Food is a necessity of life, and people with skills in commercial cookery can work anywhere from the local pub to top international restaurants. NMIT’s Cookery courses are the ideal entry point for people wanting a career in cookery, catering and bakery.
Many prestigious awards and competitions have been won by NMIT apprentices:
- Australian Culinary Federation Chef of the Year 2012
- Word Skills National Finals - Victorian Finalist 2012
- Australian TAFE Individual Cookery Competition State Final 2012
- Overall Winner - Les Toques Blanches Awards of Excellence 2012
- Victorian Culinary Challenge - Junior Chef of the Year 2012
- Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards, Training Restaurant of the Year 2012 - St Georges Restaurant
The NMIT Commercial Cookery division's unique philosophy of 'training in partnership with industry' enables our team to offer the most extensive range of cookery training options in Australia.
The department participates in major events such as:
- the Spring Racing Carnival
- the Grand Prix
Training facilities include:
- Our award winning training restaurant, St Georges, an 80-seat fine dining facility at Preston
- a 40-seat bistro at Collingwood
- commercial-standard kitchens
- a new bread baking training facility
- change rooms and lockers
NMIT teaching staff are experienced and current practitioners. Our training expertise has been recognised by the high calibre of our industry partners. NMIT's Hospitality and Tourism department has ongoing support and sponsorship from a number of large and highly-regarded companies.
For more information on our events and venue management streams offered through the Hospitality and Tourism department, visit the Hospitality study area.
Available Courses (13)
English for Hospitality
This program comprises the English for Hospitality stream of the Certificate II in ESL (Employment). If you would like a career in hospitality, concentrating on the area of cookery, this course can give you the skills you need. This English language course also involves 7 hours per week of practical kitchen work, plus 3 hours per week of hospitality theory. Employment opportunities are excellent, and may lead to work in hospitals, nursing homes, hotels or restaurants. The Vocational Pathways Department also offers other ESL streams of the Certificate II and III in ESL (Employment).
Manage your future. Make the move to a supervisory role in hospitality and develop the skills to manage a restaurant or catering business.
Cookery and Patisserie
Upgrade your career in the kitchen - use your creative skills, hands-on experience and excellent leadership capability as you expand your career options to work in supervisory positions within the commercial cookery industry.
Build a catering career to suit you. Work at large scale sporting and entertainment events or start your own business catering to film crews and music festivals.
Become the Masterchef - your passion for food and aspiration to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment will have you at the top of your career as a qualified chef.
Become the Masterchef. Your passion for food and aspiration to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment will have you at the top of your career as a qualified head chef.
This Certificate I in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) is offered through the Hospitality Department. This pre-apprenticeship course is suitable for people seeking employment in a commercial kitchen and/or an apprenticeship in the Hospitality industry. Learn to perform a range of tasks for the hospitality industry, such as how to prepare and present food, or maintain kitchen premises. NMIT also offers the Certificate I in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) through the Work Education Centre.
Start your career in the commercial cooking industry. Put yourself in a position to gain skills in a career that you can carry with you for life. The Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) will give you the kick start you need. NMIT is offering SIT20307 Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) in 2014 via our VET in Schools (VETiS) which is designed to provide essential experience, skills and knowledge in Hospitality as part of students VCE studies.
Start your career in the commercial cooking industry. Put yourself in a position to gain skills in a career that you can carry with you for life. Certificate II in kitchen operations will give you the kick start you need.
Develop your sense of creativity - demonstrate your passion for intricate detail and deliver unsurpassed excellence with your sweet and delicious creations as pastry chef.
Take your pastry career to the next level. Fine tune your artisan pastry techniques, upgrade your qualifications and be a leader in your trade.
Your pathway to artisan baking. As a qualified baker, you will have the skills to work in top restaurants, patisseries and resorts in an industry that prides its self on excellence, reputation and quality.
Advance your skills with baking. You thrive in a fast paced dynamic industry and have a passion for creative work as an artisan baker or pastry chef that is rewarded with recognition and reputation.
Available Short Courses (3)
Do you want to improve your espresso coffee making skills? Want to see how the best baristas create the perfect brew? Let our experienced barista show you how.
Ever wanted to know how to handle a knife correctly and cut like a professional? Developing confidence with basic techniques will enhance your kitchen experience and allow you to take your knife skills to the next level.
Do you love chocolate? Come along and learn how to temper chocolate and make chocolate novelties and truffles.