Cooking, Baking and Patisserie

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Cook up an exciting future

Do your friends and family keep inviting themselves round for dinner? Are you the kind of person who can whip up a banquet out of whatever’s in the fridge? Or are your weekend baking skills the toast of the neighbourhood?

If that’s you, then perhaps it’s time to harness your creative, organisational and interpersonal skills into a rewarding and exciting food career.

Sydney TAFE cooking courses can give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to become a chef, sous chef, baker or patisserie cook.

Sydney TAFE and you

Sydney TAFE gives you the advantage whatever the stage of your career.

  • Leaving school? Talk to your careers advisor about combining your studies with a TVET course.
  • Launching your career? Hospitality and the food industry have strong apprenticeship and traineeship programs.
  • Time for a change? Sydney TAFE has a course to help you set the world on fire (not literally) with your culinary creations.

Get your qualification faster

Sydney TAFE can recognise your knowledge and life/work experience so you finish your qualification faster.

If you are already working in the industry and want to build on your career, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) so you don’t have to study what you already know.

Sydney TAFE is always developing innovative ways to deliver its courses, including evening and online options.

John Javier: Hospitality - Certificate III Commercial Cookery (Apprenticeship)

Working his way up

After forgoing an advertising degree at university, John Javier followed his heart and passion into the world of food and cooking. An ambitious student, he is currently studying his apprenticeship with legendary Australian chef Peter Gilmore at Quay Restaurant and has already spent time at the world’s best restaurant – Noma in Denmark.

“TAFE really gave me the foundation I needed in my cooking skills, “John says.

“You get a lot of hands-on experience and it also allows you to work in the actual industry.”

From Sydney TAFE to a degree

Sydney TAFE has agreements with a number of Australian universities and other training organisations which allow you to apply for credit if you enrol in a relevant degree course.

The higher the qualification you study at Sydney TAFE, the more credit you may be eligible to receive.

Bachelor of Hospitality (Management) at Sydney TAFE

Sydney TAFE now offers a Bachelor of Hospitality (Management) in partnership with the University of Ballarat. This innovative degree program integrates applied and academic learning to reflect the changing roles and responsibilities of a senior hospitality manager.

The course normally takes three years to complete but if you already have earned a Hospitality Diploma and Hospitality Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) at Sydney TAFE, you’ll receive up to two years credit on your degree.

Build new career skills

Sydney TAFE offers you the opportunity of adding value to your skill-set through other programs, including these short courses:

  • Barista
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
  • Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG)
  • Food Safety Supervision
  • Hotel and On Premises Licensee competency.

You may be interested in other Sydney TAFE career areas, including Hospitality, Tourism, Business Management and Office Administration.


Industry partners include:

Bakers Delight | Woolworths | Coles | Lydney Milan Entertainment | Heron Salmon | Apprentice Power | HTN | ATEL

Industry facts sourced from: Service Skills Australia Environmental Scan 2014; Job Outlook, Australian Government Department of Employment;

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