Professional Cook Apprenticeship
Description“Cook” means a person who performs all phases of kitchen activities including the preparation and presentation of vegetables, soups, sauces, meat, fish and poultry, cold kitchen items; desserts, baking, pastry; basic menu planning/costing as well as knowledge of safety, sanitation and food storage, and who has a knowledge of human and customer relations. A “Professional Cook 3” will have met all of the requirements of the national Red Seal standard for “Cook”. They usually work under limited supervision and will be competent at the major techniques and principles used in cooking, baking, and other aspects of food preparation. In addition to a sound set of cooking skills, a professional cook at this level should be able to plan and cost menus and recipes, and have an understanding of the communication skills that will be necessary to begin to take a leadership role in the kitchen.
There are 3 Professional Cook apprenticeships:
Professional Cook 1
Professional Cook 2
Professional Cook 3
Each apprenticeship is a year of work based training and one level of school for 6 weeks. After successful completion of each apprenticeship level, the apprentice will receive a BC Certificate of Qualification.
This session serves as an introduction to the "basics" of cooking. The successful student will learn why we do what we do in the industry and acquire the building blocks of knowledge required to become a successful chef.
Level 2 (6 weeks)
Level 3 (6 weeks)
The final session of training puts some "finishing" to the whole apprenticeship program. Advanced skills are taught. This is a very intense 6 weeks of training. Upon successful completion of this session, apprentices earn the opportunity to write the Red Seal Examination. Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Cook.
The Professional Cook 3 apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the six week program. Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Cook. The Red Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.
How to Apply
Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.
(250) 762-5445 (Local 4880)