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Offered to international students, this program will provide you with all the techniques and skills you need to begin your culinary career, here in Québec, or anywhere else in the world. 

Consisting of mainly workshops and internships, its learning format will provide you with plenty of hands-on experience. With all this practical knowledge, you will not only feel confident in your work environment; you will also become a candidate of choice for any employer in the restaurant industry.  

With a placement rate of almost 100%, this program is a great opportunity to find your place in a sector with a high demand for skilled workers. So join us... and let's get cooking! 

Experienced teachers

Our team of talented and experienced instructors will not only provide you with training and technical skills. They will also share their work philosophy, values and leadership to help you grow in a profession that is both demanding and exciting.

World-class facilities

The ITHQ is an incredible learning environment for international students. Here you will find:

  • 2 teaching restaurants
  • 16 kitchens and workshops with the best equipment available
  • A specialized library with tons of resources
  • 6 computer and language labs
  • A gastronomy research centre
  • A food chemistry lab, and much more!


Learn all the basic culinary skills you need

  • Know the basic products
  • Clean and organize a kitchen and store inventory
  • Develop knife skills and master basic cutting techniques
  • Safely use cooking tools and equipment; apply hygiene, cleanliness and health and safety standards
  • Create professional relationships

Master the basics of the professional kitchen

  • Acquire the skills and abilities to evaluate the sensory properties of foods
  • Choose the appropriate cooking techniques
  • Perform food preparation
  • Prepare the mise en place for soups, basic pasta dishes, hors-d’oeuvres, meat, fish and desserts
  • Create culinary platings
  • Know the quality, culinary potential and appropriate cooking methods for products
  • Work with new food technologies
  • Prepare the mise en place and learn service for production kitchen, breakfast, table d'hôte, à la carte, and buffet menus

Get ready to work

  • Learn the basics of French
  • Learn about Québec society and its work culture 


  • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in Professional Cooking from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES)
  • ITHQ Certificate in Professional Cooking
  • Food Handler certification in hygiene and food safety from the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

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