Work in a commercial kitchen as a cook or kitchen hand

TAFE SA cookery qualifications offer a world of opportunities for cooks and kitchen hands. You can learn how to prepare a huge variety of dishes using meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables and fruit. Other topics include stocks, sauces and soups, appetisers, salads and baked goods. Our courses also cover menu development, catering to dietary requirements and food safety. Graduates can expect to work with people from all over the world and experience many types of culinary techniques.

Take the first step and get job ready for a career in cookery in the fast growing aged care sector

Understanding the need to create a strong aged care workforce in the future, Bidfood, Maxima, Southern Cross Care and TAFE SA have partnered to offer a program with scholarship opportunities for eligible applicants.  By taking part in this program you can: 

  • gain a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20146),
  • receive mentoring from a dedicated Maxima Consultant and a TAFE SA lecturer 
  • have your placement within an aged care facility organised for you; and
  • receive specialist training on Bidfood software.

Find out more about the program and scholarships
* Eligibility criteria applies. See course details to check if you meet the requirements for funding.

Video: Cookery

Take a look at the action in our busy commercial kitchens as aspiring cooks and chefs are put through their paces. TAFE SA offers industry-leading kitchen facilities and equipment, and practical hands-on training, at its Regency Park site.

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

360 Degrees: Kitchen Facilities

Take a look inside the world of professional chef. Click on the image for a 360-degree view of our kitchen and learn what it's like to undergo practical training in TAFE SA's facilities. (Note: this component requires Flash support).

Video: Commercial Cookery

Ross studied a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery while working as a kitchen hand at Georges on Waymouth. While at TAFE SA, he won first place in the South Australian Training Awards for school-based apprentice of the year, and went on to represent SA at the national awards. Listen to Ross as he explains the benefits of the TAFE SA VET pathway for secondary students.

Get a taste for adventure

Become a kitchen whizz with a Gastronomic Adventures workshop. Gastronomic Adventures is an exciting program of gourmet short courses presented by TAFE SA’s finest food lecturers at the Regency International Centre. You can learn how to make sausages and confectionery, pour the perfect coffee, brew beer, bake French breads, try your hand at Korean cuisine and much more. There are even courses for kids!

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Student Program Information Guides

The following PDF guides provide detailed information about cookery courses: