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About the Waterloo Region

The Waterloo Region finds itself at the center of an up-and-coming and always-evolving food scene with a large array of domestic and ethnic food establishments. The Waterloo Region is conveniently located for ease of travel to multiple cities in the area such as Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, and it is only 1 hour from Toronto, Ontario.

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Why Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence?

Students choose Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence for its commitment to excellence in Culinary Arts training and success in job placements. Our training is comprised of practical hands-on training (67%) and in-class theory (33%).

Practical hands-on training - 67% of class time is in the kitchen

Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence is a Designated Learning Institution: DLI# O260428979632

Top Toques welcomes students from around the globe.

Our Programs

At Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence, we are committed to improving the culinary industry by providing higher education opportunities and exceptional professional training focused on employable skills that prepare the students under our tutelage for the demands of the workforce. We pledge to impart uncompromising dedication, knowledge, skills, and techniques in a dynamic and practical learning environment built on the expectations of the industry. Thus, preparing our students for the industry on both the regional and global scales.

We offer a variety of diploma programs catered to your future culinary goals, click on the programs below for more information:

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Pass a qualifying test that has been approved by the Superintendent
  • 18 years or age or older

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 overall band or equivalent assessment.

Following Tests/scores are accepted as IELTS Equivalent assessment tests for English Language Proficiency:

  • TOEFL Academic (Score 60 or above)
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic (Score 51 or above)
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic (Score 51 or above)

Study Permit / Visa

EduCanada Study Permits and Visas:

Please visit the Government of Canada website at:

Required Documents

  • Letter of acceptance from us
  • Receipt of tuition payment

Application Process

Please fill in the pre-admissions form. We will review your information and contact you within 2 business days to arrange a time and date for a telephone or Skype pre-application interview about your desire to receive culinary training. You will then apply for formal admissions.

Your application to Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence will be reviewed for acceptance within 5 business days. Accepted students will receive a formal acceptance letter from Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence which is what is required to next apply for your student VISA.

Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence requires Basic English proficiency for admittance. You will need to have completed the IELTS (International English Literacy Test Score) with a Band Score of at least 5.5 needed for admission within the last two years.

For more information on the IELTS click here.

Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence is a Designated Learning Institution: DLI# O260428979632

Student Visa Information

With your acceptance letter from Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence you can now apply for a Student Visa to come to Canada as an International Student.

You will complete the Student Visa Application at: www.cic.gc.ca

Please note: You are allowed to work in Canada on a part-time basis up to 20 hours per week while a full time student at Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence. You are also allowed to work full time during all breaks and school vacation periods.

For more information on student work permits visit: www.canada.ca

We are here to assist you anytime if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the Waterloo Region and being an instrumental part of your stay in Canada.

Upcoming Class Dates

All programs start on the same date.
July 2nd, 2024
August 19th, 2024
October 28th, 2024

Top 10 Reasons to Train at
Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence


Hands-on practical training with Award Winning Certified Chef Instructors, Chef de Cuisines, Certified Culinary Educators, and World Master Chef Society members.


Continuous start dates. Top Toques has new programs starting every 5 to 10 weeks. Why wait to start your future? Ask us today about our next upcoming start dates.


Career Action Plan Services (CAPS). Students learn the necessary skills to complete job searches, interviews, and other career-building skills.


Small class sizes. Get the attention you deserve with our personalized boutique-style instruction. Students work directly with our top trained chef instructors.


Flexible class schedules. Earn while you learn! We offer both part time and full time studies. Most full time programs are only 4 hours a day, leaving you time to work.


Successful employment rate. Our graduates are actively working in the food service industry locally and globally. We take pride in our students success.


As a graduate of Top Toques you can always come back for placement assistance and course refreshers. We are always here to help our students anyway we can.


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Comprehensive & Accelerated Programs. All our programs are offered in an accelerated time frame and can be completed in as little as 15 weeks, with programs designed to offer 70% practical training and 30% theory-based.


Flexible payment plans. Top Toques offers flexible in-house payment plans. We will also direct you towards any government funding when available.

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