WHAT DOES A PROFESSIONAL COOK DO?
- prepares vegetables, soups, sauces, meats, fish and poultry, cold kitchen items, deserts, baking and pastry for presentation
- basic menu planning/costing
- supervises safety in the kitchen, sanitation and safe food storage
WHAT DO I NEED TO START?
- must be going into grade 11 or 12
- strong interest in cooking
- hand/eye coordination and good motor skills are assets
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- post-secondary apprenticeship training without the tuition fee
- 28 graduation credits
- 120 hours of work experience
- Apprenticeship Technical Training Level 1 Certificate of Qualification
- Food Safe Level 1
- building connections with industry employers
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
- Burnaby Central Secondary School, Monday to Thursday from 2-7 pm
- attend current school in the morning (M-Th) and Fridays to complete other courses
HOW DO I REGISTER?
- submit an application package
- participate in a program interview
Alexandra Hourston completed the Professional Cook 1 Program and graduated in 2014. She completed her apprenticeship at the award-winning Loden Boutique Hotel in downtown Vancouver. She plans to further explore her Aboriginal heritage through food (Ojibwa and Cree Nations) and then share this culinary knowledge with the world and the universal language of food.