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Cook Basic

This diploma program is an intensive 300-hour exploration and application of classic culinary skills and techniques.
Top Toques offers ministry-approved diploma programs for individuals who love to cook and want to learn what it takes to be successful in the foodservice industry.

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Program Details

Program Name
Cook Basic
Program Length
300 hours - 15 weeks
Full-time (also offered on a part-time basis)
Open for International Students
Program Prerequisites
Ontario high school diploma or completion of CAST entrance exam
Cook Basic Diploma
This diploma program is an intensive 300-hour exploration and application of classic culinary techniques. Two-thirds of the program is spent in the kitchen, under the supervision of award winning and highly accredited certified Chef Instructors. Students develop the real-world hands-on skills necessary for culinary success. This program is designed by professional Chefs for individuals looking to enter the culinary world as cooks and ultimately become Chefs themselves.

We prepare graduates to work successfully in the food service industry.
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Program Highlights

Sanitation, Safety and Equipment
Bake Theory
Basic Nutrition
Culinary Techniques – Basic
Communications – Basic
Techniques of Baking
Kitchen Management
Food Theory – Basic
Quantity Food Preparation

Admissions Requirements

If you wish to be admitted into Top Toques Institute of Culinary Excellence in Ontario, our admissions process includes a few requirements for students. Students must have completed high school and provide proof of their diploma or transcript. Those who have not completed high school may still be accepted into our program by successfully taking and passing the CAST entrance exam. International students must provide us with proof of post-secondary education or high school completion from their country and successfully complete the IELTS test within the last two years with a 5.5 overall band score. Please note we may also ask international students to complete the CAST entrance exam successfully.

Upcoming Class Dates

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

Application Process

  1. Research Programs Offered
  2. Ensure all Pre-requisites are Met
  3. Review Selection Process
  4. Apply to Program of Interest
  5. Receive Information Interview Session Invite
  6. Attend Interview
If you have any questions, or would rather apply over the phone, please call the Director of Admissions at 519-743-8335.
To speed up the application process, download and fill in the PDF form, and send it to
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