Who it’s for

You love food and you love to cook in a busy environment where you’re always on your feet and moving. You have a keen sense of taste and smell, and you love to keep things clean and organized. You take direction well and work well with others.

What you’ll learn

You will learn Level 1 Apprenticeship cooking/baking principles and techniques in a production kitchen. You’ll be able to prepare many basic recipes as you learn knife skills, food and workplace safety, kitchen multitasking, communication, and teamwork.

Program details

Program length:

1 year full time (10 months)



Work-integrated Learning:

4-week practicum

Start Times:

  • Fall / Winter



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Your career

Dining out is a part of life for many people—whether in restaurants, take out or delivery—so this is generally a high-demand industry with employment opportunities everywhere.

You will be able to find work in restaurants, food service, hotels, banquets and catering, or start and run your own business. And, with Level 1 Apprenticeship accreditation, you’ll be set on a course to earn your Red Seal designation.

Career opportunities

  • Prep cook
  • Line cook
  • Cook
  • Banquet cook
  • Deli worker
  • Catering chef

Career opportunities

  • Prep cook
  • Line cook
  • Cook
  • Banquet cook
  • Deli worker
  • Catering chef

Program features and outcomes

  • Apprenticeship Manitoba Level 1 accreditation
  • Practical, hands-on skills development
  • Employable skills that can be used anywhere
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors who are active, influential, in the industry
  • Up-to-date, professional equipment, tools and products

Key Program Courses

  • Cooking principles
  • Stocks, soups and sauces
  • Meats, poultry, fish and seafood
  • Patisserie and baking
  • Breakfast and dairy
  • Menu planning and food costing

Admission requirements

  • Manitoba high school diploma
  • Grade 12 Math (40S)* or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)* or equivalent
  • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

*minimum grade of 50%

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Student success stories

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"I'm enjoying learning lots of new things and getting to know lots of new things. I never really knew how to fillet a fish or debone a chicken. It was really nice to do each of these things, so if someone asks me to do these things, I know how to do it."

— Marc