Institutional Cook Apprenticeship

Institutional Cook Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

Apprenticeship Info

Program Code



Program Length

September start (Day Release): Attend class for two days per week (Wednesday/Thursday) for 30 weeks.

Contact your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for start dates.


Contact Information

Michael Teune
program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 5158


The 2016/2017 fee for this program is $600. Fees are subject to change. For detailed information, refer to the program page on the website.

$400 – textbooks; $155 to $265 – uniform; $100 – safety shoes.

Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Several government services, such as Job Connect or your local Employment Ontario office, can help you get started in the more than 150 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training.

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You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MTCU. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MTCU.



Recommended Preparation
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
• Grade 12 C or U English or equivalent
• Grade 12 C Mathematics

For Peel Region, please contact:

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development – Apprenticeship Branch
The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6
905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332

On June 13, 2016, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Both names may appear on this website.

Our Program

Humber’s Institutional Cook Apprenticeship program focuses on large-quantity food production using bulk cooking methods. This involves using specialized equipment and following strictly prescribed menus created in advance by dietitians and food service managers.

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Apprenticeship Info

Your Career

Institutional cooks prepare meals which must meet individual dietary needs and textures, health requirements, religious needs and cultural preferences. Institutional cooks work in long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, daycare centres, school dining areas, correctional facilities and corporate environments.

Our Facilities

Humber is home to the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science, Canada’s leading centre of excellence in culinary education, apprenticeship training, and culinary research and development.

Kitchen Lab Facilities
Humber’s dedicated kitchen labs comprise the most modern facilities in the world. Among them are the award-winning Compass Group Canada culinary demonstration theatre and kitchen lab, and the Garland and Mandarin induction cooking labs, all of which feature a high-tech exhaust system, a theatre-style seating area, a cooking demonstration area, and liquid crystal display (LCD) screen TVs. Other labs include a dedicated butchery and charcuterie lab, small-quantity multi-purpose kitchens, the kitchens of The Humber Room restaurant and two dedicated baking and pastry labs.

On-Campus Restaurant Training Facility
The Humber Room is an on-campus full-service restaurant, where lunches and dinners are prepared by students studying in a culinary program and service is provided by students in a hospitality program. The restaurant is open to the public during the regular school semesters, providing our students with real-world restaurant experience. A $1 million renovation, to enhance the student’s learning experience, was completed in the summer of 2013.

Wine Tasting and Demonstration Lab
The wine tasting and demonstration lab is equipped with its own wine cellar/cooler, a demonstration induction cooking unit, glassware racks, and storage and washing equipment. It is here that you will be introduced to the intricacies of food and wine pairing.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Humber’s culinary and pastry programs have been awarded international recognition from the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program for meeting or exceeding the WACS standards of quality culinary education.


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