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.Courses Program Standards
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Apply techniques of basic and advanced food preparation for both small and large quantity food preparation.
Apply knowledge of the use of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages as ingredients in food preparation.
Apply knowledge of colour and design skills to food presentation.
Follow specifications and quality standards.
Apply acquired culinary knowledge and skills to a variety of tasks.
Trim, de-bone, and portion meat, fish, and poultry.
Use appropriate cooking and cold-food preparation methods.
Set-up and maintain a clean and orderly work station.
Apply baking techniques to prepare desserts, pastries, and breads.
Select from contemporary and traditional garnishes.
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.
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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.
Students have the opportunity to gain experience working on our Humber Food Truck.
Students will receive hands-on experience in our on-campus Humber Centre for Healthy Living. Drawing on the expertise of HRT faculty and students, the CHL offers a range of programs, services, and events for MAKING HEALTHY HAPPEN within the Humber community.
Watch the video of Humber and HRT hosting the Women Enterning Non Traditional Trades Conference.
Watch the video to find out more about HRT's learning garden containing local and sustainable foods.
Watch the video to see Culinary faculty and students on Breakfast Television.
Watch the video to find out more about the Culinary Skills program and our student chefs.
Watch the video to discover which team was victorious during the 2016 Humber Iron Chef competition.
Watch the video to see Humber students compete in the Nestle Professional Maggi & Minors Food Truck Challenge.
Watch the video to see Humber culinary students compete in the Savvy Diner Challenge.
Watch the video to see Humber Culinary students took part in Holland Marsh Soup Fest.
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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.
News & Events
Luxury Hotel Collection ‘The Dorchester’ Recruitment Visit
On February 5th, the Talent Acquisition Manager and Head of Learning and Development for the Dorchester Collection visited Humber College to discuss employment opportunities in the United Kingdom with our graduates.
HRT Faculty Recognized at President’s Breakfast Awards
This year, three School of HRT faculty were recognized for their accomplishments with President’s Breakfast Awards! We are proud to congratulate the following faculty for these well-deserved achievements.
Centre for Healthy Living Opens its Brand-New Space
On September 4th, 2018 the Centre for Healthy Living (CHL) officially opened its doors to the Humber community. While the CHL has been around for a few years already, it just got a brand new physical space right here on campus!
Humber Outshines their Competitors at Skills Ontario Competition 2018
The Skills Ontario Competition was pure entertainment for competition spectators. Taking place on May 7 and running until May 9, students put on a spectacular display showing off their talents to family, friends, educators and hundreds of onlookers.
High School Students Compete in 11th Annual Stone Soup Cook-Off
For the past 11 years, high school students around the GTA have been participating in an afterschool program that teaches them how to cook simple, healthy and affordable meals.
Culinary Students Enjoy One Last Hurrah at the Culinary Graduate Luncheon 2018
Culinary students were treated to one last hurrah at Humber before they journeyed off into their brand new careers. On April 30th, the Humber Room was packed with excitement and memories as recent graduates enjoyed delicious food with their fellow colleagues, instructors, and Humber alumni.
Students Battle it Out for the Title of Best Bold Sandwich and a Cash Prize
On Friday, April 13 the School of HRT’s Nutrition, Culinary and Baking students battled it out for the title of Best Bold Sandwich at the Nestle Professional Minor’s Bold Sandwich Cook-off.
The School of HRT Hosts Skills Ontario Culinary Qualifying Competition
On Saturday, April 7th, the School of HRT hosted Skills Ontario for the Qualifying Culinary Competition for high school students.
Culinary Mix and Mingle
On Tuesday, March 6th, the culinary programs hosted a Mix and Mingle for culinary students and professionals to get together and discuss different avenues available for a fulfilling culinary career.
Culinary Professor and PC Shares What You Can Do to Reduce Food Waste
Shonah Chalmers, HRT's Culinary Program Coordinator and Professor, spoke with True North Living about what you can do to reduce food waste.
HRT Culinary Students Participate in 2018 College Day at Queen’s Park
This year the 2018 College Day at Queen’s Park celebrated innovation in our school system with the High-Tech World of Colleges (H-TWC) morning exhibit and evening reception.
Inspiring a New Generation
Each year on the 20th of October we celebrate the International Chefs Day. On this day many workshops and activities are hosted around the world for thousands of children to learn about eating healthy.
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