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Institutional Cook Apprenticeship

Credential: Certificate of Achievement Program Code: 06071 Length: 3 semesters

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Help individuals meet their dietary requirements

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.


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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.

This program is approved by WACS

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The Humber Experience

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).

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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.

Take a 360 Degree Tour of Our New Culinary Lab

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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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Meet the Faculty

Professional Accreditations & 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 and/or costs 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

Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

The Greying of Canada

With as many seniors as youths living in Canada, there is an increased demand for skilled workers caring for an ageing population.

Video Showcase

Nestle Humber Food Truck Recipe Challenge video

Watch the video to see the Nestle Humber Food Truck Recipe Challenge

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