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. This is the place for discovering unmatched opportunities for exceptional graduates. A Cook Apprenticeship is a great way to go if you want hands-on learning, lots of flexibility and the freedom to earn while you learn!

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Program name
Cook Apprentice Program
Experiential learning
2 - 5 years
Starting month
Open enrolment
George Brown College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Continuous Open Enrollment
Jan. 2019 Continuous Open Enrollment
May 2019 Continuous Open Enrollment
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

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Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. Administered by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, an apprenticeship is the best way to continue your journey on a promising career path. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry more confident and with an updated skill set that prepares them for greater job opportunities.

If you already have practical experience as a cook, you can:

  • Build upon your work experience.
  • Experience hands-on training and learn the related theory in an innovative program that fits within your work schedule.
  • Get the qualifications you need without taking a long-term absence from your job.

Cook apprentices learn a skilled occupation by combining in-school courses with paid on-the-job training.

There are two levels of in-school training (H601 and H607) in the Cook Apprenticeship program:

  • Level I: Learn the fundamental culinary skills and theories required to be a cook in a modern kitchen. There will also be a focus on management practices such as kitchen management and business development.
  • Level II: Develop advanced culinary skills, as well as the management practices required to become a leader in the kitchen.

You can earn your official Red Seal certification as a Cook from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities by completing on-the-job and classroom training under the sponsorship of a registered employer.

Part Time Study Options

We also offer evening and weekend courses in Culinary Arts. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at http://coned.georgebrown.ca

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Experiential Learning


Your Field Study options

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. Administered by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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 georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOSF6161Sanitation, Safety and Equipment
HOSF6143Basic Nutrition
HOSF6123Business Development – Basic
HOSF6124Kitchen Management – Basic
HOSF6125Food Theory – Basic
HOSF6126Culinary Techniques – Basic
HOSF6127Bake Theory
HOSF6128Techniques of Baking – Basic


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOSF6133Business Development – Advanced
HOSF6134Kitchen Management – Advanced
HOSF6135Food Theory – Advanced
HOSF6136Culinary Techniques – Advanced
HOSF6138Techniques of Baking – Advanced

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

George Brown College has an international reputation for producing talented and creative culinary graduates who are working on the cutting edge of the industry all around the world. Many of our Cook Apprentice graduates have gone on to higher levels of chef certification and prestigious positions in the industry. This program gives you all the preparation you need to write the exam for official Red Seal certification as a Cook from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Once you pass the certification exam, you’ll be ready to begin a rewarding career as a cook in restaurants, hotel dining rooms, cafés, hospitals, clubs and resorts, spas and catering companies.


$678.00* (Classroom fee)

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed is for one level of the program starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

Additional Cost

Knives and small wares$500 - $700
Books$400 - $600
Black safety shoes$100 - $140


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 (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • You must be registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and have a registered employer sponsor.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions

Certain Ontario Academic Credit (OAC), college or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Many courses are also eligible for prior learning assessment, based on your previous education and experiential learning. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

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.

How Do I Apply to the Program

You must be registered as a Cook Apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and have a registered employer sponsor and at least one year of industry experience. You must also have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with credits at or above the general level, or qualify for mature student status.

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An apprenticeship is a pathway to a rewarding career. Visit Apprenticeship in Ontario to learn more.

Contact Us

Contact Brenda Torrens, Program Co-ordinator, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at 416-415-5000, ext.3370.

E-mail: btorrens@georgebrown.ca or chefschool@georgebrown.ca

For admission requirements and fees, see your local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Apprenticeship) office. Visit the Toronto office at 625 Church St. or call 416-326-5800.

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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