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Culinary Skills (Indigenous)

Feed your culinary passion and prepare for success in the fast-paced food service industry.

Learn to professionally plan, prepare and serve meals with a curriculum that incorporates Indigenous content and pre-employment supports.

The Culinary Skills (Indigenous) program develops the in-depth knowledge, practical skills and experience you need to succeed in a variety of food service positions.

In this program, you’ll build fundamental culinary techniques, in-depth food knowledge and introductory business skills. You’ll develop your expertise in theory-based classes and practical learning labs and build experience, industry connections and confidence in a paid co-op work placement.

As part of your polytechnic education, you’ll obtain industry-relevant certifications and training in food handling, fire safety, first aid and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    1 year
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $7,200 – $8,000
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll develop crucial culinary techniques and build professional teamwork, communication, time management and problem-solving skills in preparation for a rewarding career.


Explore fundamental culinary theories and develop essential knife, safety and sanitation skills through cold food preparation and baking.


Build employer-sought skills, including basic hot food prep and short order cooking, while exploring traditional and contemporary Indigenous culture.


Sharpen your skills and build practical experience while meeting potential employers and expanding your professional network in a co-op work placement.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Line cook
  • Prep cook

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Get practical experience in a real short-order kitchen.
Learn to communicate and collaborate effectively as you prepare to lead and succeed in the food service industry.
Develop essential knife skills in a Garde Manger kitchen – one of the many modern RRC Polytech facilities designed to bring out the best in you.
As a line cook, you’re responsible for food prep and fill one of the most important roles in any kitchen.
Expand your knowledge of hot food preparation and develop a solid foundation for further learning and professional growth.
Build confidence and develop basic culinary knowledge as you learn to prepare cold food items.
Create traditional Indigenous cuisine while exploring pastry production techniques.

Graduate Success

After completing the program, Culinary Skills (Indigenous) graduates often start full-time positions with their co-op employers. Some grads also choose to expand their skill set and enhance their career potential by entering RRC Polytech’s Culinary Arts diploma program.

Support your career success

Get the skills and knowledge you need to start your culinary career with confidence. To complement your education, RRC Polytech also offers Indigenous learners various supports and services, including pre-employment support.

Succeed, celebrate and grow your goals

After completing the Culinary Skills (Indigenous) program, you’ll have all the skills and experience you need to succeed as a line cook. This position allows you to take on some of the most important responsibilities in a restaurant and is the perfect foundation for continued learning and career growth.

Sharpen your skills

RRC Polytech is focused on preparing you with career-ready skills, professional communication strategies and practical experience. These skills, combined with valuable work experience and paid co-op placements, have allowed our grads to succeed in numerous job opportunities.

“RRC Polytech’s Indigenous supports helped me with math and had cool events such as paint night. This program has given me the skills to find employment, and eventually I plan to open up a food truck.”

Waylon Terence McKay-Roulette
Line Cook, Bistro on Notre Dame; Continuing student in Culinary Arts

“I always wanted to open my own restaurant. I attended [Culinary Skills (Indigenous)] so I could learn the techniques while making connections. What I didn’t expect was the Indigenous Support Centre to be so vital.”

Sharnell McDougall – Line Cook
Diversity Food Services

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a learner in the Culinary Skills (Indigenous) program, you want to share Indigenous culture through food. You are a creative, adaptive individual who pays close attention to every detail. You enjoy working with others in fast-paced environments and want to combine your innovative ideas with advanced techniques and specialized equipment. Your willingness to practice and persist is vital to success.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Challenge-driven
  • Level-headed
  • Observer
  • Patient


  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Dependability
  • Motivation
  • Positive attitude


  • Professional chef
  • Caterer
  • Restaurant owner
  • Food truck owner
  • Hospitality
  • Cook
  • Food services
  • Sous chef
  • Line cook
  • Prep cook

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Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


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RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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