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.


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

Professional Cook Training Schedule

*Professional Cook1September 3, 2024April 3, 202528 Weeks
*Professional Cook1September 2, 2025April 3, 202628 Weeks
*Cook 1 Challenge1April 7, 2025April 8, 20252 Days
*Cook 2 Challenge2April 24, 2025April 25, 20252 Days
*Cook 3 Challenge3May 1, 2025May 2, 20252 Days

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |