About this program

Start Date

January 2024


Fort Frances

Program Length

Two semesters



Ontario College Certificate

Canadore College

About the program

Please note that this program begins in January 2024 and runs through the summer.

Start a career as a professional chef or cook in today’s growing culinary industry. Learn valuable skills in food preparation, presentation and kitchen management in SGEI’s culinary lab. Students will learn Indigenous cuisine, baking and pastry arts, restaurant food production, culinary skills, wines, kitchen management, and more. Graduates of this program are eligible for direct entry into the second year of the Culinary Management program.

Semester 1

CUL103 Fundamentals of Food Preparation
CUL114 Applied Culinary Skills
CUL116 Products Standards & Market Form
CUL123 Healthy Living, Healthy Eating
CUL130 Baking for Cooks
CUL150 Sanitation & Safety
CMM125 College Communications I

Semester 2

CUL118 Cost Control I
CUL132 Introduction to Food Services
CUL160 Pastry Arts
CUL182 Kitchen Operations
CUL190 Restaurant Food Production
HRM100 Wines
GENED General Education Elective - Online (CUL Sem 2)


Ontario Secondary School Diploma and Grade 12 English (ENG4C/ENG4U), equivalent, or mature student test.

Are you missing program prerequisites?

Are you missing prerequisites for a program? We can help! SGEI offers common prerequisite courses during the summer, or we can arrange for you to complete a test to enter the program. All you have to do is apply, and we will be in touch with you.


  • Tuition (Semester 1): $1876.12
  • Tuition (Semester 2): $1747.12

Funding opportunities

If you need assistance funding your education, visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about bursaries, grants, OSAP and more.

Meet your coordinator(s)

Our dedicated program coordinators are here to help you succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Michael Jones

Fort Frances campus
(807) 274-2796

Rhonda Miller

Kenora campus
(807) 468-3096

Have questions? Connect with a coordinator!

Have questions about this program? Contact a coordinator directly or submit your question(s) below and a program coordinator will reach out to you.

Career options

Graduates from the Culinary Skills program can expect to find work as a, chef de partie, first cook, sous chef, chef de cuisine, or line cook in a professional kitchen.

Where you might work

  • Restaurants
  • Catering business
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Test kitchens


I love the environment of SGEI, it gives people a chance to stay close to home and still thrive towards their career choice. It has been a blessing being able to learn more about my culture. It truly is the backbone of SGEI and it definitely helps others open themselves up to going back to school, or even trying something new.
Aurora McRitchie
SGEI Student

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