Cook (Entry)

Duration: 32 weeks plus 2 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The 9-month Cook Diploma program is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship curriculum that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety and hygiene, vegetables, meats, fruits and nuts, rices and grains, seafood and deserts as well as many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and one of our professional kitchens. After completing the academic portion of the program students will complete a 2 week work-term under the supervision of a professional cook.

Program Courses

  • Basic Cooking Methods and Principles
  • Bread Products
  • Food Presentation
  • Cookies
  • Fruits
  • Cook Math Fundamentals
  • Health and Safety
  • Fish
  • Kitchen Tools and Equipment
  • Dairy Products
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Sauces
  • Pastas and Dumplings
  • Math Essentials
  • Personal Hygiene and Kitchen Sanitation
  • Seafood
  • Potatoes
  • Basic Cakes and Quick Breads
  • Pulses, Grains and Nuts
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Receiving and Storage
  • Introduction to Baking
  • Salads and Salad Dressings
  • Communication Essentials
  • Sandwiches
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Soups
  • Workplace Exposure
  • Standard First Aid
  • Beef and Pork
  • Stocks and Glazes
  • Computer Essentials
  • The Professional Cook
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables and Fungi
  • Pies, Tarts, Flans and Fillings
  • Weights and Measures
  • Breakfast Cookery and Eggs
  • Principles of Meat Cooking and Handling

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Cook program, graduates may be employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions, and other establishments. Cooks are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites. Students will gain valuable hands-on training throughout their program and will be ready for immediate entry into the work force upon graduation. A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

  • Marriott Hotels
  • Glynmill Inn
  • Columbus Club
  • Red Oak Catering
  • Rufus Ginchard Health Center
  • Fairmont Hotels
  • Holiday Inn
  • Jingle Jims
  • Marble Mountain
  • Gitanos’

Discover where a job in the Canadian Armed Forces can take you!

The Cook program is Canadian Armed Forced recognized as meeting the requirements for entering into a job in the CAF.

Students who graduate from the Cook program may receive advanced standing in the Canadian Armed Forces, which means a higher pay rate relative to CAF members who have not graduated from a CAF-recognized program.

Watch a video about the Cook occupation with the CAF and apply today!

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Bernie Ann Ezekiel Featured on October 5, 2018 edition of CBC “Here and Now”

On October 5, 2018, Harding Road Campus Cook Instructor, Bernie Ann Ezekiel, was featured on CBC’s “Here and Now”. She gave safety tips for preparing delicious Thanksgiving Meals around 40:43 into this...

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