Culinary Skills (Preparatory Training) Program (A110) (previously A105 Assistant Cook)

Culinary Skills
School of Work and College Preparation
St. James Campus
2 semesters
Ontario College Certificate
This unique program provides people who have a history of addiction and/or mental health issues with the opportunity to receive training and employment in the food service industry. The program is designed for students who see work as part of their recovery process. The goal of this program is to help people with barriers to training and employment take the first steps towards a job in Toronto’s food industry.

Full Program Descriptions


Augmented Education is a training and employment support model developed by George Brown College and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The Culinary Skills program is one of two Augmented Education programs currently offered at George Brown College.

This employment-focused program offers people with a history of mental illness and/or addiction, who see work as part of the recovery process, the choice and the opportunity to receive training and employment in the food service industry.

The goal of the program is to help people recovering from addiction and/or mental illness take the first steps toward a job in Toronto’s food service industry. There are no fees for this program.

This innovative program includes classroom and kitchen lab instruction, 150 hours of work placement, and workshops.

Class and kitchen lab time is approximately 30 to 35 hours per week, with support and tutoring available from program coaches.

A105 Man in Chef Hatman cooking

Field Education 

Program includes classroom and kitchen lab instruction, 150 hours of work placement, and workshops.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1233 Baking Pastry and Theory – Basic
HOSF1002 Baking and Pastry for Cooks
HOSF1202 Culinary Foundations
HOSF1029 Theory of Food
HOSF1145 Sanitation
HOSF1237 Field Integration/Workshops I
HOSF1146 Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR
MATH1000 Mathematics Foundations for Hospitality
MATH1102 Math for Hospitality


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1185 Fundamentals of Butchery
HOSF1203 Culinary Essentials
HOSF1241 Field Integration/Workshops II
HOSF1242 Baking Techniques II
HOST1005 Food Beverage and Labour Cost Control
HOSF1244 Work Placement
HOSF1255 Nutrition and Lifestyle
HOSF1184 Cafe Production

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Successful participants will be qualified for entry-level food preparation jobs in commercial food service, cafeterias, fast food outlets, restaurants and catering operations.

Tuition and Fees


This program is free for participants.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Mental Health and/or Addictions History
  • Mature student status (19 years of age or older)

Intake process involves all of the following:

  1. Application completion
  2. Academic assessment
  3. Skills assessment
  4. Interview

Course Exemptions

Due to the nature of this employment focused program, it is only offered in block format and as such cannot accommodate course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

For an application package, call the Augmented Education office at 416-415-5000, ext. 6790 or email a request to

Pour des services en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous au 416-415-5000, poste 3111 ou par courriel à

Apply To  

Contact Augmented Education | 416-415-5000 x 6790 |

Student Success

Success Stories  

Here's what two Culinary Skills students had to say about their experience in the program:

"Last year around this time, I was literally depressed and recovering from psychosis. The future seemed grim. Although I had a successful academic career, I was unemployed. Enter the Culinary Skills preparatory program. The Culinary Skills program has taught me more than a few great recipes. I’ve learned to appreciate the hard work cooks do. Culinary Skills has taught me [that] when things seem bleak, if you hang on and, most importantly, are receptive to help, good things will happen."

"On New Year’s Eve my future appeared to me the same way it had for years, not exactly dark, certainly not bright, just uniformly grey. There was no suggestion or even hint that a career was on the horizon. I had given up on that dream years ago. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and George Brown College are to be congratulated and thanked for this brilliant and successful program. The Chefs are simply outstanding examples of their profession, and I am honoured to be their student. One day I hope to be a Chef myself, and when that day comes it will be because their skills, talents and wisdom inspired it."


Contact Us

Contact Us  

For more information or to receive an application package, contact the Augmented Education program office at 416-415-5000, ext. 6790, or send an email request to

Pour des services en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous au 416-415-5000, poste 3111 ou par courriel à

For more information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

Thinking about attending George Brown? The Culinary skills program is taught at our St. James Campus at 300 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, Ontario.

Information sessions for Culinary Skills are held regularly at the Hospitality Building at George Brown College. Sign up!

Book a general campus tour to see the common areas of the campus (i.e. cafeteria, student services, the gym, etc.). Choose "Work and College Preparation" as your area of interest.

You can also explore our virtual tour.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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