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Culinary Skills

Available at: Kingston


The exciting and growing world of culinary arts offers talented and committed individuals a wide spectrum of opportunity. In Canada, or internationally, skilled chefs are in high demand. Whether in a leading edge restaurant, hotel or product development kitchen, a rewarding career awaits the prepared and qualified. This certificate level program will provide graduates with the skills and training needed to achieve solid entry level positions in the professional culinary industry.

Students enrolled in this Certificate Program will launch their career as a Cook at the Level 1 apprenticeship. They will learn the entry level aspects of food production through demonstrations by culinary professionals, followed by hands-on practice.

Additional areas of study include basic nutrition, kitchen management and fundamental food and labour controls. The student acquires a solid foundation in the culinary skills essential to success in today’s professional food service industry. 



Career Opportunities

This program is suited to those who wish to enter the institutional food service sector as a basic cook. Areas of employment would include nursing and retirement homes (additional certification required), hospitals, summer camps, day cares, cafeteria food services and chain establishments. This program includes the complete in-school portion of the basic apprentice cook certification.

Essence Dining Room

Essence Dining Room

First- and second-year students embrace real-life learning by running Essence, an on-campus restaurant, for three semesters. Enjoy great foods from around the world at fantastic prices at Essence Dining Room, operated by students on the Kingston campus. Enjoy three-course lunches or five-course dinners. Open to students, staff and the general public. This culinary teaching environment benefits our students immensely by giving them hands-on experience. Click here to learn more about Essence.

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Program Name

Culinary Skills

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 Tuition fee is $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $1,767.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fee is $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $2,441.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Knife kit: $500.00 - $550.00
Uniform package: $150.00 - $175.00
Textbooks: $150.00 - $200.00

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit "Paying for College".

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
CHEF 103 Nutrition
CHEF 104 Culinary Techniques I
CHEF 105 Food Science I
CHEF 106 Baking I - Foundation of Baking
CHEF 107 Culinary Math
CHEF 108 Kitchen Management I

Semester 2
CHEF 201 Menu Planning
CHEF 203 Food Science II
CHEF 204 Culinary Techniques II
CHEF 205 Restaurant Service
CHEF 206 Food Sustainability
CHEF 208 Kitchen Management II
COMM 14 Career Planning and Communications

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:  

  • Grade 12 English at the C, U or E level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    I did not realize how much information, in addition to my actual cooking skills, I would need to become a successful chef. Fortunately, the instructors at SLC knew the business. They were also dedicated to my success. Through their insights and the training I received I have since been promoted.

    Anthony Denard

    Program Contact

    Chef Richard Hendy

    Chef Leslie Leacy

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a College Career Advisor:

    International Students Contact:

    Additional Information


    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.   

    Please be aware that the program standards for the Culinary Skills - Chef Training program (K1004) and the Culinary Management program (K1003) at St Lawrence College in Kingston have been revised by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. These changes will take effect and be implemented for both programs in September, 2017.

    Essence Restaurant

    Enjoy great foods from around the world at fantastic prices at Essence dining room, operated by students on the Kingston campus. Enjoy three course lunches or five course dinners.

    Open to students, staff and the general public.

    This culinary teaching environment benefits our students immensely by giving them a real life experience at ESSENCE restaurant.

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