oct 12 months AUD 31,000
Diploma of Engineering Mar, Jun & Oct 12 months AUD 31,000
Bachelor of Commerce Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 38,060
Bachelor of Information Technology (IT) Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 42,700
Bachelor of Laws Feb & Jul 4 years AUD 44,470
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) Feb & Jul 4 years AUD 44,470
Bachelor of Design in Architecture Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 38,720

4) Macquarie University

Macquarie University is best known for Actuarial Science and Physiology in Sydney. Actuarial Science could be a good option for students who enjoy solving high-level mathematics question and develop strong quantitative skills

  • Recommended courses at Macquarie University: Actuarial Science and Physiology
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: 1 hour and 20 min by train
  • Macquarie University is placed as 237 with the QS World University Ranking in 2019.
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Foundation Studies Feb, July & Oct 1 year AUD 25,500
Diploma of Accounting, Commerce and Business Administration Feb, Apr, July & Oct 9 months AUD 30,282
Diploma of Engineering Feb, Apr, July & Oct 9 months AUD 30,282
Bachelor of Commerce Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 36,450
Bachelor of Actuarial Science Feb 3 years AUD 36,450
Bachelor of Information Technology Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 37,500
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Feb & Jul 4 years AUD 37,500
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science Feb 3 years AUD 39,900

5) Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is employability focused with a renowned reputation for teaching and research. The university is ranked within the top 100 young universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Recommended courses at Western Sydney University: MBA, Agriculture and Horticulture 
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: 40min by train
  • Western Sydney University is placed as 468 with the QS World University Ranking in 2019.
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Foundation Studies Feb, July & Oct 1 year AUD 21,000
Diploma of Business Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 25,725
Diploma of Science Feb 3 years AUD 36,450
Bachelor of Commerce Mar & Jul 3 years AUD 26,760
Bachelor of Information Technology Mar & Jul 3 years AUD 29,360
Bachelor of Engineering Mar & Jul 4 years AUD 31,400
Bachelor of Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Mar & Jul 3 years AUD 29,040
Master of Business Administration Mar & Jul 2 years AUD 30,200

6) Kaplan Business School

Kaplan Business School is a global recognised provider of higher education degrees in Australia that offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, accounting, marketing, management, tourism, entrepreneurship, health services, digital management, analytics, project management and leadership.

  • Recommended courses at Kaplan Business School: MBA, Accounting and Business Programs 
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: The institution is located in the Sydney CBD
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Diploma of Business Feb, Jul & Nov 1 year AUD 17,200
Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Feb, Jul & Nov 3 years AUD 17,200
Master of Business Administration Feb, Jul & Nov 2 years AUD 21,750

7) Top Education Institution

Top Education Institute is a private higher education since 2009. Initially specialising in Business and Accounting, offering Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees that recognised by major accounting bodies in Australia: CPAA, CAANZ, IPA and ACCA. Top Education is co-owned by one of the big 4 accounting firms in the country, therefore student hoping to strike for an internship opportunity with one of the big 4 accounting firms are encouraged to apply. 

Top Education Institute begins offering Bachelor of Laws in 2015. The first non-university private provider to be fully accredited for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB).
  • Recommended courses at Top Education Institution: Accounting 
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: The institution is located in the Sydney CBD
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Foundation Studies Feb, May & Sep 8 months AUD 22,000
Diploma of Business Management Feb, May & Sep 8-12 Months AUD 26,400
Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Feb, May & Sep 2.75 years AUD 26,766
Bachelor of Hospitality Management Feb, May & Sep 3 years AUD 28,966
Master of International Business  Feb, Jul, Sep 2 years AUD 20,100

8) International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)

The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is an award-winning* higher education institution with campuses in Manly and Sydney’s business district. Founded in 1996, ICMS offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are regulated and recognised in the same manner as all public universities in Australia.
  • Recommended courses at International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS): Hospitality Management and International Business
  • Distance to Sydney CBD: 40min by ferry 
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Diploma of Business Mar, Aug & Nov 1 year AUD 21,000
Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Mar, Aug & Nov 3 years AUD 21,000
Bachelor of Laws Jul & Nov 4 years AUD 20,000
Master of Business Administration Mar, Aug & Nov 2 years AUD 23,000

9) Sydney Institute (TAFE NSW)

In Australia, If you’re looking for vocational education and training (VET) courses in Australia, TAFE (technical and further education) institutions offer a range of Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. 

TAFE NSW is the largest training and education provider in Australia. All TAFE NSW Institutes were united as one ‘TAFE NSW’ in an ongoing process starting in 2017. Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW is located in one of Sydney’s strongest education, cultural and entertainment precincts, right in the very heart of the city. The campus is surrounded by Central Station, UTS, the ABC, Sydney University and Chinatown. 
Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
Certificate III in Agriculture Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 11,030
Certificate IV in Agriculture Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 11,820
Diploma of Agriculture Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 14,030
Certificate III in Captive Animals Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 8,930
Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 16,340
Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 14,680
Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 16,460
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 21,360
Certificate IV in Business Feb & Jul 0.5 year AUD 6,210
Diploma of Business  Feb & Jul 0.5 year AUD 7,220
Bachelor of Business Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 15,040
Certificate IV in Design (Interior Design Foundation) Feb & Jul 0.5 year AUD 9,270
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration Feb & Jul 1 year AUD 17,140
Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) Feb & Jul 3 years AUD 30,000

10) Academies Australasia

Established in 1908, Academies Australasia has been operating for 111 years. There are 18 colleges in the group, each with its own licence to operate as an education institution. Some operate in more than one location.Academies Australasia Polytechnic (‘AAPoly’) offers the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Business (Leadership and Management). It also offers Vocational courses in Melbourne.

 

Over the years, Academies Australasia colleges have taught more than 100,000 students from 130 countries. The majority of the faculty and staff were born overseas. This background and sensitivity to cultural differences, needs and expectations, means that they are very well placed to understand and assist students from overseas. They know the issues and how best to address them.

Program Intake Duration Indicated annual fee (2019)
General English Every week 10 - 40 weeks AUD350/week
Certificate III in Business Jan, Apr, Jun & Sep 3 months AUD 2,000
Certificate IV in Business Jan, Apr, Jun & Sep 6 months AUD 4,000
Diploma of Leadership and Management Jan, Apr, Jun & Sep 1 year AUD 8,000
Bachelor of Business Jan, Apr, Jun & Sep 3 years AUD 15,000 per year

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