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!
Cook Apprentice Program
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This program is currently only available to domestic students.
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 Colleges and Universities (MCU), an apprenticeship is the best way to continue your journey on a promising career path. Upon completion, apprentices return to the 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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) by completing on-the-job and classroom training under the sponsorship of a registered employer.
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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 Colleges and Universities (MCU).
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H601 COOK APPRENTICESHIP – BASIC
|HOSF6161||Sanitation, Safety and Equipment|
|HOSF6123||Business Development – Basic|
|HOSF6124||Kitchen Management – Basic|
|HOSF6125||Food Theory – Basic|
|HOSF6126||Culinary Techniques – Basic|
|HOSF6128||Techniques of Baking – Basic|
H607 COOK APPRENTICESHIP – ADVANCED
|HOSF6133||Business Development – Advanced|
|HOSF6134||Kitchen Management – Advanced|
|HOSF6135||Food Theory – Advanced|
|HOSF6136||Culinary Techniques – Advanced|
|HOSF6138||Techniques of Baking – Advanced|
Detailed course outlines
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 Colleges and Universities (MCU).
Once you pass the certification exam, you'll be ready to pursue a rewarding career as a cook in restaurants, hotel dining rooms, cafés, hospitals, clubs and resorts, spas and catering companies.
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$678.00 (Classroom fee)* +
* Amounts listed is for one level of the program starting in fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2020 and at later dates.
Additional Cost (subject to change)
|Knives and small wares||$500 - $700|
|Books||$400 - $600|
|Black safety shoes||$110 - $160|
+fees for this program do not include Gisslen Professional Cooking e-text and other textbooks.
This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this online 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 fee requirements.
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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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) and have a registered employer sponsor.
** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)
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.
An apprenticeship is a pathway to a rewarding career. Visit Apprenticeship in Ontario to learn more.
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 Colleges and Universities (MCU). 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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If you are a college or university student or graduate, you may be eligible for program transfers or course-to-course transfers. We have transfer agreements with colleges and universities across Canada and internationally.
SUPPORT FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES
With disability documentation you can receive academic accommodations. Contact us for information.
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