Professional Chef Diploma
  • 1160 Hours, Full-Time Diploma Program
  • 54 Weeks or approximately 12 Months
  • (4 – 5 days per week / 20 – 25 hours each)
  • Intakes: Jan, Mar & Sept (AM & PM schedules)
  • Maximum Student to Chef Instructor ratio: 12:1
  • 80% hands-on
  • Lifetime Skills Refresher & Employment  Assistance

About Our Professional Chef Diploma Program

So you want to be a Professional Chef!

What is a Chef? Many people believe it is someone who can cook the most delicious and beautiful dish. Not true, but just because you can cook a great dish, doesn’t make you a professional chef. A Professional Chef must have skills and abilities to demonstrate solid techniques, sound knowledge and creativity, combining natural attributes for leadership and of course, delicious food! Oh and by the way you must be able to do all of the above while making a profit.

Where to start?

While completing a Professional Chef Diploma won’t mean you can walk out of our culinary school or any school for that matter and instantly command a highly demanding restaurant environment, our training, theory, practical classes, projects and exposure to real situations will expose you to the rigors of what is yet to come, and give you a good foundation to start and progress through your career.

In our Professional Chef Diploma Program, you will move through three terms of learning. The first two terms are taught using a step by step modular approach, which allows you to be able to build on each skill you’re learning. Each of these modules are approximately 40 – 50 hours each, exploring one topic at a time. Each topic combines 1 – 2 days of introductory theory and 5- 6 days of practical learning in the kitchen followed by 1 day of topic review and assessment. In each of these modules you must be able to demonstrate sound knowledge and techniques learned.

During Term three, you’ll take all of the skills you’ve learned and combine them with leadership and natural attributes to explore, develop and create great food. You’ll create detailed menus and recipes, that not only taste delicious, but focus on economics. This final term is truly the finishing touches to your new skill-set as a graduate of the Professional Chef Diploma Program.

Modules Covered in the Professional Chef Diploma Program:

Term One

  • Culinary Essentials
  • Knife Skills & Kitchen Organization
  • Soups, Sauces & Stock
  • Vegetable & Starch
  • Salads & Dressings
  • Breakfast & Dairy Preparation
  • Sandwiches & Hors D’oeuvres

Term Two

  • Meat & Game Cookery
  • Poultry & Game Bird Cookery
  • Fish & Shellfish Cookery
  • Bakeshop & Breads
  • Cakes & Desserts

Term Three

  • Menu Development
  • Food Purchasing & Cost Controls
  • Advanced Cookery
  • Wine & Food Pairing
  • Beverage Service
  • Food & Culture
  • Restaurant Operations
  • Culinary Skills Presentation
  • Live Venue Restaurant Cookery

Our Approach

All of our programs uses a modular approach. This means you’ll learn one topic at a time with each module being approximately 40 – 50 hours each. Each topic combines 1 – 2 days of introductory topic theory and 5 – 6 days of practical learning in the kitchen followed by 1 day of topic review and assessment. In all modules you must be able to demonstrate sound knowledge and techniques learned.This process allows you to learn the basics and then apply them and build on them. This method accommodates a variety of learning styles (from hands-on learners to bookworms) and gives you a ton of useful and practical experience.

Practical Experience

As well as the various modules you’ll work through in your professional chef diploma program, you’ll spend time working in a production kitchen, experiencing live restaurant service, and you’ll get a chance to participate in a work experience program that will give you a better understanding of what working as a professional chef will really be like.

Career Development

Part of our services to all of our students include helping them to craft a resume that will help them to secure a job in their studied field. We also help with job search and career placements. Professional Chef students will also receive assistance in portfolio development.


To get you well on your way to your new career we include the Basic Food Safety Certification, as well as WHIMIS Certification and Smart Serve. These provide you with the tools and certifications you’ll need to start your new career as a Professional Chef.

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