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What do Cooks do?

Cooks prepare a variety of foods, including short orders, and supervise kitchen workers. They may plan menus and specialize in ethnic cuisine or speciality dishes.

How to become: Cooks

To be a cook, you usually must complete high school.

You need a three-year apprenticeship program for cooks, or a college or other program in cooking, or several years of commercial cooking experience.

Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces/territories.

Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified cooks.

With additional experience and training, you may move up the ranks to a more senior position, such as chef.

Most recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma.

Where to study for a career as: Cooks

Durham College
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Culinary Management Diploma; Co-op
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Culinary Skills Certificate
Culinary Skills (Part-time) Certificate
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Culinary Skills - Chef Training Certificate; Online
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Culinary Skills - Chef Training Certificate
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Red Deer Polytechnic
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Cook Certificate; Apprenticeship
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Modified on January 26, 2022

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