Skills needed for culinary arts courses

This page outlines the skills students must have to participate in AUT's culinary arts programmes and other hospitality and tourism courses with operational content.

Psychomotor skills

To participate in our programmes each student must have sufficient physical abilities, manual dexterity and visual acuity to safely and effectively accomplish the following:

  • Attend and participate in workshop and production classes for a minimum of 6 hours consecutively
  • Lift and transport food and other culinary or baking product, equipment, and utensils
  • Lift and transport trays with plated foods, small goods, and other items and serve and clear tables where guests are seated
  • Pour and serve liquids and beverages, including hot liquids
  • Use knives and other commercial cooking utensils
  • Operate commercial cooking and food service equipment
  • Manoeuvre in professional or commercial kitchens, dining rooms and related facilities
  • Be able to meet commercial time requirements for completion of practical assessments
  • Visually assess the appearance of a food item to determine whether it is cooked and plated properly

Intellectual skills

Applicants must have sufficient intellectual ability to perform the following:

  • Process verbal and written instruction
  • Be able to communicate effectively with others
  • Be able to multitask
  • Work effectively independently; and in small and/or large groups as part of a team