Foundations of Cooking Program - XBUS 2300

Start an exciting new career in the food industry and get cooking with NorQuest!

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Are you passionate about cooking and want to work in a fast-paced environment?

This program is currently funded by the Government of Alberta.

Admission Requirements:
  • A passion for food and serving others
  • An interest in working in a fast-paced environment, with a varied working schedule
  • A current resident of Alberta, who is 18 years of age or older
  • Currently unemployed or underemployed – must be currently on EI, have been on EI in the last 10 years, or eligible for EI
  • Ready, willing, and able to commit 20 weeks to the training and participate in full-time employment upon completion of the program
The next cohort of funded training will start on February 14, 2022. Please contact to apply.

This training is also offered via custom training - please call 780-644-6480 to learn more about how we can offer this training in your community.

NorQuest College, is offering the opportunity for those interested in joining this exciting industry to complete the Foundations of Cooking Program. This funded program consists of essential skills needed for success in the industry and basic skills required by professional chefs and cooks, including kitchen safety, knife technique, and the practical elements of cooking from scratch such as hot food preparation, cold food service, desserts, and a special unit on Indigenous foods. This course balances 50% classroom instruction with 50% kitchen instruction to prepare students for a successful start in the culinary field as an entry-level cook.
This training is taught by industry professionals, with years of experience and are passionate about teaching the next generation of culinary professionals. This intensive training contains a focus on safe food preparation and work practices, customer services, and from scratch cooking methods. We’ve also added a module entirely dedicated to Indigenous Canadian cooking – a first for an Alberta Culinary Arts program!

For more information, please see our pdf fact sheet.

Foundations of Cooking Training - XBUS 2300

Currently, there are no classes scheduled. Please sign up to be notified when classes are added.


Custom training

We focus on the partnership. We want to support our client's success and prosperity. Whether we use our existing continuing education courses and build on that, or if we start from scratch, we will work with you to deliver results. We customize curriculum based on your business or organizational needs. Talk to us today.

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Save on the cost of training

Whether you are an individual or an organization looking for training for your staff, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant can help save on the costs. Many of our continuing education and custom training programs qualify for the grant. What does that mean? With the grant, you can save two-thirds of the costs.

For details on which courses and programs qualify, talk to one of our program officers.

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Hospitality Contact Information

Main Office:
10230 108 St NW
Room C100
Edmonton, AB Canada T5J 1L4
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