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Food Trades Assistants assist Food Trades Workers by performing routine food preparation, cleaning and storage tasks.


  • gathering food ingredients in preparation for cooking and serving
  • gathering pots and pans in preparation for cooking food ingredients
  • weighing and measuring ingredients
  • washing, peeling, cutting, slicing and dicing ingredients for cooking and serving
  • cutting and grinding meat, poultry and seafood in preparation for cooking
  • removing cooked food from ovens and food warmers
  • washing work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware
  • storing food supplies, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware in refrigerators, cupboards, pantries and other storage areas
  • informing Foods Trade Workers when food supplies are low.


  • physically demanding.

To become a Food Trades Assistant

  • You can work as a Food Trades Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in cookery, pastrymaking or hospitality might be helpful.

    Take a Certificate I in Food Processing

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Food Safety

  • Retail Operations

  • Cooking

  • Customer Service

  • Organisational Skills

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