Culinary Skills Culinary Management
Available as a one- or two-year program
One-year Ontario College Certificate in Culinary Skills
Two-year Ontario College Diploma in Culinary Management
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Find your career
There’s no life like the one of a chef and the opportunities are limitless.
• Culinary Management graduates are prepared to work as cooks and apprentices in their choice of establishment around the world.
• Opening a restaurant is a high-risk venture. A diploma from Loyalist will prepare you to pursue your dreams with solid skills in culinary technique, marketing and leadership.
• Diploma graduates complete the in-class requirements for apprenticeship training.
• Following completion of on-the-job apprenticeship outcomes, graduates are qualified to write the exam for Interprovincial Red Seal Certification — an internationally recognized standard of quality.
Our grads get great jobs
- Cook, Chateau Whistler
- Baker, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- Cook, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York
- Sous Chef, Siwash Lake Wilderness Lake Resort, Whistler
- Cook Eigensinn Farm, Singhampton
- Cook, The Drake Devonshire Inn, Prince Edward County
- Sous Chef, Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Montréal
- Cook, Blumen Bistro, Picton
- Chef de Partie, Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, UK
- Cook, Raymond's, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Cook, Rocky Mountain Resort, Banff, Alberta
Is it for you?
Do you have what it takes? You can succeed in this field if you are:
- Passionate about food
- Willing to take creative risks
- Skilled at time management
- Excellent under pressure in a fast-paced environment
What employers say
“The Canadian National Chef’s Congress was hosted by Chef Michael Stadtländer at Eigensinn Farm. Only three colleges were invited and Loyalist students stood out for their work ethic and professionalism. For three days solid, Loyalist students played a major role in making one of Canada’s most important culinary events ever come together. I am extremely grateful and totally impressed by their hard work and dedication.” - Chef Jason McColl Sous-Chef, Blümen Garden Bistro
Create and innovate under the guidance of distinguished chefs with a rich appreciation of farm-to-table cuisine.
- Work in the kitchen and dining room of Resto 213, Loyalist’s on-campus student-run gourmet restaurant.
- Earn first-hand experience in all aspects of culinary management — from hosting and service, food preparation, pricing and menu design, to developing marketing strategies.
- Students also prepare food for the Loyalist Market, a retail outlet offering an amazing variety of fresh and frozen products designed and created by Culinary students.
- Optional field trips provide invaluable experience in food and culture. Recent destinations include New York City, Paris, Switzerland and Portugal.
- Receive individual attention from licensed chefs and Red Seal pastry chefs.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Faculty have a tremendous depth and breadth of experience, working in environments ranging from the Chateau Lake Louise to the Royal York Hotel, Auberge du Pommier and Rosewater in Toronto.
- The faculty team works closely with its advisory committee and industry partners to ensure that the program is aligned with industry demands and trends. The curriculum is delivered in ways that meet the learner's diverse needs.
- First Year - Semester One
- PROF1026 Career Preparation
- Students learn the most effective way to search for fulfilling employment. Using expert advice from professionals, students are introduced to job search skills, résumés, application and interview techniques, portfolios and dress codes.
- MATH1049 Culinary Math
- Students gain an understanding of the basic mathematic skills required in culinary applications such as scaling recipes, calculating costs, inventory and measurement as well as basic MS Excel software spreadsheet use.
- CULN1005 Culinary Techniques 1
- This course lays the foundation for students pursuing a career in culinary management. In this hands-on lab students will be involved in the preparation and presentation of the fundamentals of cooking essentials.
- CULN1007 Culinary Techniques a la Carte 1
- This course exposes students to experiential learning through the practical application of Culinary Techniques in a fully operational dining room and take-out style food service operation. Upon successful completion of this course, the graduate will be prepared to accept an entry-level position in a professional kitchen or continue their post-secondary studies in Culinary Management.
- FOOD1017 Food Theory 1
- Extensive knowledge is required to function efficiently in a food and beverage operation. This course provides a working knowledge of basic food theory and basic professional baking fundamentals in preparation for the practical application of culinary techniques.
- CULN1004 Orientation and Safety Training
- In preparation for their hands-on learning experiences in the Loyalist kitchen and Resto 213, students receive certification in Safe Food Handling, Smart Serve and First Aid. Additionally, they receive training on the standard operating procedures of various pieces of kitchen equipment, basic knife skills, front of house service, conflict resolution and workplace wellness.
- FOOD1016 Techniques of Baking 1
- The art of baking is an essential part of the development of a chef. In this class, students practise a wide variety of baking techniques in a hands-on environment.
- First Year - Semester Two
- CULN1002 Culinary Techniques 2
Building on the skills acquired in basic culinary techniques, students will continue to develop and refine abilities in a hands-on lab environment.
Prerequisite: CULN 1000 or HOSP 1020 or CULN 1005
- CULN1003 Culinary Techniques a la Carte 2
Students learn the practical application of culinary techniques in a fully operational dining room and a take-out style food-service enterprise.
Prerequisite: CULN 1001 or HOSP 1040 or CULN 1007
- FOOD1012 Food Theory 2
Building on the skills gained in Basic Food & Bake Theory and Practical courses, this course further develops the students’ knowledge of principles and practices relating to the production and presentation of food.
Prerequisite: FOOD 1009 or FOOD 1017
- FOOD1011 Menu Planning
- Students practice planning, writing and costing for various types of menus from the sales, dietetic and cost points of view.
- FOOD1013 Techniques of Baking 2
Building on the skills acquired in basic baking, students will continue to develop and refine abilities in a hands-on lab environment.
Prerequisite: FOOD 1007 or HOSP 1019 or FOOD 1016
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- HOSP2001 Catering and Event Planning
- Catering and events is a special area of hospitality where careful attention to detail is essential. This course focuses on the planning process of events, covering elements such as food and beverage service, rentals, set-up and tear down, risk assessment and much more. You will also take part in the planning of a multi-course meal, which will be filmed by Loyalist Television, Filmmaking & Digital Content Creation students as part of Canada's only college-produced reality-style TV show, Chef School.
- CULN2000 Culinary Business 1
- You will be introduced to the human resource priorities, practices and procedures of leaders in today's hospitality industry. Employees and customers alike prioritize wellness like never before; food service operations must respond with menus and options that maximize nutrition and offer ethically sourced, sustainable products while maintaining a strong “triple bottom line” that includes people, planet and profit.
- FOOD2011 Food & Beverage Practical 1
In the second year of your à la carte experience, you will take on the added role of station leader, guiding first-year students as together you prepare, serve and sell a variety of hot and cold appetizers, entrées and desserts for Resto 213 and the Loyalist market. You will also rotate through the Advanced Bake module which allows you to sharpen your pastry and baking skills even further. Prerequisite: FOOD 1013, CULN 1002
Prerequisite: FOOD 1013, CULN 1002
- BUSI2013 Profit Management
- In this course, you will study the principles involved in food, beverage and labour controls for the hospitality industry. Topics include food and beverage cost control procedures, labor cost analysis, pricing methods, internal controls, external influences, and inventory control methods.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- FOOD2010 Advanced Gastronomy
Advanced Gastronomy is one of the most anticipated courses in the program. Here, you will focus on some of the higher-end culinary techniques for à la carte, buffet and banquet kitchens such as whole animal breakdown, charcuterie (including sausage making, pâtés and terrines), hors d’oeuvres and canapés, duck and foie gras preparations and more. Prerequisite: FOOD 2008 or HOSP 2017 or FOOD 2011
Prerequisite: FOOD 2008 or HOSP 2017 or FOOD 2011
- CULN2001 Culinary Business 2
- The idea of owning a business and being your own boss has some serious appeal! However, opening a business is tough work, competition is stiff and effective planning is essential. In this course, you will build a basic business and marketing plan for a food service operation that will culminate in a “Dragons' Den” style pitch. *Note: Students have the option to present privately to the instructor or publicly in front of the class.
- FOOD2012 Food and Beverage Practical 2
In your final semester in the à la carte kitchen, you will continue in your role as a leader, cooking, serving and baking for Resto 213 and our market. In this course, you will also have the opportunity to develop and test a dish of your own creation from the multi-course menu that you wrote in Catering & Event Planning class; this will also be captured by our Television, Filmmaking & Digital Content Creation students in their reality TV show, Chef School.
Prerequisite: FOOD 2011
- HOSP1007 Wine & Beverage Appreciation
- Imagine learning about wine, spirit and beer production in a region that is well-known for top quality versions of all of the above. With Prince Edward County (PEC) just south of Loyalist College, this will be your reality! You will gain an appreciation and knowledge through guided tastings, classroom discussions and guest speakers, culminating with a field trip to PEC to see some of the production first-hand. All of this will lend to your understanding of the importance of a strong beverage program in a successful hospitality operation.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist College. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements. Click here for more information about university transfer agreements.
- Algoma Unviersity – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Algonquin College – B.A. in Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Brock University – various*
- Davenport University – B.A. Management or B.B.A./M.B.A. Strategic Management
- Holland College – Applied Degree in Culinary Operations
- Institute of Technology Tralee – Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts (Year 3)
- Lakehead University – various*
- Laurentian University – various*
- Limerick Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management
- Nipissing University – various*
- Queen's University – various*
- Ryerson University – various*
- Seneca College – Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- Ontario Tech University – various*
- University of Waterloo – various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
* Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
Explore opportunities to continue your studies in Ireland:
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2021 – 22)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
- Total: $4,184.08
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist College has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Services Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
Recommended academic preparation
- Grade 12 Mathematics
- Individuals who have attained the Interprovincial Red Seal for Cooks will be granted full credit for year one and are eligible for direct entry to year two of the diploma program.
- Applicants with prior learning or significant related experience may be eligible for advanced standing through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Experience with the Canadian Forces
Loyalist’s Culinary programs are recognized by the Canadian Forces:
- Culinary Skills students can participate in the Subsidized Education Program.
- Culinary Management students have the opportunity to receive advanced standing as a Cook (Apprentice).
- Visit forces.ca for details.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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