The Culinary Skills program is designed to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of food-service industry settings.
Areas of study include:
- Baking and pastry arts
- Classic and contemporary a la carte cuisine
- Computer applications
- Development of essential communication skills
- Flavours and cooking methods
- Food service principles
- Understanding of ingredients
In addition, related business management studies and general education courses round out the program. You will learn through a combination of activity-based classroom instruction and practical application in our culinary, pastry and restaurant labs. You will also gain practical experience through our student-run, open-to-the-public restaurant and a field placement at a school-approved industry property.
Upon successful completion of this program, you may qualify for advanced standing in Year 2 of Durham College’s Culinary Management program. The Culinary Skills program is offered at the Whitby campus, home of the college’s new W. Galen Weston Centre for Food. This incredible learning centre provides access to a full-service green certified teaching restaurant and lounge; a demonstration theatre; and state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and meeting spaces, all designed to offer you the best possible learning experience.
Students in this program will benefit from working and learning in Bistro ’67, a full-service, green-certified teaching and learning restaurant operated by staff and students.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Provide fundamental culinary preparation and presentation for a variety of food service environments using a range of classical and contemporary techniques.
- Apply basic food and bake science to food preparation to create a desired end product.
- Contribute to and monitor adherence of others to the provision of a well-maintained 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply fundamental business principles and recognized industry costing and control practices to food service operations to promote a fiscally responsible operation
- 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.
- Use technology, including contemporary kitchen equipment, for food production and promotion.
- 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.
- 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.