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Cookery

If you have a passion for food and want to sharpen your culinary skills, start your cookery career with The Gordon.

The Gordon’s culinary team is always ready to impart their skills and knowledge to you. Practice your skills and experience the buzz of a real working kitchen, take specialist patisserie courses delivered by the renowned Brendan Hill, or broaden your business and management skills with a Certificate IV. You can study as an apprentice, full-time, or one day a week. Find out about becoming an apprentice and view The Gordon's uniform and toolkit requirements.

Meet Brendan Hill, our Pattiserie teacher with over 40 years of international teaching experience. He talks to us about why he has such a passion for teaching and why a career in food is so rewarding.
 

State-of-the-art facilities

With access to state-of-the-art training kitchens, exquisite bakery and patisserie spaces, a barista school, a culinary demonstration academy and a training restaurant, you will be exposed to the latest equipment and techniques and local ingredients equating to a complete immersion into high-quality culinary culture taught by highly skilled industry professionals. 
 

Culinary competition opportunities

Raise your profile and network by taking the opportunity to test your skills and participate in AUSTAFE, WorldSkills and Fonterra Proud to be a Chef Competition, to name just a few.


Information sessions

Courses

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SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery~

Apply now for our Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course and learn the hands-on skills and real experience needed to become a qualified cook or chef

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SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie~

The Certificate III in Patisserie will provide specialist hands-on training so you can perfect your cookery skills & enter the patisserie field. Apply now!

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SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery~

Apply now for the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery course to gain the skills expected of a cook, and the knowledge to manage a dynamic kitchen environment

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SIT40716 Certificate IV in Patisserie~

Apply now for our Certificate IV in Patisserie course to gain a pastry chef qualification, as well as management & leadership skills to work in the industry

Student story

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"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

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