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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. 

Click here to see our labs (360 videos)! 


Career Opportunities

This program is suited to those who wish to work as a 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.

Program Name

Culinary Skills

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

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 2020-21

Semester 1
CHEF 103 Nutrition
CHEF 104 Culinary Techniques 1
CHEF 105 Food Science 1
CHEF 106 Baking 1: Foundations of Baking
CHEF 107 Culinary Math
CHEF 108 Kitchen Management 1

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

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    Health Requirements


    I observe students' enthusiasm in week one, their passion in week two and their triumph on graduation day. This proves I have the greatest job in the world.

    Richard Hendy, Co-Coordinator, Culinary Programs at St. Lawrence College

    Program Contact

    Chef Richard Hendy

    Chef Leslie Leacy

    Admissions Information

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    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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