Our mission is to produce passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban culinary experience. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, George Brown puts you at the centre of the culinary industry in Canada. Develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to succeed as a chef, cook or culinary manager in our two-year Culinary Management diploma program. Demonstrations, lectures, and experiential learning will teach you the fundamental skills you’ll need for a successful career in today’s leading restaurants and culinary industries.

H100 Students preparing food with fellow chefs working in the background


Program name
Culinary Management
Experiential learning
We believe in learning by doing and that is why we have incorporated work integrated learning opportunities into all CHCA programs.
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January, May
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 Opens Dec 2019
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 2020
May 2021 Opens Aug 2020

Full Description

You’ll learn the skills needed to be a successful chef, cook or culinary manager from top-notch industry professionals in our two-year Culinary Management diploma program. In addition, our special-focus culinary management courses will teach you about emerging culinary trends such as local sustainable foods, nutrition and international influences. You will develop the interpersonal skills you’ll need to build a successful career, and the leadership skills you’ll need to run a business. To top it all off, you’ll also complete a unique industry externship program, which will give you a chance to work with experienced chefs and industry leaders.

This program provides the complete in-school portion of the Cook Apprenticeship program of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Program Schedule

The schedule for the Culinary Management 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 the first year of this diploma in evening and weekend courses throughout the year. If you choose to take the first year of this program through Continuing Education, you are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the second year of the full-time program.

Please visit coned.georgebrown.ca for details or contact cehospitality@georgebrown.ca or 416-415-5000, ext. 2517.

Experiential Learning

We believe in learning by doing and that is why we have incorporated work integrated learning opportunities into all CHCA programs.

Your Field Study options

As part of the program you will complete a 14-week industry externship. George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program.

This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume. In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide learning opportunities with real-world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

CHCA students can also participate in several short study abroad opportunities. Our options change often but in recent years have included Peru, Europe, Spain, Costa Rica, India, Thailand and trips right across Canada. Some trips are purely experiential learning, while others provide you with the opportunity to receive credit for a course in your program.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Provide advanced culinary planning, preparation and presentation for a variety of food service environments using a range of classical and contemporary techniques.
  2. Apply basic and advanced food and bake science to food preparation to create the desired end product.
  3. Contribute to and monitor adherence of others to the provision of a well-maintained kitchen environment and to the service of food and beverage products that are free from harmful bacteria or other contaminants, adhering to health, safety, sanitation and food handling regulations.
  4. Ensure the safe operation of the kitchen and all aspects of food preparation to promote healthy workspaces, responsible kitchen management and efficient use of resources.
  5. Create menus that reflect knowledge of nutrition and food ingredients, promote general health and well-being, respond to a range of nutritional needs and preferences, and address modifications for special diets, food allergies and intolerances, as required.
  6. Apply business principles and recognized industry costing and control practices to food service operations to manage and promote a fiscally responsible operation.
  7. Apply knowledge of sustainability, ethical and local food sourcing, and food security to food preparation and kitchen management, recognizing the potential impacts on food production, consumer choice and operations within the foodservice industry.
  8. Select and use technology, including contemporary kitchen equipment, for food production and promotion.
  9. Perform effectively as a member of a food and beverage preparation and service team and contribute to the success of a food-service operation by applying self-management and interpersonal skills.
  10. Develop strategies for continuous personal and professional learning to ensure currency with and responsiveness to emerging culinary techniques, regulations, and practices in the foodservice industry.
  11. Contribute to the development of marketing strategies that promote the successful operation of a food service business.
  12. Contribute to the business management of a variety of food and beverage operations to foster an engaging work environment that reflects service excellence.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse name
HOSF1255Nutrition Fundamentals from a Culinary Perspective
HOSF1184Cafe Production*
HOSF1185Fundamentals of Butchery*
HOSF1202Culinary Foundations*
HOSF1203Culinary Essentials*
HOSF1029Theory of Food I (Sanitation Certificate included)
HOSF1146Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR (weekend course)
COMM1007College English**
MATH1102Mathematics for Hospitality**
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
HOSF1002Baking and Pastry for Cooks*
HOSF1166Foods of the World*
HOSF1204Culinary Principles*
HOSF1205Culinary Concepts*
HOSF1031Theory of Food II (WHMIS Certificate included)
HOST1005Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Control (hybrid)
HOST1126Career Preparation
HOSF1296Introduction to Service And Menu Development* (Smart Serve Certificate included)
HOSF1297The Sustainable Chef*

SEMESTER 3 – Stream 1

semester courses
CodeCourse name
HOSF2064Human Resources* (online)
HOSF2077Marketing* (online)
HOSF2076Industry Mentor/Externship
GNEDGeneral Education Elective (online)

SEMESTER 4 – Stream 2

semester courses
CodeCourse name
HOSF2047Food for Special Events and Catering
HOSF2062Marriage of Food and Wine
HOSF2048Essential Flavours of the Modern Kitchen
HOSF2081Hospitality Leadership and Communication
HOSF2082Business Entrepreneurship/Menu Management
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

* 7-week course

** 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 georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

A world of opportunities awaits you when you graduate. Toronto alone has more than 9,000 restaurants and 200 hotels, as well as numerous clubs, resorts, spas and catering companies. The culinary skills you learn at George Brown Chef School are in demand by employers across Canada and internationally, and you will have the chef training to build a successful career at home or around the world.

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program may be granted advanced standing at leading international universities.

Graduates may also be eligible for direct entry into several George Brown College programs, including Culinary Arts – Italian, Food and Nutrition Management (additional Accounting course required), Advanced French Patisserie and the third year of our Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Culinary Management) program. (Additional courses required.)

See georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.


$5,803.00 * †

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

Additional Cost

Knives and small wares$500-$700
Black safety shoes$110-$160

** 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.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements

Note: Students who start the program in September have the option to fast-track Semester 3 by taking it during spring/summer then completing Semester 4 and graduating within 18 months.

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.

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Success Stories

Sasekea Shakespeare H100 Graduate 2016

"I am extremely grateful to George Brown College that as an international student from Jamaica, I was exposed to classical, contemporary North American and South Asian cuisines. I am very grateful for all the assistance and support provided to me by the chefs and the staff at the International Centre. I am now working at the Delta Hotel as an apprentice cook and I couldn’t have done it without the great mentors at George Brown College."

Sasekea Shakespeare (Graduate 2016, Culinary Management)

Kathlyne Ross

Kathlyne Ross is a graduate of the Culinary Management Program as well as the Italian Culinary Program. She jokes that she gets paid to eat and travel, but the Loblaw Vice-President takes her role as taste trendsetter seriously, travelling internationally in search of new flavours and cuisines. Responsible for strategic direction and vision for Loblaw's President's Choice and other private-label brands, Ross oversees a team of 35 and 9,000 products. Named one of 25 Women Changing the Way We Eat Now by Chatelaine and a Canadian Grocer Star Woman, Ross is a cheese expert and member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. Before joining Loblaw in 2001, Ross worked as a chef in Australia and Ontario.

Kathlyne Ross, Graduate 1994/1995

Contact Us


For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@georgebrown.ca or visit the Admissions web page.


For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits, visas, accommodations or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at international@georgebrown.ca or visit the International Application Process web page.


For inquiries about OSAP, bursaries, scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@georgebrown.ca or visit the Financial Aid web page.


For general Chef School inquiries, please contact chefschool@georgebrown.ca.

For program curriculum inquiries, please contact the Co-ordinator:

Jason Inniss, Program Co-ordinator

Email: jinniss@georgebrown.ca

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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