Professional Cook

Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake
FEES: Estimated at $7,155
START DATE: Spring 2022
  • Alternate Delivery
TRANSFER: Available
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

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.

Governing bodies

Next career steps

Red Seal

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.

Master Chef

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

CULA-150 Professional Cook I 0 28 weeks

Professional Cook Level 2

CULA-250 Professional Cook II 0 14 weeks

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.

Spring 2022 Burns Lake Alternate Delivery 28 weeks

Entry Requirements 

  • “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.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial assistance to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Graduates working in this field are making $30K and $42K per year.

Employment growth increasing

Unemployment rate dropping

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.

International Fees

The estimated cost for this program is $16,767.

This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.


Yearly Salary
For professional cooks, based on 2020 Job Bank Wage data.