Cook Pre-Apprenticeship

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program for cooks is a 21 week program which combines in-class instruction led by a certified teacher with extensive background in the hospitality industry, and in-kitchen training facilitated by a red-sealed chef. The training includes Smart Serve Certification, National Food Safety and Service Excellence, and is followed by an 12 week work placement.

The program is open to anyone who is interested in advancing their culinary skills to gain entry level employment within the food service and hospitality industries.


  • 16 years of age or older
  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent
  • Birth certificate, passport or driver’s license and
  • Valid SIN card

Course Content

  • Employment Skills Training
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Kitchen tools and Equipment, Cooking Techniques and Methods
  • Culinary Math, Menu Design and Costing
  • Shipping and Receiving, Storage Procedures, Inventory Control
  • Sauces, Stocks and Soups, Pastas, Grains, Vegetables etc.

Upcoming Session Dates

Classes run from Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session dates are:

  • April 3, 2018 to August 24, 2018
  • July 2, 2018 to November 23, 2018
  • October 1, 2018 to February 22, 2019

Contact Us

Please call Shakera Reid-Rathwell at 519-944-4900 x125 to register for General Information Session (Spaces are limited).