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Is it fear or passion that is damages a chef’s career? — When is the time to put passion on the backburner. —  Why do we need TChef in Australia ? — Technical Chef explained. — It’s back to the future. — You may be a qualified cook/chef but are you ready to become a credentialed chef? — Are you a credentialed professional chef? — How Chefs Grow. — Do you consider a chef to be a manual worker or a professional in a legitimate career? — 2017 AGM Presidents Report — Australian Institute of TechnicalChefs (AITC) — AITC Profile Handout. — Why has TechnicalChef evolved? — Is the Australian Institute of TechnicalChefs, officially recognised as an accrediting institute? — Why the Hat? — For Goodness SAKE!


 
 

Are you a credentialed professional chef?

Anyone can cook; preparing a meal is quiet simple, Google a million recipes and sort of replicate the pictures and wallah you are by definition a chef.

There are many who promote themselves to be a chef and even believe they have the right to call themselves a chef. This applies even to master chef, executive chef and many other industry titles, unfortunately quiet often promoted under false pretences with “fake news”.

It is only when a title holder has the evidence of suitable commercial cookery qualifications, sufficient kitchen experience, deservedly earned their culinary title and additionally have the attitude required to be a professional in spirit, that they can be a genuine professional chef.

Membership of the Institute is a new credential. It is a management of creditability and a new age trademark required to truthfully the use of the term “professional chef”.

In the new age culinary world, anyone can call themselves a Master chef, Executive chef, Head chef, Sous chef or Chef.  Anyone can write on social networks or make a comment on talkback radio claiming to be a chef, without any substantial evidence and backup of that claim.

Having a job with a title means very little without the evidence to support the title.

The general public need a brand name to associates the title “chef” whenever used, with a disciplined, qualified, professional tradesperson.

This is exactly the mission of the Institute of TechnicalChefs.

Membership of the institute is the only a way to separate the semi skilled from the highly skilled, and protect the genuine from the pretenders.

The days are fast disappearing when a person can claim on social media, print, or electronic media to be chef based only on what they say, or believe they can do.

Membership of the Institute is now proof of that one has the evidence to support what one says and believes they can do.

Its time for the new age identity as a credentialed professional chef, a credential that shows one is legitimate.

The Institute is expanding across Australia, more and more of professionals realise the only way to protect their vocation and their own reputation is to be inducted as a member of the Institute.

Adding AITC registration to your CV, I.e. Executive Chef (AITC Registered) or in a signature, the AITC Logo, simply separates you from amateurs and adds a public profile and creditability to your title.

As we said,  anyone can cook; preparing a meal is quiet simple, Google a million recipes and sort of replicate the pictures and wallah you are by definition a chef.

 

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(Members are commonly known as a Tchef)

What makes registration as a professional chef with the Australian Institute of TechnicalChefs unique?

Registration is the highest national industry accreditation and status that can be acquired as a chef in Australia. AITC membership identifies: Certification – Experience and Professional Conduct.

A genuine professional chef requires two levels of skills: HARD SKILLS AND SOFT SKILLS.

These soft skills are a vital companion to hard skills as a professional.

A professional chef requires both legitimate hard and soft skills. As does a registered TechnicalChef. 

A TechnicalChef (TCHEF) is the culinary equivalent to a “chartered” chef (akin to a chartered accountant versus an accountant).

For over 40 years chefs have ‘dreamed’ that one day (Cooks and Chefs) will be all aligned to a single accreditation. TechnicalChef is implementing a national system that fulfils this ‘dream’.