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Whether it's niche patisserie, your own business, or a retail-baking role, training in this career area is commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with your course. You may also be able to explore specific skills from basic to advanced to make sure your career is working for you.

There are skills shortages in exciting careers with freedom to innovate, travel and expand. TAFE NSW courses in commercial cookery range from the basics of kitchen operations in our flagship apprenticeship-level Certificate III courses, to more specialised and high-level courses that can put the finishing flourishes on your cooking career.

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"We’re always growing and changing so don’t give up on your dream – it will happen,"


Sonja spent her life working hard, getting by week to week and raising her family. But in the back of her mind she never gave up on her dream to become a patisserie baker.

And, at 40, she decided the time was right to go for it.

“I wanted to re-skill myself and I’ve always had a passion for food,” says Sonja.

Her first step was a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and this year she’s completing a Certificate III in Retail Bakery. And because there’s always more to learn, Sonja plans on completing her Certificate IV in Patisserie in 2019 and finally reaching her long held goal.

“It’s just the beginning and I feel like I have so much more to learn,” says Sonja.

She encourages people who are considering a career change to pursue their dreams and make a change if they’re unhappy.


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With a variety of culinary options, TAFE NSW has a range of courses, and more than 25,000 employer connections, to help you become a qualified chef.

Commercial cooking and commercial cookery involve kitchen operations, food preparation, hygiene, and food safety, that meets the professional industry standards required for working in restaurants, bistros, catering companies, and cafés.

Whether you want to bake bread, cakes, or everything in between, TAFE NSW has courses to introduce you to baking, and to help you become a qualified professional baker.

To become a professional baker, you need to complete an apprenticeship and a Certificate III in Baking course at TAFE NSW.

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What job opportunities could a commercial cookery course lead to?

If you're looking to turn up the heat on your culinary career, do like celebrity chef and Restaurateur, Matt Moran, did: enrol in a cooking course at TAFE NSW. Our culinary courses can help you become a chef, baking or pastry apprentice, with cooking courses to cover everything from basic skills through to more advanced abilities. 

Our courses can launch your career as a: 

  • Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Executive Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Baker
  • Patisserie Cook
  • Caterer
  • Cook

Whether you're just starting out in your career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of culinary courses at a level to suit you. We have courses in everything from Cake and Pastry Baking to Asian cooking and certificates in Commercial Cookery.