VETiS Commercial Cookery Competition

Commercial Cooks use a wide range of well-developed cookery skills and sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food and menu items.

The VETiS Commercial Cookery Competition is designed to provide Competitors with the opportunity to present their own contemporary interpretations and individual artistic flair whilst using a defined range of food preparation and cookery skills.


  • Are creative and enjoy working with food
  • Are interested in food and food culture
  • Have good communication skills
  • Can work well in a team


The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Commercial Cookery Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 42 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. 2023 and 2025 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in VETiS Commercial Cookery

Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Cookery Competitions align to the National Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2024 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for VETiS Commercial Cookery aligns to the Units of Competency in the SIT20421 – Certificate II in Cookery Qualification.

Regional Competition Tasks

The Regional Competition for VETiS includes a range of basic cookery skills required for preparing, plating and serving a savoury and sweet afternoon tea, with four (4) portions for each course.

Regional Competition Tasks Include:

  • Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • Participate in safe work practices
  • Use food preparation equipment
  • Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • Receive, store and maintain stock
  • Work effectively in a commercial kitchen
  • Clean kitchen premises and equipment

Regionals Competition Duration

The competition time is 3 hours over 1 day not including breaks or briefing.

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Competition for VETiS Commercial Cookery aligns to the Units of Competency in the SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations Qualification.

National Competition Tasks

The National Competition for VETiS has been designed for Competitors to demonstrate basic cookery skills including a method of cookery for entrée, main course, and dessert items. Menu will include afternoon tea, two-course luncheon menu and two course dinner.

National Competition Tasks Include:

  • Handling tools
  • Basic kitchen preparation
  • Variety of cooking methods
  • Plating and serving
  • Application of hygiene standards and workplace health and safety

Nationals Competition Duration

The competition time is 9 hours over 3 days not including breaks or briefing

Find out about training options

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Learn more about this course by following this link Certificate II in Kitchen Operations