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Cooking embraces a wide range of skills from creating menus and preparing dishes for Michelin-starred restaurants, to workplace canteens and cafeterias.

Cooking could be for you if you like:

  • Being creative
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Working as a team

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Why choose Cooking?

Skills made me see that the best profession is one that you love and not everything has to come from a book.
— Tayla Schou, Competitor at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

More about Cooking

Preparing delicious meals may be the most obvious part of the work of a professional chef, but the job requires much more.

Chefs have to prepare budgets, calculate profit margins, control and order stock, and keep on top of the latest food trends such as organic and vegetarian cuisine and healthy eating regimes.

Communicating well with a team is also part of the high pressure environment in a successful kitchen, while good hygiene is essential for the health and safety of customers and fellow workers.

Cooking in action

Recent medallists in Cooking

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

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    Thomas Tutzer

    South Tyrol, Italy

  • Photo of Natcha Saengow

    Natcha Saengow


  • Photo of Christian Jung Hoon Kleinert

    Christian Jung Hoon Kleinert


  • Photo of LAI JIA YI



  • Photo of Christoph Fürnschuss

    Christoph Fürnschuss


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