Culinary Arts - Italian (Postgraduate) Program (H411)

Culinary Arts – Italian
Chef School
St. James Campus
3 semesters
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Our mission: The delivery of passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and culinary experience. We are anchored in the heart of the Canadian hospitality and culinary industry but with global reach and influence. This is the place for discovering unmatched opportunities for exceptional graduates. You want to really learn Italian cooking? Join this specialized Italian food and culture program, learn from the experts here in Canada and live, learn and work in Italy too! Acquire the techniques that make Italian cuisine famous around the world. Experience the special connection between food and life in Italy. Embrace the kitchen experiences and courses in Italian art and culture that will deepen your understanding of this great tradition. The Culinary Arts – Italian postgraduate program delivers this and more.

Full Program Description



You want to really learn Italian cooking? Join this specialized Italian food and culture program, learn from the experts here in Canada and live, learn and work in Italy too! Acquire the techniques that make Italian cuisine famous around the world. Experience the special connection between food and life in Italy. Embrace the kitchen experiences and courses in Italian art and culture that will deepen your understanding of this great tradition. The Culinary Arts – Italian postgraduate program delivers this and more.

Through this program, you will:

  • Experience hands-on learning in both Canada and Italy with the pre-eminent Italian chef professors in the country.
  • Build your knowledge of Italian culinary traditions and embrace emerging trends in Italian cuisine.
  • Benefit from our partnership with ALMA, the world-famous Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, near Parma, Italy, which is one of Italy’s finest chef schools.
  • Experience the vineyards, cheese producers and local markets of Italy as your open-air classroom.
  • Study in some of the best restaurants and hotels, where you will get attention, training and an inspiring experience.

You will put theory into practice as you are showcased alongside Italian top talent and serve discerning urban diners in the heart of Toronto’s culinary scene.

After your experiences in Italy, showcase what you’ve learned through events and placements at this city’s top Italian restaurants. This program has a long-standing reputation for excellence among Italian restaurateurs in Toronto and beyond, which will make you a sought-after employee when you graduate. “Che bello.”

To get a taste of this exciting program, check out our interactive Italian Culinary Arts flipbook.

Program Schedule
The schedule for Culinary Arts Italian (Postgraduate) program currently operates from Monday to Friday. In addition, some classes could begin at 7 a.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers evening courses in Culinary Arts. For the Continuing Education Course Guide, visit the Culinary Arts section at or contact or 416-415-5000, ext. 2517.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. 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. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1150 Italian Art and Culture
HOSF1151 Italian Language
HOSF1152 Fundamentals of Italian Cooking – Theory and Practical
HOSF1153 Dynamics of Italian Food and Wine
HOSF1154 Italian Pastry


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1164 Italian Externship – Stage (12 weeks)
HOSF4016 Italian Culinary Cuisine Concepts
HOSF4017 Fundamentals of Italian Cooking II
HOSF4018 Italian Product Knowledge 


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1170 The Slow Food Experience
HOSF1173 Integrated Marketing Management for Restaurant Operations
HOSF1174 Fundamentals of Italian Cooking II - Capstone Evaluation


General Education Electives

The course curriculum is continually being enhanced and courses may be modified. Changes are pending Ministry approval. Please check for the most up-to-date information.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

A knowledge of Italian cooking opens up an abundance of opportunities in Toronto, which has the largest Italian population of any city outside Italy, and around the world. Wherever you go, there are Italian restaurants, many specializing in one of the regional variations of Italian cuisine. All these options mean you’ll have a dynamic and varied career.

Tuition and Fees


$10,808.00 * ‡

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, ancillary fees , student service and materials includes (daily classes, tours and accommodation at ALMA Cooking School) for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

Additional Cost

Description Cost
Uniform $250
Knives and small wares $300-$600
Italian language books and manuals $150
Black safety shoes $80-$150
Airfare to Italy(approximate) $1300-$1600
Visa fee (approximate) $75-$85

†(approximate) based on exchange rate, applicable taxes, double occupancy & airport transfer.

** First semester material fee includes Culinary & Bake manuals.

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

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Management


  • One-year certificate in Culinary Skills Program or Advanced Cook certification AND a minimum of one-year relevant work experience (resume required)

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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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  

After deciding to pursue a long-term interest in the restaurant industry, Sonya Franceschini was immediately drawn to the Culinary Arts – Italian program at George Brown, the only one of its kind in Ontario.

The reputation of the George Brown Chef School appealed to her, as did the four-month externship in Italy that comprises the second semester of the program.

After being accepted into the program and starting school, Sonya was struck by how small and well organized the classes were. “It was a highly professional atmosphere,” she says. “And because it’s a postgraduate program, everyone was really enthusiastic to be there.”

Sonya Franceschini (Graduate 2003, Culinary Arts – Italian)

"Never would I have thought that this program would change my life forever. Till this day I recommend this program to people who are willing to push themselves to the limit as a cook. When this program started, it was a non-stop push, from high intensity cooking classes, to language building and wine tasting. I always refer it to 'cooking boot camp,' which is what I needed as a young cook. Chef Tomaselli was the perfect person to break me down and mold me to be prepared for my journey to come.

The second semester consisted of working four months in Italy, spending the first three weeks in ALMA Scuola di Cucina where we learned how to cook classic modern Italian food from some of the best chefs in Italy. It was no joke when we were in the kitchen; the quality of products was amazing, which is why food was taken so seriously when we would cook. The passion, love and emotion from not just the chefs but the people there was amazing to witness. Our class was also lucky to visit wineries, farms, markets and amazing restaurants.

As I returned to Canada to finish my last semester, I had the chance to work at The Chefs’ House, where I had the pleasure to work under Chef Bennett, Chef Li and Chef Chelston. It was at The Chefs’ House where I was able to create and execute a four-course tasting menu inspired by my time in Italy. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work for my last placement as I learned many great things that molded me into the cook I am today."

Marvin Palomo (Graduate 2013, Culinary Arts – Italian)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Dario Tomaselli, Program Co-ordinator, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at 416-415-5000, ext. 3317 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m 

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