Exterior shot of the Centre for Food during winter.

Centre for Food

Internal shot of the foyer of the Centre for food.

Centre for Food

Students in the Hospitality program.

Centre for Food

Dishes prepared by students at Bistro 67.

Centre for Food

Shot of the Pantry store found within the Centre for Food.

Centre for Food

Centre for Food

The Centre for Food (CFF) is Durham Region’s first-ever post-secondary presence focused on the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers.

Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools with the curriculum, faculty expertise and equipment required to implement field to fork built into several of the college’s programs.

Capitalizing on classroom and lab equipment availability, select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the CFF, the heart of the college’s field-to-fork vision.

Development on the CFF, which opened to students in September 2013, is continually underway including extensive landscaping planning for the grounds surrounding the building. This includes plans for a future on-campus orchard, pollinator garden, greenhouse, demonstrator gardens, green roof, agricultural planting zone and arboretum. 

Cook – Apprenticeship
Have you always had an interest in experimenting with food and creating fabulous meals? Are you currently working in a culinary establishment such as a restaurant or institutional kitchen? Explore the Cook Apprenticeship program and hone in on your food preparation, labour management, marketing, and menu creation skills.
Culinary Management program at Durham College
You will learn to provide accomplished culinary planning, preparation, and presentation for a variety of food-service environments. With a strong emphasis on theory, service, managerial and supervisory training you will become equipped with the skills and industry knowledge required to succeed as a chef, cook or culinary manager […]
Culinary Skills
The Culinary Skills program is designed to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of food-service industry settings. Related business management studies and general education courses round out the program. You will learn through a combination of activity-based classroom instruction and practical application in our culinary [...]
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Artisan Agriculture
The creative and innovative concepts and practices of food and farming are suited to an urban lifestyle and enhanced by being able to serve a large, nearby consumer [...]
Horticultural Technician – NEW
A growing interest in landscaping, gardening and urban agriculture is prompting more people to spend money on these enjoyable activities and opening new opportunities for graduates. Experience the different aspects involved in horticulture as you work toward becoming a professional horticulturalist working in the landscape and horticulture industries[…]
Hospitality Management – Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism
This program focuses on the management of hotel, restaurant and tourism enterprises and is designed to provide you with a thorough foundation of the professional skills required to […]
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Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology
This program will provide students with the essential skills and specific qualifications necessary for the workplace. Graduates are employed in both public and private sectors including: Bakeries, confectioners, pasta and snack food manufacturers; Brewers, winemakers and beverage manufacturers […]
Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology (compressed fast-track)
If you are a domestic or internationally educated student with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, you may be eligible for this compressed, fast-track opportunity to complete your advanced college diploma requirements in only two semesters. The Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology program provides […]
Special Events program
This new program will provide you with the skills and training required to bring together hospitality, accommodation, culinary and professional services with the cultural, historical and natural attractions of a geographical location. Whether you are planning cultural and social events, charitable fundraisers, conventions, festivals, weddings or corporate affairs [...]
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