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Chief Cook Courses

A Chief Cook prepares food for crew and passengers on a ship or marine vessel. You might prepare meals to order or work from a set menu. A Chief Cook, or Ship’s Cook or Marine Cook, ensures supplies and ingredients are available and makes sure hygiene and compliance issues are adhered to. You may have to cater for people with special dietary needs when required.

Chief Cooks should have excellent time management skills and be able to handle several tasks at once. It’s important that you are organised and can work well in a busy kitchen environment. Chief Cooks should have strong communication skills and be able to work well as part of a team.

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There is one course available for people who want to become a Chief Cook.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Chief Cook earn?

In Australia, a full time Chief Cook generally earns $1,050 per week ($54,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Chief Cook?

This industry has experienced strong employment growth over the last five years. There are currently 38,300 people working in this field in Australia and many of them specialise as a Chief Cook. Chief Cooks may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Chief Cook?

A Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Cookery) is an ideal qualification if you’re interested in a career as a Chief Cook. You’ll cover a range of topics including shipboard safety and survival at sea, skills in food preparation, food safety, maintaining perishables and stock control.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within maritime. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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