This program includes all of the in-school training requirements to complete the Cook Apprenticeship Program, as defined by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
This program is open only to individuals who are currently working in the industry, have been sponsored by their employer as a registered cook apprentice, and who are working towards obtaining their Provincial Certificate of Qualification.
This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
Apprenticeship training is recognized as one of the most efficient methods of training and educating skilled tradespersons. Flexible in-school training options are necessary to meet the specific needs of apprentices and their training sponsor or employer. Apprentices learn to become qualified tradespeople or “journeypersons” while sponsors or employers gain highly skilled employees with current knowledge and work techniques.
Students that attend culinary programs at St. Lawrence College (SLC) are taught by talented and dedicated chefs that experience working at four and five-star hotels, Michelin star restaurants, and large catering companies around the world. Small class sizes at SLC ensure cook apprentices get the individual attention they deserve.
Essence Dining Room: real-life experience right on campus
First and second-year apprentices embrace real-life learning by running the on-campus restaurant Essence Dining Room. First-year level one apprentices create three-course lunches for the college personnel and the general public in their second semester. Second-year level two apprentices create high-quality lunches and dinners in semesters three and four. Essence Dining Room motivates apprentices learning and empowers confidence in a safe instructional environment.
When you have graduated from the Level 1 Cook Apprenticeship course or the Level 2 Cook Apprenticeship course you will have completed all of the theoretical requirements for the Cook Apprenticeship program in Ontario.
During your employment with your chosen employer you can work towards obtaining the provincial designation of “Cook” by completing the practical portion of the Cook Apprenticeship program and challenge the red seal examination through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
The apprentice must be:
- Sponsored by an employer
- Registered with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
- Registered with the Ontario College of Trades
Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.
- Prep cook
- Line cook/commis chef
- Pastry cook
- Breakfast cook
- Personal chef
- Food writer/critic
- Food photographer
- Kitchen, restaurant, or recipe designer
- Food truck owner
- Catering companies
- Conference centres
- Retirement living
- Cruise ships
- Airline catering
Our graduates have found jobs at the following local establishments in Kingston:
- Bread and Butter Bakery and Toast and Jam Restaurant
- Aqua Terra Restaurant
- Pan Chancho Bakery and Chez Piggy Restaurant
- Black Dog Catering Company
- Woodenheads Restaurant
- Casa Domenico Restaurant
- Olivea Restaurant
- Tango Neuvo Restaurant
- The Rustic Spud Restaurant
- Bella Bistro
- The Keg Restaurant
- Milestones Restaurant
- Bustini’s Catering Company
Graduates have also gone on to find employment in establishments across Canada and around the world, including:
- Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa
- Fairmont Hotels, Bermuda
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, Banff, Alberta
70% of instruction occurs in the training kitchens with hands-on direction from senior chef professors. Apprentices learn the skills needed for career success and advancement. Ingredients and menu selections are comparable to those used in finer restaurants, hotels and resort establishments. St. Lawrence College provides the academic training, in cooperation with the Apprenticeship and Client Services Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
How to Prepare https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship
How to Start
- Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Ministry Website
- Apprenticeship Incentive Grants ($4000.00) Incentive Grant Website
- Employer Tax Credits Job Creation Tax Credit for Employers
- College of Trades College of Trades Website
- Red Seal Examination Examples Red Seal Website
Contact your local office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development:
299 Concession Street, Suite 201,
135 North Front St
132 Second Street East, Suite 202,
Chef Richard Hendy
613.544.5400 ext. 1395
Chef Leslie Leacy
613.544.5400 ext. 1027
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting