VETiS Commercial Cookery Competition

Cookery is the artistry of food. These skilled professionals combine a range of different ingredients and treat them with various cooking methods to create tasty and enjoyable meals. If you believe you can cook up a storm in the kitchen, then perhaps you should look into a career in cookery.


The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Commercial Cookery Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 35 Australian regions. The VETiS Commercial Cookery Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next VETiS Commercial Cookery Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in VETiS Commercial Cookery

What does Commericial Cookery involve?
  • Monitoring and regulating temperatures of:
    • Ovens
    • Grills
    • Other cooking equipment
  • Ensuring kitchen is:
    • Hygienic
    • Functional
    • Meets government health requirements
  • Preparing food for cooking
  • Cooking different kinds of foods by a range of methods
  • Portioning and serving food in the kitchen and ensuring that food is well-presented
  • Storing food safely in temperature controlled facilities
  • Planning menus and estimating food requirements
  • Preparing food to meet special dietary requirements
What employment opportunities are available in Commercial Cookery work?
  • Restaurants, Bistros and clubs
  • Hotels, motels and other accommodation
  • Hospitals, nursing homes and boarding schools
  • Flight catering centres, seagoing ships
  • Take-away food outlets
Further pathways available in Commercial Cookery work include:
  • Sous chef
  • Restaurant manager
  • Restaurant owner
  • Speciality chef
You should pursue a career in Commercial Cookery if you:
  • Have a high level of personal cleanliness
  • Are able to organize efficient work schedules and work under pressure
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are able to maintain control and composure in difficult situations
  • Can work well in a team
  • Are creative and enjoy working with food