5 reasons to study commercial cookery

Does good food put you in a good mood?

Are you endlessly scrolling through Netflix, searching for food- and restaurant-related movies? (We suggest watching Chef, by the way!)

Are you constantly dreaming about new recipes or putting your own spin on tried-and-tested traditional recipes?

Hone those skills and turn your passion in the kitchen into a career – study commercial cookery with Academia today!

This week, we share some top reasons as to why you might consider enrolling in our commercial cookery courses.

1. The industry is positively booming!

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.

Anna Thomas

For the past few years, the sentiment has been much of the same: chefs are in high demand!

Restaurants, hotels, and other related hospitality businesses scramble to find qualified, hard-working, and skills chefs to fill their kitchens and as such, fill seats in their dining spaces!

The drawback, specifically, isn’t quite the numbers of people wanting to become chefs or commercial cooks; rather is that percentage of these who become qualified, completing their relevant studies and obtaining the right qualifications.

So if you want to take the dive into a career in cookery, you need to start with the right qualification! Explore our commercial cookery courses here.

2. Career prospects are plentiful

“I was 32 when I started cooking. Up until then, I just ate!”

Julia Child

When you enter the commercial cookery industry, you enter an industry ripe for expansion – the only way is up here, and you’ve got plenty of avenues to follow.

Take Academia’s commercial cookery courses, for example:

Within this department, you can pursue one of three streams – commercial cookery, patisserie, or hospitality management.

This means that you can begin your studies and then adjust your pathway as you discover and ignite passions within the industry.

Perhaps you have a penchant for producing delicious and beautiful sweet treats? Then the patisserie stream could be for you!

Career outcomes are plentiful, and depending on your qualification, skill, and area of work, you could be looking at moving into roles like:

  • Qualified chef or cook
  • Chef de partie
  • Supervisory chef or cook
  • Function or event manager
  • Executive or head chef
  • Food and beverage manager
  • And so much more!

3. You can grow your career

“Chefs are leaders in their own little world.”

Eric Ripert

In the cooking and hospitality, YOU fuel your career path – you lay the stones and take the steps you want in order to grow and advance your career.

Once you’ve got your qualification, teamed with real-life work experience in some of Melbourne and Brisbane’s most renowned hospitality facilities, the only way is up!

Chef superstars aren’t born overnight (unless, that is, you’re a Masterchef contestant!) so if you’re willing to work hard, stay motivated, and climb the ladder, success is your destiny!

4. Work with a close-knit group of individuals

“There’s a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family.”

Gordon Ramsay

If you love the buzz of a busy kitchen and are ready to be challenged by some full yet flexible working hours, a career in commercial cookery could be for you!

One of the best qualities we hear about time and time again from our students completing placement is the close-knit bond they form with their fellow workmates.

Your colleagues quickly become more than just that; they become like family, working with you as together, you triumph the highs and lows of a high-pressure commercial kitchen environment.

Best of all, you all share a passion for great food and outstanding attention to detail!

5. You want to turn a passionate hobby into a career!

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

One of the most important traits any aspiring chef or cook must have is an innate passion and genuine love for food.

Certainly, there will be challenges as you navigate the waters of a commercial kitchen, but your passion will truly see you through, as you discover new ways to conquer problems and come out on top!

A passion in the kitchen is the first sign – and often one of the most important reasons – you should consider pursuing a career in commercial cookery.

Start your career with Academia today – enrol in our commercial cookery courses

The most important ingredient in kick starting your career is with Academia’s commercial cookery courses

Explore the school here and follow the links within to find out more about our specific commercial cookery courses.

Commercial cookery stream

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management – Major in Commercial Cookery
  • Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management – Major in Commercial Cookery

Patisserie stream

  • Certificate III in Patisserie
  • Certificate IV in Patisserie
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management – Major in Patisserie
  • Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management – Major in Patisserie

Explore our commercial cookery school.

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