Professional Cook

Take your love of food and creativity to the next level!

Imagine a career where you spend your day creating edible works of art! If you have a love of food , are creative and like to work as part of a team, then a career as a professional cook a great choice for you !

To work as a professional cook, you should:

  • Have a creative passion for food and flavours
  • Have a good communication skills and the ability to multitask
  • Enjoy working with people as part of a high energy team

Learn the skills you need to succeed in this fast-paced career, and showcase your talents in the College’s own Class Act Dining Room. You’ll learn from our Red Seal chefs who have a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry.

Here’s how the College of the Rockies can help you to start a career as a professional cook:


Professional Cook Pathways

*Not currently offered at College of the Rockies. Visit the Trades Training BC website for details on dates and locations for these program offerings.

College of the Rockies offers Professional Cook Level 1 and Challenge Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Foundation Program

  • 28-week full time program
  • September intake
  • You do not need an employer to take the Professional Cook program. In fact, the main reason to take this program is to gain experience and knowledge about the culinary industry to make it easier for you to get a job.

If you are a high school student, contact the counseling office at your high school for information on how to become a Youth Train in Trades student and get a jump-start on your trades training while you complete your high school diploma. Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program.

E-PPRENTICE Program

Explore our E-PPRENTICE program which allows you to complete your Professional Cook apprenticeship online.

Professional Cook Training Schedule

ProgramLevelStartsEndsLength
*Professional Cook1September 6, 2022March 31, 202328 Weeks
*Professional Cook1September 5, 2023March 28, 202428 Weeks
*Cook 1 Challenge1March 27, 2023March 28, 20232 Days
*Cook 1 Challenge1April 2, 2024April 3, 20242 Days
*Cook 2 Challenge2April 13, 2023April 14, 20232 Days
*Cook 2 Challenge2April 11, 2024April 12, 20242 Days
*Cook 3 Challenge3April 20, 2023April 21, 20232 Days
*Cook 3 Challenge3April 18, 2024April 19, 20242 Days

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |