Cook - Apprenticeship

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0336/0439
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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.

Learn more about Apprenticeship in Ontario. For start dates, contact the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office in your area.

Program Details

Code 0336/0439
Start Date September
Credential Statement of Achievement/College Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length Day Release Delivery format (3 days/week)
Delivery Apprenticeship
For start dates, contact the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office in your area.

Program Highlights

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. 

Ministry of Ontario Offices

Ministry Website: Cook Apprentice

Cook Apprentice The Next Step: Red Seal Certification

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.


Admission Requirements

The apprentice must be: 


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.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

  • 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
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Catering companies
  • Conference centres
  • Bakeries
  • Retirement living
  • Cruise ships
  • Prisons
  • Cafeterias
  • 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

Other Information

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

How to Start 

Contact your local office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development:

299 Concession Street, Suite 201,
Kingston, Ontario,
K7K 2B9
Tel: 613-548-1151
or 1-866-973-4043
Fax: 613-548-4120

135 North Front St
Belleville, Ontario, 
K8P 3B5
Tel: 613-968-5558 
or 1-800-953-6885 
Fax: 613-968-2364

132 Second Street East, Suite 202,
Cornwall, Ontario,
K6H 1Y4
Tel: 613-938-9702
or 1-877-668-6604
Fax: 613-938-6627 

Program Contacts

Program Contact

Chef Richard Hendy
613.544.5400 ext. 1395

Chef Leslie Leacy
613.544.5400 ext. 1027

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting