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Culinary Skills

Fanshawe College
30 weeks
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Blended learning
London (Ontario, Canada)
January 2021

Program description

Culinary Skills

A career in the culinary arts is a rare opportunity to combine the creativity of cooking with the satisfaction that comes from making people happy. If you’re looking to turn your cooking hobby into a career or if you’re interested in taking your already impressive culinary skillset to the next level, our culinary school will get you on your way.

Cooking is an art and providing the tools to thrive in the exciting world of the professional kitchen is what this program is all about. At chef school, you’ll develop your culinary skills while fine-tuning your stock, soup, baking and braising skills. You’ll also learn about the tourism and restaurant business, purchasing and menu planning, meat and baking theory.

Join a culinary school that prepares you for success

  • Graduate from our chef school with the knowledge, expertise and experience to serve the emerging market
  • Hone your culinary craft and be ready to launch your career with a professional kitchen or catering company
  • Gain practical, hands-on kitchen training in Fanshawe’s teaching restaurant, The Chef’s Table at Fanshawe College, located in downtown London
  • Specialize your culinary skills further with the option to complete the second year of the Culinary Management or Baking and Pastry Arts Management diploma programs and gain dual credentials

This program has both on-campus and blending learning options. Please note that the blending learning option is only open to Canadian students.

Admission requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
  • University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
  • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any Grade 11 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)


Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
    • Any Grade 11 Mathematics* (C), (U) or (M)


Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Food Preparation 1
  • Food Safe, Smart Serve & First Aid
  • Bake Practical 1
  • Bake Theory
  • Career Preparation
  • Reason & Writing 1-Tourism/Hospitality
  • Math for Hospitality
  • Restaurant Production 1

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Food Preparation 2
  • Garde Manger
  • Purchasing & Menu Planning
  • Comm for Tourism & Hospitality
  • Basic Culinary Knowledge
  • Nutrition-Intro
  • Cultural Anthropology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 1,360.26 CAD, and the total fees are 2,693.64 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,233.50 CAD, and the total fees are 9,172.86 CAD.

For more detailed information about fees, please visit the institute webpage.


Credential - Ontario College Graduate Certificate

  1. provide fundamental culinary preparation and presentation for a variety of food service environments using a range of classical and contemporary techniques.
  2. apply basic food and bake science to food preparation to create a desired end product.
  3. contribute to and monitor adherence of others to the provision of a wellmaintained kitchen environment and to the service of food and beverage products that are free from harmful bacteria or other contaminants, adhering to health, safety, sanitation and food handling regulations.
  4. ensure the safe operation of the kitchen and all aspects of food preparation to promote healthy work spaces and the responsible, efficient use of resources.
  5. support the development of menu options that reflect knowledge of nutrition and food ingredients, promote general health and well-being, respond to a range of nutritional needs and preferences and address modifications for special diets, food allergies and intolerances, as required.
  6. apply fundamental business principles and recognized industry costing and control practices to food service operations to promote a fiscally responsible operation
  7. apply basic knowledge of sustainability*, ethical and local food sourcing, and food security to food preparation and kitchen management, recognizing the potential impacts on food production, consumer choice and operations within the food service industry.
  8. use technology, including contemporary kitchen equipment, for food production and promotion.
  9. Perform effectively as a member of a food and beverage preparation and service team and contribute to the success of a food-service operation by applying self-management and interpersonal skills.
  10. develop strategies for continuous personal and professional learning to ensure currency with and responsiveness to emerging culinary techniques, regulations, and practices in the food service industry.

Career opportunities

There is a great demand for qualified trained cooks in the food and beverage industry. Graduates can expect to be eligible for a variety of entry-level positions in a broad range of Food Service Operations, from fast food restaurants to hotels, as well as commercial and industrial catering operations. Positions attained can range from line cooks, prep cooks, counter servers, assistant cooks, breakfast cooks, assistant bakers and more.

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Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

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Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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