Culinary Skills Program (H134) (previously H112 Culinary Skills - Chef Training)

Culinary Skills
Chef School
St. James Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
September, January, May
Ontario College Certificate
Our mission: the delivery of passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and culinary experience. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, George Brown puts you at the centre of the culinary industry in Canada. Our one-year Culinary Skills certificate program has exactly what you need to begin an exciting career as a chef or cook: top-notch instruction and hands-on practice with professional chefs. They will teach you the fundamentals of ingredients and food preparation, and introduce you to the fascinating world of food culture. You'll gain hands-on experience in our cooking labs and learn about emerging culinary trends such as local and sustainable foods, nutrition, and international influences in our special-focus courses.

Full Program Descriptions


Our one-year Culinary Skills certificate program will teach you the fundamentals of ingredients and food preparation. The key skills you will acquire include:

  • Core cooking and baking skills
  • An appreciation for nutrition, menu planning and food, beverage and labour cost control
  • Solid knife skills and cooking techniques, gained through practice and repetition

This program will broaden your knowledge and give you the chef training you need to succeed in today’s food service industry.

Program Schedule

The schedule for the Culinary Skills program currently operates from Monday to Friday. In addition, some classes may begin at 7 a.m. and others may run until 10 p.m.

Part Time Study Options  

Do you work during the day? Are you looking for a flexible schedule or do you need to make up a course? Continuing Education offers this complete certificate in evening and weekend courses throughout the year. When you complete this certificate through Continuing Education, you are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the second year of the Culinary Management full-time program. For details, please visit, email or call 416-415-5000, ext. 2517.

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
HOSF1255 Nutrition Fundamentals from a Culinary Perspective
HOSF 1002 Baking & Pastry for Cooks
HOSF1184 Cafe Production
HOSF1185 Fundamentals of Butchery
HOSF1202 Culinary Foundations
HOSF1203 Culinary Essentials
HOSF1029 Theory of Food I
HOSF1146 Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR (weekend course)
MATH1102 Mathematics for Hospitality**
COMM1007 College English**
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course name
HOSF1166 Foods of the World
HOSF1204 Culinary Principles
HOSF1205 Culinary Concepts
HOSF1031 Theory of Food II
HOST1005 Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Control
HOSF1256 Art of Eating and Dining
HOST1126 Career Preparation
GNED General Education Elective

*Approximately $100 is required to cover your dining expenses at three of our industry partners’ restaurants.

** Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. You may also be required to take MATH 1000 (Math Foundations) before progressing to MATH 1102 (Mathematics for Hospitality). COMM 1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1000 do not count as courses required for graduation and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please visit for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Chef Showing Food

Toronto alone has more than 9,000 restaurants, hotel dining rooms, cafés and eateries, as well as numerous clubs, resorts, spas and catering companies. The culinary skills you learn at George Brown are in demand by employers both in Canada and internationally, and you will have the training to build a successful career at home or around the world.​

Future Study Options 

Graduates may qualify for direct entry to the second year of the Culinary Management diploma program. Please contact the program co-ordinator for further information.

Tuition and Fees


$6,028.00 * †

Additional Cost 

Additional Cost

Description Cost
Uniform $290
Knives and small wares $500-$700
Books** $400
Black safety shoes $100-$140

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

** First semester material fee includes the Gisslen Professional Cooking e-text and Nutrition e-text.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

Applicants not meeting the academic requirements may also qualify for admission through completion of the Hospitality Services (Pre-Hospitality) program (H101) with an overall grade point average of 3.0. There are a limited number of seats available and admission is not guaranteed.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Health Policy  

Students should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances. However, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

Student Success

Success Stories  

Crystal and Celeste CeresBorn and raised in Toronto, this unstoppable sister duo can definitely stand the heat in the kitchen. As Alumni in the Culinary Skills program, these sisters took their love for food to another level. Crystal and Celeste Ceres founded Sacraspice, a charity that delivers cooking workshops to teach young people essential culinary skills. The two decided to start the charity after seeing an evident need for food education amongst youth. They spread the motto of Bringing Healthy Back, which bridges the intersections between food, community, and physical and mental health.

Crystal & Celeste Ceres (Graduates, 2016, Culinary Skills Program)  

Robin Dutt"The facilities were top notch and the teaching chefs played an amazing balancing game between strong discipline to ensure proper techniques and a nurturing environment to develop creativity. George Brown enabled me to find cooking opportunities in Montreal, followed by a highly influential period at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. I've been able to pick up contracts that have taken me all the way from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and a handful of places in between."

Robin Dutt (Graduate, Culinary Skills Program)

"Although I had some ability in the kitchen, it wasn't until I attended George Brown that I got a chance to refine and practice my craft. I learned not only how to cook better, but to cook more efficiently, faster and cleaner. To basically be a professional. It wasn't only about the honing the skills of your hands, but to help organize your mind, to think like a chef."

Steven Nguyen (Graduate, Culinary Skills Program)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Jason Inniss, Program Co-ordinator, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, at 416-415-5000, ext. 3332 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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

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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.