PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CSK
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Whitby
  • School: Centre for Food
  • Domestic tuition: $2,983 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Waitlisted Waitlisted: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
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When I first signed up for Durham College I was afraid that I had been out of school for too long and that I'd have a hard time fitting in. I was p [...]

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Being in the Culinary Skills program has been one of the best years of my life. I made friends and unlocked new culinary passions and skills. I enj [...]

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Culinary Skills
2013
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I took this program at Durham because I want to be a chef and I learned for the first time how to do that here.

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I have a dream to open a restaurant in Durham, so I thought going to school here would establish my legacy.

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I took this course because I wanted to learn more about the industry and more about myself. I love cooking so I believe this course will help me a [...]

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I am taking this class to further my cooking skills, as well as a first step toward my Red Seal (certification).

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Culinary Skills

Culinary Skills

Culinary Skills

Culinary Skills

Culinary Skills

Sharpen your skills in classic and contemporary à la carte cuisine, baking and pastry arts, flavour and cooking methods, understanding ingredients, food service principles, and safety and sanitation, while also developing essential communication and computer application skills.

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Program Description

The Culinary Skills program is designed to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of food-service industry settings.

Areas of study include:

  • Baking and pastry arts
  • Classic and contemporary a la carte cuisine
  • Computer applications
  • Development of essential communication skills
  • Flavours and cooking methods
  • Food service principles
  • Safety
  • Sanitation
  • Understanding of ingredients

In addition, 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, pastry and restaurant labs. You will also gain practical experience through our student-run, open-to-the-public restaurant and a field placement at a school approved industry property.

Upon successful completion of this program, you may qualify for advanced standing in Year 2 of Durham College’s Culinary Management program. The Culinary Skills program is offered at the Whitby campus, home of the college’s new Centre for Food. This incredible new learning centre provides access to a full-service green certified teaching restaurant and lounge; a demonstration theatre; and state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and meeting spaces, all designed to offer you the best possible learning experience.

Students in this program will benefit from working and learning in Bistro ’67, a full-service, green-certified teaching and learning restaurant operated by staff and students.

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Admission Requirements

 

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Field to Fork

The field-to-fork concept 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. To capitalize on classroom and lab equipment availability select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Centre for Food.

The curriculum, faculty expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment required to implement this concept have been built into each program, providing students with unparalleled exposure to field to fork.

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Career Options

What you could be:

  • Banquet/catering cook
  • Entrepreneur
  • Pastry chef
  • Preparation or line cook
  • Sous chef

Where you could work:

  • Banquet hall
  • Catering company
  • Country club
  • Golf course
  • Hotel
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,983$12,754
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
Program Incidental$1,047$1,047
Total Fees:$5,170$15,341

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by an 80-hour field placement component in the second semester, which will be completed at a restaurant, catering company, golf course, hospital, hotel, nursing home, retirement home or other approved location.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Successful completion of the Culinary Skills certificate program will offer opportunities for further study in additional Durham College programs including Cook Apprentice, Culinary Management or Hospitality - Hotel and Restaurant Operations Management.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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W. GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION AWARD

Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CSK
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Whitby
  • School: Centre for Food
  • Domestic tuition: $2,983 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Waitlisted Waitlisted: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
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