Culinary Skills Program (H134)

Program Description

Program Overview

Our one-year Culinary Skills certificate program offers exactly what you need to begin a career as a chef or cook: top-notch instruction and hands-on practice with professional chefs. Our culinary faculty will teach you the fundamentals of food preparation, introduce you to a wide range of ingredients and share with you the fascinating world of food culture. Through our theory-based courses, you’ll learn about emerging and established culinary movements such as local, sustainable, nutrition focus and international cuisines. You’ll gain experience and apply newly learned culinary skills by practising in our hands-on cooking labs, guided, and supported by your chefs.

Full Description

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. Note, some classes may begin at 7 a.m. and others may run until 10 p.m.

George Brown College Chef School Student Standards and Expectations

Note: George Brown College has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. As a result, we no longer have computer lab classrooms. For classes that require computers, students will need to bring their own laptops. Our Library Learning Commons offers open access computers as well as equipment that can be borrowed on a short-term basis. For more information, please contact The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Toronto alone has more than 9,000 restaurants, hotel dining rooms, cafés, eateries, 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.

Educational Pathways

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.

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

Latest alumni stories 

Born and raised in Toronto, this unstoppable sister duo can definitely stand the heat in the kitchen. As alumni of 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
Ontario College Certificate

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