If you’re not considering upskilling your Chefs…you should be

Let’s face it, the current economic market for hospitality venues is getting tougher each day, with 1 in 13 venues predicted to have permanently shut their doors by the end of the year. Couple this with a severe cost-of-living crisis, scarcer customer dollars, and a talent shortage amongst Chefs throughout Australia, it’s safe to say that Clubs certainly have their work cut out!

While your venue’s dining outlets may not contribute significantly to your overall profitability, the food you’re dishing up must remain a priority in your 24/25 budget. After all, food that looks and tastes great is one of your venue’s primary marketing tools in keeping you top of mind for your members.

Keeping all that in mind, here are our top reasons why developing your Chefs and Cooks with a Cert IV in Kitchen Management will play a key role in maintaining your venue’s future success…particularly in the coming months:

1. Engage and retain talent

Multiple studies throughout recent years have demonstrated the impact and clear correlation between employee development opportunities, engagement and longevity. In addition to retaining your talent, investing in your team fosters a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Benefiting both the individual and strengthening the skills amongst your team.

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One of the most significant benefits of upskilling your Chefs is the development of strong management and leadership skills. A kitchen where your Executive and Sous Chefs can take charge of managing their teams, in addition to executing dishes flawlessly, frees up your time to focus on strategic initiatives.



Chefs with highly developed skillsets are adept at implementing seasonal ingredients, decreasing waste and optimising food costings. Additionally, your Chefs will be able to create exciting, creative and great looking dishes that have the power to entice both your customers…and your front-of-house team to talk about and upsell higher cost dishes.


In an ideal world, your Executive and Head Chefs will be with you for the long term. In reality, a dynamic talent market mean your Chefs can easily seek a better salary offer or contract conditions with a competing organisation. You must prepare your culinary team to be self sufficient and can maintain a high standard of operations through a changeover period.

Further, training opportunities may save you the headache of going through yet another recruitment process. Investing in training initiatives ensures you are developing talent within your team and streamlining succession planning within your kitchen.


Ultimately, investing in your Chefs’ professional development sends a powerful message: you value their growth and contribution to your venue’s success. Chefs who feel valued and recognise a clear path for advancement are more likely to stay with your company, reducing recruitment and training costs in the long run.

By upskilling your Chefs, you’re not just making an investment in their careers; you’re making a strategic investment in the future of your venue. Empower your team and create sustainable culinary practices within your venue by upskilling your Chefs with a Certificate IV in Kitchen Management with CTA Training Specialists.

Pending funding eligibility for individuals, the Cert IV in Kitchen Management is available from only $799, with first round of training beginning mid-July.