You’ve got a knack for cooking and a desire to turn something that you love into a career.

You’ve probably considered enrolling in a commercial cookery course in Melbourne, too.

Of course, as with all career moves, you’ll want to know what your options are, first.

To help you get a better understanding of where a commercial cookery course might take you, we’ve broken your options into three broad categories…

But first: what is commercial cookery?

Basically, any workplace where you make food for someone else is a form of commercial cookery!

It’s an industry that goes beyond obvious candidates like restaurants and cafes – it also includes a range of other workplaces, including:

  • Canteens
  • Pubs
  • Hotels
  • Care facilities
  • Event venues

Anywhere that involves food, really!

While we can’t go into depth about every specific position you might be eligible for once you complete your commercial cookery course (we’d be here all day if we did), we can break it down into three broad streams, each with their own career pathways!

Commercial cookery stream

Do you prefer hands-on work, where you’re in the trenches cooking up a storm and creating something that people are going to love?

If so, commercial cookery might be just what you’re looking for.

As there are many different commercial kitchens out there, so too are there many job opportunities available to those who study cookery!

Whether it’s at a restaurant, cafe, pub, hotel, or any other sort of hospitality business, the commercial cookery stream is built around preparing you to work in the kitchen.

Depending on whether or not you enrol in the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, you may find yourself working in all levels of the kitchen hierarchy:

  • Junior chef – the starting point for any aspiring chef
  • Chef de partie (line chef) – manage a specific station with its own responsibilities and tasks
  • Sous chef – ensure the kitchen is running smoothly and that food is going out in a timely manner
  • Executive chef – head of the kitchen!

If you’re looking for hands-on work across hospitality, the commercial cookery stream is just what you need.

And our commercial cookery courses in Melbourne can help you get there!

Patisserie stream

Have a sweet tooth?

Love pastries?

Can’t get enough of dessert?

If only there was a way to start a career in commercial cookery, while also getting to specialise in sweets… oh wait, there is!

Patisserie is a spin-off of commercial cookery that focuses on – you guessed it – desserts, pastries, cakes, and sweets.

In short, the perfect cookery course for those who may have a sweet tooth!

In addition to the kitchen basics, this course will also teach you specialised skills you’ll need to succeed in this particular niche.

Some of the positions you may find yourself working in include:

  • Pastry chef
  • Pastry sous chef
  • Executive pastry chef
  • Pastry shop manager/owner
  • Baker
  • Cake decorator

Academia offers both the Certificate III in Patisserie, as well as the Certificate IV in Patisserie depending on where you are in your career.

You’ll learn a host of practical skills both in our workshops as well as part of your mandatory work placement. Soon, you’ll be baking, glazing and decorating like a pro!

Hospitality management

Looking to take on even greater responsibilities, or even start your own business?

There’s a course to help you reach that goal!

Many of our students opt to combine their patisserie or commercial cookery course with a diploma of hospitality management.

Like the name suggests, our hospitality management school focuses on building up the managers of the future, including essential administrative tasks such as:

  • Budgeting and finances
  • Operational planning
  • Developing and implementing business plans
  • Establishing and maintaining business relationships

Combined with our more kitchen-oriented commercial cookery and patisserie courses, and you’ll be able to easily alternate between hands-on and managerial positions in your career.

Our hospitality management courses include:

Commercial cookery courses in Melbourne that prepare you for your future

Each of Academia’s commercial cookery courses, no matter the stream, features a heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on learning.

In addition to workshops, our institute is affiliated with many of Melbourne’s leading hospitality businesses, including:

The combination of classroom-based theory, on-site practical training, and real-world work experience ensures you’ll receive world-class education in the culinary arts!

Interested in learning more about commercial cookery in Melbourne?

Get in touch with our friendly course advisors today!