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Cookery – Patisserie – Bakery


Food is a necessity of life, and people with skills in commercial cookery can work anywhere from the local pub to top international restaurants.

Melbourne Polytechnic's Cookery courses are the ideal entry point for people wanting a career in cookery, catering and bakery.

Career options:

  • chef
  • management
  • consultant
  • self-employed.

Many prestigious awards and competitions have been won by Melbourne Polytechnic apprentices:

  • Australian Culinary Federation Chef of the Year 2012
  • Word Skills National Finals – Victorian Finalist 2012
  • Australian TAFE Individual Cookery Competition State Final 2012
  • Overall Winner – Les Toques Blanches Awards of Excellence 2012
  • Victorian Culinary Challenge – Junior Chef of the Year 2012
  • Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards, Training Restaurant of the Year 2012 – St George's Restaurant.

The Melbourne Polytechnic Commercial Cookery division's unique philosophy of 'training in partnership with industry' enables our team to offer the most extensive range of cookery training options in Australia.

The department participates in major events such as:

  • the Spring Racing Carnival
  • the Grand Prix.

Training facilities include:

  • Our award winning training restaurant, St Georges, an 80-seat fine dining facility at Preston
  • The Apprentice Restaurant at Prahran
  • commercial-standard kitchens
  • a new bread baking training facility
  • change rooms and lockers.

Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff are experienced and current practitioners. Our training expertise has been recognised by the high calibre of our industry partners. Melbourne Polytechnic's Hospitality and Tourism department has ongoing support and sponsorship from a number of large and highly-regarded companies.

For more information on our events and venue management streams offered through the Hospitality and Tourism department, visit the Hospitality study area and Tourism and Events studyarea.

Certificate II in EAL (Employment) - English for Hospitality - SEE - VTG
If you would like a career in hospitality, concentrating on the area of cookery, then Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Employment) can provide you with the skills you need. The English language course incorporates seven hours per week of practical kitchen work, plus three hours per week of hospitality theory. Employment opportunities are excellent, and may lead to work in hotels or restaurants.

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations - VETiS
Heat up your career in the commercial cooking industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, offered through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools (VETiS) program.

Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance - Baking
Learn the skills you need to gain employment in a bakery with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance.

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Are you a potential MasterChef? Let your passion for food and potential to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment lead you to a career as a qualified chef. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Commercial Cookery will set your simmering enthusiasm to boiling!

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)
Prove yourself and become an artisan baker with a Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread). As a qualified baker, you’ll have the skills to work in top restaurants, patisseries and resorts in an industry that prides itself on excellence, reputation and quality.

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined)
Improve and advance your baking skills with the Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined). If you have a passion for creative work as an artisan baker or pastry chef, you’ll thrive in this fast-paced, dynamic and rewarding industry.

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Do you want to be head chef? Or perhaps you'd like to own the restaurant? Our Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery has all the ingredients and techniques you’ll need to create the perfect and most delicious career.

Certificate IV in Hospitality
Manage your future. Make the move to a supervisory role in hospitality by developing the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively manage a restaurant or catering business. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Hospitality will welcome you to a whole new world filled with fabulous career prospects.

Certificate IV in Patisserie
Our Certificate IV in Patisserie is truly the icing on the cake for a career in Patisserie. We’ll guide you through your patisserie training with industry-qualified professionals in modern, world class facilities.

Diploma of Hospitality Management - Cookery and Patisserie
Upgrade your career in the kitchen with our Diploma of Hospitality Apprenticeship in Cookery and Patisserie. Discover how best to use your creative skills and leadership capabilities and be part of creative hands-on learning working in supervisory positions within the commercial cookery industry. Your career will can only go up!

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