Get cooking for your career in culinary arts!

by Stephanie Abba


Do you dazzle your friends and family with your culinary skills? Or do you wish you could? Maybe a chef/cook preparation program or a culinary arts program is just what you're looking for. Different schools offer different programs; look for one that encompasses the specialty area that interests you.

Do you want training in all areas of the trade? The George Brown College one-year Chef Training certificate program may be for you. You'll learn about all the aspects of food and food preparation. You'll see professionals demonstrate techniques and then you'll have the chance to try it yourself.

Maybe you want to stick to making fancy desserts - maybe you want to try a Pastry Chef program, like the one offered by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Who could resist a program with courses called 'Chocolate Fundamentals' or 'Marzipan Creations'? They sound so tempting - even if they do balance out somewhat with courses like 'Mathematics and Recipe Guidelines' and 'Nutrition and Recipe Modification Application'.

The College of the North Atlantic offers a program in Commercial Cooking which is designed to prepare students for positions as junior cooks in the food industry. Courses cover all kinds of food and food preparation including that of meat and poultry, seafood, shellfish, salads, desserts, soups, stocks and vegetables, and also provide for more administrative courses such as introduction to computers and customer service.

If you already have some basic culinary experience, you might be interested in specialty programs. George Brown College offers a program in Aboriginal Cuisine, and the Vancouver Community College offers a certificate is Chinese Cooking.

What are you waiting for? Get cooking!

George Brown College

College of the North Atlantic

Lambton College

There are lots of other food-related programs listed so if none of these sound quite like what you're looking for, try searching at!

Modified on April 23, 2009