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Culinary Skills

Credential: Ontario College CertificateProgram Code: 14071Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Professional Industry Standards

Once enrolled in the program, you will follow professional industry standards for decorum, uniform, hygiene and personal presentation. Practical courses, which take place in a lab, have strict uniform and attendance standards and policies which are mandatory for successful completion of the course. It is mandatory to wear a Humber-issued chef uniform in practical lab classes in this program. Admittance to these classes is not permitted if you are not in uniform. The cost for the uniform has been added to your first semester tuition fees. In order for the uniform to be available for the first day of class, students must submit their size requirements via an online order form.

Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,485.46
  • international: $14,992.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,742.73 $7,496.00
Tuition $1,351.41 $6,104.68
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $865.48 $865.48
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,377.25 $7,496.00
Tuition $1,351.41 $6,470.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $500.00 $500.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

$100 – safety shoes; $400 – knife and tool kit; $300 – textbooks, manuals (for two semesters).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

James Bodanis, Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5177
james.bodanis@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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From the business side of hospitality, to à la carte cuisine, Humber’s Culinary Skills certificate program prepares you for a career as a professional chef. Gain theoretical and practical skills while learning in cutting-edge labs and real-world settings with the latest kitchen technology and equipment.

Many graduates of this one-year program continue on for another year and complete the Culinary Management diploma program or enter our Cook Apprenticeship program.

Students also have the opportunity to experience preparing meals on the Humber Food Truck, Humber’s classroom on wheels.

A fast-track program is implemented for the January start. The first semester (January to April) is immediately followed by the second semester (May to August).

The curriculum for this program is similar to the first year of the Culinary Management program. This allows students to transition into the Culinary Management program after the first semester or at the end of the second semester with bridging courses. Alternatively, students are able to move into the Cook Apprenticeship program providing they have an eligible employer.

Program Standards

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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Provide fundamental culinary preparation and presentation for a variety of food service environments using a range of classical and contemporary techniques.
  • Apply basic food and bake science to food preparation to create a desired end product.
  • Contribute to and monitor adherence of others to the provision of a well-maintained kitchen environment and to the service of food and beverage products that are free from harmful bacteria or other contaminants, adhering to health, safety, sanitation and food handling regulations.
  • Ensure the safe operation of the kitchen and all aspects of food preparation to promote healthy work spaces and the responsible, efficient use of resources.
  • Support the development of menu options that reflect knowledge of nutrition and food ingredients, promote general health and well-being, respond to a range of nutritional needs and preferences and address modifications for special diets, food allergies and intolerances, as required.
  • Apply fundamental business principles and recognized industry costing and control practices to food service operations to promote a fiscally responsible operation
  • Apply basic knowledge of sustainability*, ethical and local food sourcing, and food security to food preparation and kitchen management, recognizing the potential impacts on food production, consumer choice and operations within the food service industry.

  • Use technology, including contemporary kitchen equipment, for food production and promotion.
  • Perform effectively as a member of a food and beverage preparation and service team and contribute to the success of a food-service operation by applying self-management and interpersonal skills.
  • Develop strategies for continuous personal and professional learning to ensure currency with and responsiveness to emerging culinary techniques, regulations, and practices in the food service industry.


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Work Placement

Qualified students will complete a seven-week work placement following Semester 2 (40 hours/week). This unpaid work experience takes place in the kitchens of leading hotels or restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Humber Advantage

State-Of-The-Art Labs

Humber is the home of the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science, Canada’s leading centre of excellence in culinary education, apprenticeship training and culinary research and development.

  • Kitchen Lab Facilities
  • On-Campus Restaurant Training Facility
  • Wine Tasting and Demonstration Lab

The Humber Food Truck

Students have the opportunity to gain experience working on our Humber Food Truck.

This Program is Approved by WACS

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Internship Partners

Antler

Cactus Club Café

Delmanor

Earls Restaurant

Royal York - Fairmont

Four Seasons

Granite Club

Hilton

Hilton - Toronto

Joey Restaurant

JW Marriott

Langdon Hall

Pinnacle

Sodexo


Placement Testimonial

Our Industry Partner, Woodbine Entertainment, is always happy to welcome student interns into their organization. Here's what they had to say about our students in their latest company newsletter:

"[The Culinary Management and Culinary Skills programs] have given us the ability to develop a talent pipeline and an opportunity to hire some amazing individuals.

The purpose of the internship is to provide the Culinary Arts students with an opportunity to work in an industry kitchen. The hands-on experience gives each student a greater insight into the day-to-day operation, the stress of real timelines, the importance of being punctual and a better idea of their future career."


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Take a 360 Degree Tour of Our New Culinary Lab

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The Humber Experience

WENTT Video

Watch this video and see Humber and the Faculty of Business host the Women Entering Non-Traditional Trades Conference. 

Learning Garden Video

Watch the video to find out more about the Faculty of Business' learning garden containing local and sustainable foods.

BTV Culinary Lab Live

Watch the video to see Culinary faculty and students on Breakfast Television. 

Culinary Skills program video

Watch the video to find out more about the Culinary Skills program and our student chefs.

Iron Chef 2016

Watch the video to discover which team was victorious during the 2016 Humber Iron Chef competition.

Nestlé Professional Food Truck Challenge video

Watch the video to see Humber students compete in the Nestle Professional Maggi & Minors Food Truck Challenge.

Savvy Dinner

Watch the video to see Humber culinary students compete in the Savvy Diner Challenge.

Humber Culinary Students Support SoupFest video

Watch the video to see Humber Culinary students took part in Holland Marsh Soup Fest.

Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program may apply to participate in experiential learning trips to the Mediterranean/Italy where students have a hands-on experience in food culture and lifestyle of the Mediterranean.

Qualified students in this program may also apply to a study abroad service learning trip to contribute to a global community. Past service learning trips were to Nunavut and Nicaragua. In addition, eligible students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad experiential trip to Peru.

Each year we offer a variety of experiential learning trip opportunities for students to study abroad.  Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length. These faculty-led study abroad trips are confirmed in the fall semester.

These trips vary each year and are subject to availability and eligibility requirements. Additional fees apply.

Your Career

Launch your career as a chef in the $60 billion Canadian foodservice industry with our intense and dynamic program.

Trained chefs are always in demand in locations such as:

  • restaurants
  • golf clubs
  • hotels
  • trains and cruise ships
  • resorts and stadiums
  • within corporations worldwide

From line cook to magazine test kitchens and airline headquarters, the diversity of venues for the chef’s art and science is unmatched. And if you’re among those who dream of owning your own restaurant or bar, this is where you start.

Train with world-class faculty, including multiple award-winning chefs, and follow in the footsteps of the many provincial and national competition award-winners and Olympians this program has produced.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS)

Humber has been awarded international recognition from the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program for meeting or exceeding the WACS standards of quality culinary education.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
January 2020 North Open Open
September 2020 North Open Open
January 2021 North Open Open

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Hospitality Students Showcase Their Pitches to Program Advisory Committee

Hospitality Students Showcase Their Pitches to Program Advisory Committee

Wed, November 27, 2019

Hospitality students had the opportunity to connect with members of the Program Advisory Committee on November 15th.

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Industry Networking Event Opens Doors for Students

Industry Networking Event Opens Doors for Students

Wed, November 27, 2019

With a continuing effort to prepare students for a successful career launch, the annual industry networking event was organized.

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Hospitality Students Experience the Muskokas

Hospitality Students Experience the Muskokas

Tue, November 26, 2019

Over 120 Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations Management students enjoyed an overnight experience at Deerhurst Resort in the Muskokas.

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Students Connect with Employers at First Annual Fall Career Fair

Students Connect with Employers at First Annual Fall Career Fair

Wed, November 27, 2019

The Faculty of Business Work-Integrated Learning Centre hosted a successful career fair on October 29th at Toronto Grand Convention Centre.

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Metro Info Session and Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities Event a Success

Metro Info Session and Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities Event a Success

Fri, October 04, 2019

On Friday, September 27th, the Faculty of Business Work-Integrated Learning Centre welcomed four industry professionals from Metro.

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Humber Partners With GTAA for Future Immersive Learning Opportunities

Humber Partners With GTAA for Future Immersive Learning Opportunities

Thu, October 03, 2019

On September 26th, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) hosted an Open House for work-integrated learning representatives.

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The DBSA Organizes Another Successful TechWeek

The DBSA Organizes Another Successful TechWeek

Mon, September 30, 2019

A big shout-out to our DBSA team and our presenters for making this Fall’s TechWeek series a huge success!

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Canadian Diplomat Speaks to Students about her Posting in Afghanistan

Canadian Diplomat Speaks to Students about her Posting in Afghanistan

Thu, May 09, 2019

This April, Professor Jasteena Dhillon hosted a Fireside Chat with Eileen Olexiuk.

Ms. Olexiuk was the first Global Affairs Canadian diplomat to be posted to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. In a dangerous time in the region, she addressed issues with courage and conviction, including speaking out on torture and abuse taking place in Afghan prisons. 4th-year Paralegal Degree Student - Krystina Lau co-organised this event, that was attended by students and faculty from International Development, Liberal Arts and Community Development.

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Students Make Health and Safety Recommendations for the Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home

Students Make Health and Safety Recommendations for the Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home

Thu, April 11, 2019

Ensuring good physical and psychological health and safety (PH&S) in the workplace is vitally important for all Canadians.

Through an interdisciplinary approach between the Business School and School of Health Sciences, Dr. Suzy Casimiro and her students were invited to visit, investigate and advance the physical and psychological health and safety (PH&S) at Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home, Etobicoke.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director at Humber Valley Terrace, Marjorie Mossman, students identified the physical hazards and explored possible psychosocial hazards of workers within this healthcare setting. By also adopting sections of the new and – the first of its kind in the world, Canadian Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA-Z1003-13), students explored the many ways that jobs can affect health and safety, from potential exposures to physical hazards, to work-related mental health concerns within healthcare settings.

As a result, students were able to make recommendations on how to improve the policies, procedures and offer health & wellness program options. Overall, recommendations focused on improving the physical and organizational environment to lessen risks of injury and illness; from integrated protection from work-related safety and health hazards to the promotion of injury and illness prevention and the introduction of wellness programs- all to advance both workers’ well-being and the organization.

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Humber Participates in WWF’s Designing Change for a Living Planet

Humber Participates in WWF’s Designing Change for a Living Planet

Thu, April 11, 2019

On March 16th, 2019, World Wildlife Foundation conducted its first event of the year, "Living Planet@Campus: Designing Change for a Living Planet."

Over 80 students from over 15 colleges and universities around Ontario participated in the event, including students from The Business School. 

The Humber team, formed through an application process led by the Office of Sustainability, consisted of four students representing different programs and faculties in Humber: Gayathri Menon, Fashion Management and Promotions GC, Arman Amin and Samantha Canon, Bachelors in Industrial Design, Ayushi Delvadia ,Bachelors of International Business.

The day-long event saw team work at its best as team Humber worked very hard on its idea and presentation. Collaborating with students from different fields helped participants gain an insight into what the issues faced by other industries are and forced students to think outside the box.

Despite the fact that the Humber team did not win first place, the team's idea inspired the Office of Sustainability to install an art piece made out of paper cups to spread awareness on the importance of carrying personal reusable mugs. The outcome was highly rewarding as students learned how an idea can transform and make a difference in the world today.

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The Value of Study Abroad from a Student’s Perspective

The Value of Study Abroad from a Student’s Perspective

Mon, April 08, 2019

Meet Sagar Vankwani from the Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Program.

Sagar had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program at Hungkuang University in Taichung, Taiwan, which he describes as the best two weeks of his life: 

"In summer 2018, I had the opportunity to participate in a study-abroad program at Hungkuang University in Taichung, Taiwan. It was a two-week program, and arguably, they were the best two weeks of my life. No exaggeration.

The program was a complete package in itself. Going there, I didn't have really high expectations, but I soon discovered many of the best things that come in life are unexpected. The Taiwanese students went out of their way to help us. The program itself was very well organized. We had Chinese language classes every morning accompanied by different vocational workshops and field trips to the most exotic places in Taiwan.

Apart from all this, the program taught me something that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. I learned more about myself and my skills and abilities. I also learned some things about me that I was unaware of like my adaptability to ambiguous situations—something I could not learn in the classroom. Through making new friends from a variety of countries, I now understand the value of making lasting connections as a way to expand my personal network. The memories I made will last a lifetime. I even found a home in Taiwan—a loving mother that calls me her son. I am still in touch with her and all my new friends. I've promised them that I'll visit Taiwan again soon.

Out of all the advice that I can give to other students, I would just say: Close your eyes to any excuses. Pack your bags and just go! I would like to thank Humber’s Business School for selecting me to participate in this program. I feel honoured and grateful for the opportunity and the experience I had."

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The Placement Centre Hosts HBC Networking Event

The Placement Centre Hosts HBC Networking Event

Tue, April 02, 2019

The Placement Centre hosted two informational networking events with the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC).

As a diversified global retailer, HBC’s internship programs have been designed to provide students with direct work experience in their fields. In addition, their career training programs are comprehensive and of great interest to new grads.

The event was hosted over two days, March 1st and 4th for third and fourth-year Fashion Management students. Both events were well attended and gave students the chance to connect with HBC representatives and learn about possible career and job opportunities within the company.

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BMO On Campus for Recruitment Event

BMO On Campus for Recruitment Event

Tue, April 02, 2019

On March 5th, The Placement Centre hosted a BMO On-Campus Recruitment Event. 

This was a two-part event featuring an information session conducted by the Regional Vice President and an interview session for successful student applicants. Interviews were granted to students who applied for Customer Service Representative (CSR) and Personal Banking Representative (PBR) positions. BMO selected 27 students for the first round of interviews.

The representatives, who were branch managers and HR representatives, were very impressed with our students. BMO made offers to 11 students, and three students were invited to a second interview. This event was a tremendous success with a strong turnout and many students securing positions.

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Students Attend TJX Canada Corporate Office Tour

Students Attend TJX Canada Corporate Office Tour

Fri, March 29, 2019

The Business School students attended the TJX Canada Corporate Office tour on March 1st, 2019.

With an extensive range of career options, TJX Canada stands out as one of the most successful retailers in the world, and have opened up exciting opportunities for college and university co-op, internship and graduate students. Our students had the chance to learn about the company, experience the culture, and explore career paths.

The 60 students in attendance had the opportunity to enjoy a “speed chat” with professionals from various departments. The Placement Centre was delighted to facilitate such an informative and engaging networking occasion for students.

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The Business School Hosts a Visiting Scholar and Initiates a Collaborative Research Project

The Business School Hosts a Visiting Scholar and Initiates a Collaborative Research Project

Mon, March 11, 2019

Dr. Nicholas P. Sisto is spending the winter 2019 semester with the School teaching International Finance and Macroeconomics at the Lakeshore Campus.

Dr. Nicholas P. Sisto is a full Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones Socioeconómicas (CISE) of the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (Saltillo, Mexico). He is working closely with Dr. Pierre-Pascal Gendron (Professor of Economics and Program Coordinator, B.Comm International Business, B.Comm Healthcare Management) on a research project. The work analyzes the regional economic and social effects of tobacco and alcohol excise taxes in Mexico. The project involves a Master’s thesis in Regional Economics at Dr. Sisto’s home institution with Dr. Gendron acting as co-director of the thesis. The Master’s candidate, Carlos Milanes, holds a B.A. in pure mathematics and is a Cuban national. This internationalization initiative marks the beginning of a long-term, productive collaboration between The Business School and CISE.

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