Enter the world of culinary arts
Craving to get in a fast-paced and rewarding career that will also let you express your creativity and passion for food? CNC’s Professional Cook program is the perfect fit for you.
Past graduates found jobs at hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and local restaurants. Some have even opened their own pubs, restaurants and bars.
Next career steps
A Professional Cook 3 will have met all of the requirements of the national Red Seal standard for Cook. Professional Cook 3 can be taken or challenged through the Industry Training Authority.
Certified Chef de Cuisine
Red Seal cooks are eligible to become members of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF) and enroll in the Certified Chef de Cuisine program. To enrol you need to be a Red Seal cook for at least five years, and a CCF member to enter their program.
The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF) in coordination with the Canadian Culinary Institute offers the Master Chef program. It is the highest Chef designation in Canada.
Professional Cook Courses
Fast-paced and rewarding, a career as a professional cook lets you express your creativity. You'll find jobs at hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and local restaurants. You might even own your own restaurant one day.
Professional Cook Level 1 Program
Professional Cook Level 2
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
||Indigenous Professional Cook - 7 months
||28 weeks (Level 1)
||28 weeks (Level 1): 14 weeks (Level 2); 6 weeks (Level 3);
- “C” grade or higher in one of the following: English 10, or Communications 11, or English 030 or equivalent
- “C” grade or higher in one of the following: Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10,or Math 041,or Math 030, or equivalent
- And Valid FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate, OR equivalent
In addition to the minimum requirements, it is suggested that anyone planning to apply to this program acquire some background by taking Foods 11 and 12 and Career Preparation/ Hospitality Foods or Cafeteria 11 and 12. It is also advisable to have recent work experience in a kitchen.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost for this program is $7,155.
- Tuition: $3,557
- Student fees: $1,338
- Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260
- Books and supplies: $2,000
These costs are an estimate. Costs may change without notice. Student tuition and fees vary by campus.
Supplies for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Salaries and employment
Graduates working in this field are making $11K — $33K per year.
Employment growth increasing
Unemployment rate dropping
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.
The estimated cost for this program is $15,960.
This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.