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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Professional Cook


Occupation Description: 
Cook means a person who performs all phases of kitchen activities including the preparation and presentation of vegetables, soups, sauces, meat, fish and poultry, cold kitchen items; desserts, baking, pastry; basic menu planning/costing as well as knowledge of safety, sanitation and food storage, and who has a knowledge of human and customer relations. ‚ÄčThey usually work under limited supervision and will be competent at the major techniques and principles used in cooking, baking, and other aspects of food preparation. In addition to a sound set of cooking skills, a professional cook at this level should be able to plan and cost menus and recipes, and have an understanding of the communication skills that will be necessary to begin to take a leadership role in the kitchen.

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the Principal, Benjamin King, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Benjamin via email ( or text/call (778-984-1354) at anytime during the application process.

‚ÄčTime Commitment
  • 1 intake:  February (ending in late June)
  • 5 months
  • 5 days a week
  • start and end times will vary, depending on high school‚Äč

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 6 students per school intake
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • the Ministry of Education has allowed students to take this program after graduating, but they must:
    • understand that first priority is given to a student applying for it in his/her grade 12 year... "grads" would be on a waiting list, to start‚Äč
    • talk to their counselor well in advance (early January of gr 12 - course selection time)
    • talk to the district coordinator well in advance (early January of gr 12‚Äč)
    • complete ‚Äča 'transition plan' (see district coordinator)
    • have a plan of action‚Äč between June (grad) and Feb (start of sem 2)
      • ex: take Auto 12, work in an auto shop, upgrade math skills,...
  • must have government-issued photo ID that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date in mid-June (ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)‚Äč

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $400 for course materials, textbook, jacket, etc.

Locations‚Äč & Transportation

  • Centennial, Gleneagle and Riverside
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian‚Äč


  • ideally 2-3 cooking-type classes:
    • Cook Training 11 and/or 12
    • Foods & Nutrition 11 and/or 12
  • Food Safe Level 1 before the start date 
  • good literacy a‚Äčnd numeracy skills
  • good attendance + lates record

Skills + Attributes‚Äč

  • passion for cooking
  • attention to detail‚Äč
  • ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time‚Äč

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč‚Äč




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828