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Institutional Cook Apprenticeship

Credential: Apprenticeship Certificate Program Code: 06071 Length: 3 semesters

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Apprenticeship Registration

If you have recently received an Offer of Classroom Training, issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), you are required to register into one of the apprenticeship classes listed below.

Note: If you have not received an Offer of Classroom Training or are not yet a registered apprentice you are not eligible to register. For information about becoming an apprentice, contact The Centre for Trades and Technology at apprenticeshipregistration@humber.ca.

Our Program

Humber’s Institutional Cook Apprenticeship program focuses on large-quantity food production using bulk and nutritional cooking methods. This involves using specialized equipment and following strictly prescribed menus created in advance by dieticians and food service managers.

For more information about apprenticeships, visit tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/apprentices/app_train.html.

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The Humber Experience

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Is Apprenticeship Right for You? 

There are many ways for passionate aspiring chefs to enter the fast-paced culinary industry. The opportunity to become an apprentice and "earn while you learn" is one of them. 

Recently, chef and culinary instructor Michael Teune sat down with Restaurants Canada to discuss apprenticeships in the culinary industry and the benefits for aspiring chefs, restaurant employees, employers and the culinary industry as a whole.

How to Become an Apprentice

There are two ways of entering the Cook Trade Program at Humber College. (1) Find an employer who is willing to offer you an apprenticeship, or (2) through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

How to Register

Once you have received an Offer of Classroom Training, issued by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, you are required to register into the program.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

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

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Your Career

Institutional cooks prepare meals which must meet individual dietary needs and textures, health requirements, religious needs and cultural preferences.

Potential jobs for institutional cooks include working in long-term care facilities, retirement homes, hospitals, daycare centres, school dining areas, correctional facilities and corporate environments.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Humber’s culinary and pastry programs have 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 may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Scholarships & Awards

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Humber Institutional Cook Apprenticeship students are eligible for a number of scholarships and awards. Find the award that's right for you!

Video Showcase

Nestle Humber Food Truck Recipe Challenge video

Watch video to see the Nestle Humber Food Truck Recipe Challenge

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