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Culinary Skills Cert GBC

Culinary Skills Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

You can launch a career as a chef or cook with this one-year Culinary Skills certificate program, learning all aspects of food products and preparation demonstrated by culinary professionals followed by hands-on practice.

This program allows for top-notch instruction and hands-on practice with professional chefs where you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of ingredients and food preparation through hands-on experience in George Brown College's cooking labs;
  • Be introduced to emerging culinary trends such as local and sustainable foods, nutrition;
  • Be participating in the program's special-focus courses and see for yourself international influences in Canada's food culture.

The key skills you will acquire in this one-year Culinary Skills certificate program of George Brown College include:

  • Core cooking and baking skills;
  • An appreciation for nutrition, menu planning and food, beverage and labour cost control;
  • Solid knife skills and cooking techniques, gained through practice and repetition.

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Course Delivery

This Culinary Skills certificate program is offered at the St. James Campus of George Brown College.

The schedule for the Culinary Skills program currently operates from Monday to Friday. In addition, some classes may begin at 7 a.m. and others may run until 10 p.m.


The culinary skills you learn at George Brown are in demand by employers both in Canada and internationally so you will have the training to build a successful career wherever you are.

So if you intend to stay in the province of Ontario, you will be prepared for careers in Toronto's more than 9,000 restaurants, hotel dining rooms, cafés and eateries, as well as numerous clubs, resorts, spas and catering companies.

And if you wish to continue your studies, you may qualify for direct entry to the second year of the Culinary Management diploma program.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Provide fundamental culinary planning, preparation and presentation to a variety of food service environments;
  2. Apply basic and advanced food and bake theories and other related theories to all aspects of food preparation;
  3. Contribute to the provision of a healthy, safe and well-maintained kitchen environment and to the service of food and beverage products that are free from harmful bacteria or other contaminants;
  4. Apply a knowledge of kitchen management techniques, as required, to support the goals of the operations and the responsible use of resources;
  5. Apply fundamental nutritional principles to all aspects of food production;
  6. Perform effectively as a member of a food and beverage preparation and service team;
  7. Apply cost control techniques to food-service operations;
  8. Apply self-management and interpersonal skills to enhance performance as an employee and team member and to contribute to the success of a food-service operation;
  9. Develop ongoing personal professional development strategies and plans to enhance culinary, leadership and management skills for the hospitality environment.

Course Outline


  • HOSF1255:  Nutrition Fundamentals from a Culinary Perspective
  • HOSF 1002:  Baking & Pastry for Cooks
  • HOSF1184:  Cafe Production
  • HOSF1185:  Fundamentals of Butchery
  • HOSF1202:  Culinary Foundations
  • HOSF1203:  Culinary Essentials
  • HOSF1029:  Theory of Food I
  • HOSF1146:  Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR (weekend course)
  • MATH1102:  Mathematics for Hospitality**
  • COMM1007:  College English**
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • HOSF1166:  Foods of the World
  • HOSF1204:  Culinary Principles
  • HOSF1205:  Culinary Concepts
  • HOSF1031:  Theory of Food II
  • HOST1005:  Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Control
  • HOSF1256:  Art of Eating and Dining
  • HOST1126:  Career Preparation
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

  • ** Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007.
  • You may also be required to take MATH 1000 (Math Foundations) before progressing to MATH 1102 (Mathematics for Hospitality).
  • COMM 1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1000 do not count as courses required for graduation and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please visit georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

Course Info

Course Code : H134

College : Chef School

Duration : 1 year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Canadian Dollar (CAD):

  • Tuition Fee: 13,520 for two semesters
  • Service Fee: 95
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Medical Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44
  • Bus Fee: 1,500 estimated per year
  • Books and supplies: 1,00 - 1,200 per year estimated
  • Additional Costs:
    • Uniform: 290
    • Black safety shoes: 100 - 140
    • Knives and small wares: 500 - 700
    • Dining expenses at 3 industry partners' restaurants: 100 (approximate)

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are three intake dates every year:

  • January
  • May
  • September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the Chef School of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent,  You must also have passed the equivalent of the following subjects:
    • Grade 12 English (C or U)
    • Grade 11 Math (C, M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE (Academic): 54 overall, 50 in each skill band

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