Honours Bachelor of Food Studies Program (H317)

  • Program Name:
    Honours Bachelor of Food Studies
  • Code: H317
  • Credential:
    Honours Bachelor's Degree
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    4 years (8 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Chef School
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $9,112.00* †
  • Experiential Learning:

    The Honours Bachelor of Food Studies embraces experiential learning as a key component of the program delivery. Students will have a variety of opportunities to examine activities in the community, take field trips in the surrounding area, and complete two 16-hour community-engaged learning placements as part of their coursework.

  • Spring 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Not Running

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Leadership Claims

The first four-year Honours Bachelor of Food Studies degree in Canada combining culinary arts and a comprehensive food studies curriculum.

Program Overview

Food choices are no longer about what we will have for dinner. Behind those choices are the biggest challenges of our time: How do we address chronic disease, waste, climate change, rapid urbanization, technological change, hunger and inequity? Everyone in the food sector must deal with these challenges and opportunities; this is the world that the next generation of food workers is entering. The Honours Bachelor of Food Studies degree program will bring a new focus on justice and equity, sustainability and health, and a new awareness of how these societal issues can be analyzed and resolved.

Full Description

The food sector is always changing, particularly when it comes to hospitality and culinary arts. This constant change has reinforced the need for a more holistic approach to culinary education – one that allows students to examine the food system while mastering a variety of culinary techniques.

The Honours Bachelor of Food Studies program provides the food leaders of tomorrow with the skills, insights and knowledge to succeed in this rapidly changing field. It offers extensive career pathways for foodservice professionals, while providing the food sector with leaders who can thrive in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Graduates will be positioned to succeed in a wide range of food-related occupations including roles in culinary, education, tourism, recreation, health, food security, sustainability, economic development, agriculture, public policy and research. There are growing opportunities for careers informed by both culinary experience and versatile critical thinking.

Toronto provides a unique setting for this program because of its wealth of multicultural and Indigenous food traditions. In the classroom and beyond, students will be introduced to the vibrant world of food in a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Students will participate in a paid co-op placement focused on the application of culinary and food animation skills. In addition, throughout the program, selected courses will include community-engaged learning opportunities. 

Your Field Education Options

Take part in a unique and robust externship. George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue independent industry work experience opportunities they believe will 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 resumé.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College strives to provide learning opportunities with real-world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the interconnected structures and functions of food systems at the local, national and international levels.
  2. Analyze social, cultural, political and environmental influences on current and emerging food-related theory, policy and practice.
  3. Recommend informed responses to both practical and scholarly issues and challenges using insights from food systems theory and the study of global cuisine.
  4. Acquire foundational culinary skill proficiency and operational knowledge appropriate to entry into the culinary industry.
  5. Integrate a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems perspective into culinary theory and practice.
  6. Construct coherent arguments to address debates within the broad field of food studies.
  7. Appraise research methodologies used across disciplines related to food studies.
  8. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats appropriate to academic, government, non-profit, business and media environments.
  9. Articulate how uncertainty, ambiguity and limits to knowledge influence perception and interpretation of debates in food studies and consider issues from multiple perspectives.
  10. Demonstrate curiosity, initiative, integrity, collaboration, and social responsibility in personal and professional settings related to food.


Required Courses


Code Course Name
HOSF1304 Introduction to Food Studies I (Smart Serve Certificate included)
HOSF1267 Culinary Skills I
HOSF1269 Gastronomic Theory I (Sanitation Certificate included)
HOSF1305 Communicating About Food
HOSF2305 Food and Beverage Cost Control
HOSF1146 Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR (weekend course)


Code Course Name
HOSF1306 Introduction to Food Studies II
HOSF1283 Butchery and Café Production
HOSF1293 Culinary Skills II
HOSF1295 Gastronomic Theory II (WHMIS Certificate included)
HOSF1302 Food Literacy
Lower Liberal Studies Elective  


Code Course Name
HOSF2303 Food for Special Events
HOSF2307 Patisserie Production Management
HOSF2308 Food from the Land
HOSF2310 Food Studies Research Methods
Lower Liberal Studies Elective  


Code Course Name
HOSF2402 Essential Flavours of the Modern Kitchen
HOSF2403 Food from the Sea
HOSF2405 Indigenous Food Traditions
HOSF2409 Food Movements
Lower Liberal Studies Elective  

Work experience scheduled between semesters 4 and 5.


Code Course Name
HOSF3502 Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Policy
HOSF3504 Food Policy and Law
HOSF3506 The Evolving Kitchen
HOSF3508 Global Food and Beverage History
Lower Liberal Studies Elective  


Code Course Name
HOSF3606 Food and the Non-Profit Sector
HOSF3509 Sustainability in Food Service
HOSF3607 Sustainable Consumption
HOSF3608 Canadian Food History and Culture
Upper Liberal Studies Elective  


Code Course Name
HOSF4702 Global Food Politics
HOSF4704 Food, Equity, and the City
HOSF4706 Chefs as Agents of Change
HOSF4708 Capstone I (Food Studies)
Upper Liberal Studies Elective  


Code Course Name
HOSF4802 Special Topics in Food Studies
HOSF4806 Strategies for the Black Box
HOSF4809 Capstone II (Food Studies)
HOSF4810 The Future of Food
Upper Liberal Studies Elective  

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

The Honours Bachelor of Food Studies opens doors to diverse career pathways in the kitchen and beyond. Completion of this program will demonstrate your commitment to both culinary arts and understanding issues throughout the entire food system, distinguishing you from other chefs. The culinary skills you learn at George Brown are in demand by employers across Canada and internationally, and you will have the training to build a successful career at home and around the world.

While some degree graduates may start their careers in an entry-level position, they will have the knowledge and skills to advance their career pathways. Depending on the graduate’s focus and level of experience, possible career pathways include:

Employment Area

Possible Career Paths


  • Food product developer
  • Product development
  • Food writer
  • Food blogger
  • Food journalist
  • Market researcher
  • Menu designer
  • Executive Chef, Chef, Sous Chef, Chef de Parti
  • Caterer

Community and nonprofit organizations

  • Program coordinator
  • Culinary consultant
  • Researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing


  • Public health
  • Community consultation
  • Policy advisor
  • Research analyst


  • School Food Program Coordinator
  • Community Workshop Coordinator

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program will be prepared to continue their studies post-degree in master's programs in the fields of Environmental Studies, Food Policy, Justice Studies, Public Health, Gastronomy, Education, Community Development, Communication and Media Studies.

Graduates may also be eligible for direct entry into the Culinary Arts – Italian and French pastry programs and Food and Nutrition Management program.

Please contact the program coordinator for further information.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$9,112.00* †

Additional Costs

† Additional Cost

View the Full Equipment List (PDF)

Description Cost
Uniform $290
Knives and small wares $500-$700
Books $500-$1000
Black safety shoes $110-$160

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2021 and at later dates.

Fees for this program do not include the cost of the co-op work term.

‡ Students should also expect to pay approximately $500 for textbooks and $100 for field trips and industry site visits per semester. International students please check with the International Centre at 416-415-5000, ext. 2115.

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.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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.

How to Qualify and Apply

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 (OSSD) or equivalent with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses, including Grade 12 (U) English
  • English Grade 12 (U) with a grade of 65% or higher
  • An overall average of 65% in the six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses


Mature student status (19 years of age or older with no OSSD)***

  • Grade 12 (U) English with a grade of 65% or higher
  • Post-secondary courses in English will be considered (certain courses only)

***There is no mature testing in the required credits for degree programs. Mature applicants must have the English credit required. Mature student applicants who require Grade 12 University (U) credits for their application to a degree program may consider completing our GBC Degree Preparation (U-level) Course at no extra cost. Additional information on where and how to upgrade can be found on the English upgrading page.

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.

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a 7-year term starting December 21, 2020. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

English language proficiency

George Brown College ESL level 9; TOEFL 84 overall and 21 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60).

Proficiency in English communication is necessary for success in this program.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

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 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 chcastudentsupport@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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

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