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Chefs prepare and cook food in restaurants, hotels, catering businesses, rest homes, cafes and bars.

Skill and Knowledge

 

Chefs Need to Have:

  • Food preparation, cooking, and food presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, stock management, and how to price and set up a menu.
  • Understanding of hygiene and health and safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of new developments in food nutrition, food technology, and cooking methods.

Job Responsibilities:

 

  Chefs may do some or all the following:

  • prepare and cook food according to customers’ orders
  • arrange food on plates
  • design, plan, and price menus
  • train and supervise staff
  • keep work areas clean and tidy, and adhere to health and safety standards
  • order food supplies and cooking equipment
  • supervise the cleaning and dishwashing
  • keep records of supplies.

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific requirements to become a chef. However, a cookery qualification may be useful. You may complete a:

  •  two to three years, on-the-job apprenticeship including study towards a New Zealand     Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4.
  • One-year full-time New Zealand Certificate in Cookery -Level 4.
  • One-year full-time New Zealand Certificate in Cookery- Level 3.
  •  One -year full-time New Zealand certificate in Hospitality (Cookery)-Level 4.
  • you can also train to be a chef with the NZ Army or Royal NZ Navy.

       PAY:

 

  • The chef usually earns $39k-$59k per year.
  • Head or executive chefs usually earn $65k-$100k.
  • Apprentice chefs usually earn minimum wage or a little more.
  • Commis chefs usually earn $40,000 to $48,000 a year.
  • Chefs de partie usually earn $48,000 to $58,000.
  • Sous chefs usually earn $55,000 to $65,000.
  • Head/executive chefs can earn $65,000 to $100,000.

 

  Entry Requirements:

There is no specific secondary education required for this job, but home economics (food and nutrition) and NCEA level 1 are useful. You may complete a:

  •  two to three years, on-the-job apprenticeship including study towards a New Zealand     Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4.
  • One-year full-time New Zealand Certificate in Cookery -Level 4.
  • One-year full-time New Zealand Certificate in Cookery- Level 3.
  • One -year full-time New Zealand certificate in Hospitality (Cookery)-Level 4.
  • you can also train to be a chef with the NZ Army or Royal NZ Navy.

 

Chances of getting a job.

The demand for chefs is high due to the shortage of skilled workers. The shortage is caused by:

  • More restaurants, cafés, and bars are opening as New Zealanders spend more time eating out.
  • long hours and low pay leading to high staff turnover, and chefs leaving the industry.
  • Chefs moving overseas, where they can earn more.
Food technologists may specialize in:

  • packaging
  • product development
  • production
  • quality assurance
  • policy and standards
  • technical sales
  • research and development.

Other Information

More information on food technologists is available on the websites of Careers New Zealand, and the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Careers New Zealandwww.careers.govt.nz
New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology: www.nzifst.org.nz/careers/default.asp
Just the Job video clip: A Career as a Food Technologist in the Seafood Industry

List of Universities in New Zealand for different Courses in Food technology:https://nzifst.org.nz/Tertiary-Study-Options

For Applying Scholarship in Food Technology:https://nzifst.org.nz/Tertiary-Scholarships

 


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