Cooks, chefs & pastrycooks

The skills of cooks and chefs can differ from country to country. To determine whether your work evidence meets the requirements of the skills assessment, we recommend you review:

Download the Hospitality application form.

Additional evidence requirements for Commercial Cook, Asian Cook and Chef will be sent to applicants on request.

Practical skills demonstrations

Melbourne demonstrations

Practical skills demonstrations are held monthly at:

Victoria University, Footscray Nicholson Campus
Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3011

Find out more about upcoming hospitality skills assessments dates in Melbourne.

Perth demonstrations

Practical skills demonstrations are held monthly at:

South Metropolitan TAFE, Bentley Campus
Bentley Pines Restaurant E Block, Hayman Road
Bentley, WA, 6102

Find out more about upcoming hospitality skills assessments dates in Perth.

India demonstrations

Practical skills demonstrations are held in:

Chennai, India

Find out more about upcoming hospitality skills assessments dates in India.

Dubai demonstrations

Practical skills demonstrations are held in:

Dubai UAE

Find out more about upcoming hospitality skills assessments dates in Dubai.

Additional evidence required for Chefs

This evidence must demonstrate that you possess the skills and knowledge to be considered competent as a qualified chef in a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen.

Possible job titles include:

  • Sous Chef
  • Head Chef
  • Executive Chef.

In order to qualify for skills assessment, you need to provide proof of 6 to 9 years relevant experience for the Chef occupation plus management experience.

Individuals with this classification are able to perform roles such as:

  • managing one or more sections in a very large kitchen, including staff at an international commercial entity of 5 star standard
  • managing a medium size operation such as a restaurant, including staff.

Chefs plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in a dining or catering establishment. They are required to:

  • manage, train and lead staff in commercial kitchens
  • plan, cost and prepare menus
  • prepare and ensure the quality of a number of different dishes
  • manage finances and budgets
  • liaise with customers and company directors
  • keep informed of trends and changes in the hospitality industry
  • prepare all types of foods from appetisers to main dishes and desserts
  • implement and monitor food safety guidelines and workplace health and safety (WHS) practices
  • order supplies
  • work safely and following workplace hygiene procedures in their kitchens
  • store different ingredients and foods.

Additional evidence required for Cooks

Commercial Cooks are cooks who can prepare continental dishes (Western food), whereas a cook specialising in Asian Cookery cooks only or mainly Asian food – for instance, Indian, Chinese or Thai cuisine.

A Cook works under the instruction of the Chef/Sous Chef/Chef De Partie in a commercial kitchen.

Possible job titles include:

  • Commi I-II

In addition to preparing food, a cook:

  • follows compliance (OHS & Food Safety Program)
  • completes indent for ordering & purchasing
  • cleans and maintains the kitchen.

Changes to the Temporary Skill Shortage visa program

The Australian Government introduced a number of changes to the skilled migrant visa programs on 1 July 2017.

Part of the reforms include:

  • abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and replacing it with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018
  • changing the skilled occupation lists for permanent and temporary migration.

A number of caveats on occupations have been introduced for visas for Cook and Chef. To be eligible you must have experience in skilled positions. It excludes experience from fast food outlets.

Before you start your application we strongly recommend you contact the Department of Home Affairs to check if:

  • you need a skills assessment for the visa you intend to apply for
  • Trades Recognition Australia is the relevant skills assessing authority.

Contact us

Please contact the Skilled Migration Assessment Services team if you require additional information about onsite technical skills assessments for hospitality trades.