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 Careers program. With exceptional instruction and plenty of hands-on opportunities, our Culinary Careers grads have a perfect record of landing that important first job.

As well-planned as a gourmet meal, our Culinary Careers 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: 

  • Baker
  • Banquet chef
  • Banquet cook
  • Business owner
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Chef de partie
  • Corporate chef
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive chef
  • Food and Beverage manager
  • Food sales representative
  • Instructor
  • 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



August, January

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2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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New students are accepted into the Culinary Careers program for the Fall (September) term with a late August program start date. New students are also accepted in the Winter (January) term.

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 Careers diploma 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.

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Delivery Formats

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


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.


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.


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Course Title Credits
Year 1
COM-1137 Communication Skills 1.5
CUL-1115 Management Controls 3
CUL-1116 Breakfast Soups and Pantry 3
CUL-1117 Vegetables and Farinaceous 3
CUL-1118 Production Skills 6
CUL-1120 Meat Cutting and Meat Cookery 6
CUL-1121 Bakeshop 6
CUL-1122 Stocks and Sauces 3
CUL-1127 Culinary Careers Introduction 3
  Credits 34.5
Year 2
CUL-2201 Food Service Management and Saucier 6
CUL-2207 Lunch Express Entremetier and Nutrition 6
CUL-2208 Buffets and Bakery 6
CUL-2212 Evening Dining and Preparing Proteins 6
CUL-2213 Gala Banquets 3
CUL-2218 Industry Work Placement 1.5
  Credits 28.5
  Total Credits 63
Practicum Experience Requirements

There is a required practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Apprenticeship Pathway

Students who have successfully completed Lethbridge College's Culinary Careers Diploma program can continue to obtain their Journeyman Certification by registering with Apprenticeship Alberta.  For more information about Alberta's apprenticeship requirements go to:

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Tuition and Fees

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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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