Cookery

Look no further for your cookery courses. Learn from the number one provider of cookery and patisserie training in the wider Geelong region.

Whether you’re looking for a short course or a full qualification to establish your culinary career, you’ll be learning from the best in the business. Our team of industry teachers include award-winning chef and Black Hat recipient Brendan Hill, keeping up to date with the latest food trends.

We work closely with a large network of restaurants and highly regarded chefs to give you the best possible chance for employment. Alongside our specialist facilities we also own and operate the Davidson Restaurant. Here you can practice your skills and experience the buzz of a real working kitchen.

For more information about becoming an apprentice click here.

For employers:

New delivery format!
The Gordon offers day and block release and now we have our new blended delivery for your apprentices. If you are an employer looking to take on an apprentice click here.


Career outcomes

Salary range

Kitchenhand $32,276 - $49,678
Chef $40,040 - $61,587
Pastry cook $36,115 - $58,584
Baker $37,675 - $56,666
Catering assistant $34,000 - $51,000*
Source: myfuture.edu.au & glassdoor.com.au*. Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.
 
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Profiles and Testimonials

“I chose to study at The Gordon as they have an excellent reputation, with a lot of great chefs who have graduated and now own their own restaurants.
 
All the teachers are professional and experienced and they make the training interesting and memorable. I have not only learned how to cook a great meal, but also learned how to be a team player. After studying with my classmates all year, we have become like a family. We study from each other, help each other, and have a lot of fun.
 
As an international student, my English has improved dramatically and I’ve learnt specialised words in French, Italian, Japanese and others. I am now working in a local restauarant and continuing my studies at Certificate IV level to gain more knowledge and experience. I hope to own my own small restaurant one day.”

Allen Bo Li
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


“From childhood I enjoyed being in the kitchen, so I feel extremely lucky to pursue a career doing what I love.

 The high level of training I received at The Gordon, and the relationships I formed, has given me confidence in the workplace along with confidence to set goals in what I want out of my career. The biggest highlight to date has been receiving an International Culinary Scholarship as the winner of the Fonterra Proud to be a Chef event in 2016.

I will use the international scholarship to develop my creativity and knowledge of food to the highest extent. In the next five years I plan to move closer to Melbourne to gain further experience in high standard restaurants. This will be a step towards the ultimate goal of opening my own place in the town I grew up in, utilising the great local produce we have on offer from the area."

Jake McKenzie
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, 2016


"I was a stay-at-home mum who had been out of the workforce for 26 years. I have always had a passion for food but my experience was limited to being a home cook. I chose The Gordon because I could study on-campus and gain a qualification to become a qualified chef. Going back to study was so much fun because I had the desire and the passion to succeed. The facilities were fantastic, teachers were all very experienced, and I loved learning something new every day. 

I am currently employed as a chef at the Flying Brick Cider House after undertaking work placement during my studies, and I continue to learn about new foods and techniques every day. 

As a chef, you have to be passionate about food, be prepared to take criticism, work hard and long hours, and most importantly be a team player. But the rewards are great. This is my dream job.”


Di Harris
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


“I completed a teaching degree before realising my passion was for cooking. I always wanted to have my own café, so I knew had to follow my dream and get the qualification.
 
I studied on-campus for one year and loved everything about it because I got to cook every day! The Gordon taught me how to be prepared, organised and focused. The teachers were amazing and I learnt so many tricks and new cooking techniques, as well as working in a real commercial kitchen for real customers.
 
I now have my own café in Geelong and every day is different. From serving our amazing customers, making delicious wholesome food, lots of ordering and organising, and most importantly, having fun. Being a chef and café owner is a lot of hard work and long hours. But it is very rewarding because you can see the outcome of all of your hard work right in front of you.”

 
Emma McKane
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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