Behind those tantalizing Instagram photos of food is a chef who creates edible works of art on a daily basis. Become that chef with world-class culinary training in the Culinary Arts program. With exceptional instruction and plenty of hands-on opportunities, our Culinary Arts grads have a perfect record of landing that important first job.

As well-planned as a gourmet meal, our Culinary Arts program starts you off with restaurant production methods before moving onto sweet and savoury techniques. For the main course, we’ll serve up a paid industry placement. And to finish it all off, you’ll be immersed in dining-room cuisine in our on-campus Garden Court Restaurant.

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Career Opportunities

Lethbridge College graduates are employed throughout Canada and abroad in a variety of culinary opportunities including fine restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, catering companies, flight kitchens, hospitals, care facilities, and convention centres. Opportunities also exist to own and operate your own restaurant or branch out into marketing and product development.

Recent graduates have found employment in the following roles:

  • Banquet chef
  • Banquet cook
  • Business owner
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Chef de partie
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food sales representative
  • Line cook
  • Prep cook
  • Sous chef

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Nearly 100 per cent of culinary grads land that important first job

480 hours

spent in a paid industry work placement

50+ employers

in Alberta who regularly offer paid employment to our culinary students

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

September and January

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Culinary Arts program for the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

 
Academic Requirements

Applicants to this program do not require a high school diploma; however, they must satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 10 English
  • Grade 10 Math
Non-Academic Requirements

All students in the Culinary Arts program must follow the sanitation, hygiene and safety practices standard to the industry and present themselves in the following condition whenever entering any of the food service labs: Students must be clean shaven (moustaches are acceptable), hair must be clean and controlled. Students wear a white uniform, chef hat, apron, and approved footwear.

Medical Requirements

It is strongly recommended that applicants update or complete a personal medical profile and their immunization records prior to entry into the program and employment.

Applicants may be asked to complete a follow-up medical at the discretion of the College Health Centre.

Non-Medical Requirements

Students can expect to cut and prepare products such as beef, pork, lamb, shellfish, fish, fowl, etc. Once dishes are prepared, students may be required to taste them.

Students may also be exposed to allergens such as soy, eggs, nuts, gluten, etc.

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Delivery Formats

The Culinary Arts program is delivered on campus but may have some blended and hyflex components.

Blended

This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

Hyflex

This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.

Courses

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CourseTitleCredits
Year 1
Term I
CLA-1100 Kitchen Fundamentals and Safety 6
CLA-1101 Integrated Food Services 6
CLA-1102 Meat Preparation and Saucier I 6
CLA-1103 Bakeshop Production I 6
COM-1137 Communication Skills 1.5
 Credits25.5
Term II
CLA-1104 Event Planning, Management & Nutrition 3
CLA-1105 Integrated Lunch Service 6
CLA-1106 Meat Preparation & Saucier II 6
CLA-1107 Bakeshop Production II 6
 Credits21
Year 2
Term III
CLA-2200 Industry Work Placement 1.5
 Credits1.5
Term IV
CLA-2201 Advanced Management Skills 3
CLA-2202 Integrated Dinner Service 6
CLA-2203 Meat Cutting and Cooking 6
CLA-2204 Bakeshop Production III 6
 Credits21
 Total Credits69
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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$7,343.00
$1,940.00
$900.00
Year 2
$3,936.00
$1,139.00
$565.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$21,293.00
$1,940.00
$900.00
Year 2
$11,530.00
$1,139.00
$565.00
Notes

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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Scholarships

With just one online application, you can apply for all the Lethbridge College awards and scholarships for which you qualify, including these featured scholarships:

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