Master the art of food and flavour in our Culinary Management program. Students will explore locally grown food as they prepare ethnic and contemporary cuisine and develop their skills in the culinary arts. Significant focus is placed on lab/kitchen time in smaller class sizes that allow our expert faculty to engage closely with students. Hands-on exposure to various forms of cuisines encourage students to develop a broad range of techniques, products and culinary skills, such as butchery, cheese making, baking and pastry arts – many of which they are able to take home and enjoy. Students will also learn hospitality and business skills and explore strategies for planning, building, promoting and running a food business. Graduates are sought after by a broad range of employers because of their unique skills, which include artisan meat cutting, cheese production, baking, canning and preserving.
The Culinary Management program is offered at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (WC), which is guided by a field-to-fork philosophy and sustainable business practices in all activities. This incredible learning centre provides access to a demonstration theatre; state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and meeting spaces; Bistro ’67, a full-service, Feast On ® teaching restaurant; and an urban farm classroom just steps from the lab.
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The Culinary Management program is offered at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (WC), which is guided by a field-to-fork philosophy in all activities. This incredible learning centre provides access to a demonstration theatre; state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and meeting spaces; Bistro ’67, a full-service, Feast On ® teaching restaurant; and an urban farm classroom just steps from the labs.
Students will learn to provide accomplished culinary planning, preparation and presentation for a variety of food-service environments. With a strong emphasis on skill development, theory, service and managerial training, they will become equipped with the skills and industry knowledge required to succeed. This program will foster ongoing personal growth and learning in the areas of self-management, interpersonal skills, professional ability and industry awareness.
In addition, students will gain knowledge about the diverse needs of today’s diners and consumers and focus on locally grown and produced foods. Hands-on experience in culinary, pastry and restaurant demonstration labs and classrooms will help them to develop essential skills related to à la carte cuisine, pastry, desserts and baking, ethnic cuisine, contemporary cooking and more.
The Culinary Management program will foster ongoing personal growth and learning in the areas of self-management, interpersonal skills, professional ability and industry awareness including:
Students will have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular activities, competitions, college and community events, such as Skills Ontario, Harvest Dinner and Queen’s Park College Day, that will encourage them to apply their culinary skills outside of the classroom.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
More than 75% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements.Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Your learning experience is complemented by a first-year field placement opportunity in the culinary industry. Students work at restaurants, hotels, long-term care homes, banquet halls, golf course facilities and more, applying their skills from the classroom on the job.
Students have the opportunity to advance their skills and learning through local, provincial and national skills competitions. These learning-intensive events see them prepare a range of dishes on fixed timelines and with specific guidelines and expectations. In addition, there are international travel opportunities including Faculty-Led Classroom Abroad (FLCA) initiative through international travel opportunities. These include travel to Peru or Italy for a week-long ‘Gastronomy’ tour, learning about cuisines in local culinary schools.
All learning experiences come together in the fourth semester with a unique capstone project. Working in small teams, students create, develop, test and produce their own unique recipes, which are then photographed and compiled in a program cookbook, created by a DC Graphic Design student.
From student-focused special events, to employment in Bistro ’67, to special projects, there are countless opportunities for students to further their learning beyond the labs.
Graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits towards further study through Durham College and partner Canadian and international colleges and universities. These include:
For more information, please visit our pathways page.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.