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Vocational

DVS Cuisine – 5311

ITHQ Signature program

Cucina Italiana

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Are you passionate about Italian cuisine and gastronomy? By enrolling in the Cucina Italiana program, you will be able to obtain your DVS in Cuisine while immersing yourself in the culinary traditions of Italy. 

Admission

January 16 to March 1

Course start date

August

Duration

14 months full-time (1 884 h)

Format

In-person

Schedule

Full-time

Language of instruction

French

Compulsory internships

Yes

Diploma

Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Overview

This accelerated training course will allow you to learn all the basic techniques of professional cooking in addition to specializing in Italian cuisine. Thanks to passionate instructors and a unique immersion stay in Italy, you will have everything you need to become a pro in Italian cooking. 

Program key elements

  • A unique training course focussing on the classics of Italian gastronomy 
  • Italian language and culture courses
  • 3-month stay in Italy
  • Action learning in the ITHQ’s restaurants
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Master the basics of the world’s most popular cuisine!

What you will learn
Simplicity, freshness, tradition

  • Classic recipes of Italian gastronomy
  • Showcasing products from Italy and Québec
  • Sensorial qualities of the foods
  • Basic cuts and cooking techniques
  • Kitchen organization and storage of goods
  • Mise en place and presentation of dishes
  • Teamwork within the brigade
  • Varied menu service
  • Hygiene and food safety standards
  • Occupational health and safety standards

Partners

Studying in Cucina Italiana is not only about learning techniques. Every day, you will experience emotions. With each bite you take, you will fall more in love with this cuisine that comes from the heart.

Pasquale Vari

Cooking Instructor

Program structure and courses

Duration and schedule

  • Program starting every year in the fall 
  • Spread over 14 months full-time (3 continuing sessions)
  • Includes a total of 1 884 hours, including 1 464 hours of coursework and 420 hours of internship
  • Daytime courses and practical applications in the evening

  • Schedule, dates and course order are subject to change.
  • The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program if there are insufficient registrations to justify its offering. In such cases, program and registration fees will be refunded in full.

Hands-on experience

Compulsory internship:

  • A 3-month end-of-studies stay (420 h) in Italy, offered in collaboration with ALMA – International School of Italian Cuisine (subject to obtaining the required visa).
  • This stay includes 2 weeks of seminars, practical workshops and visits to producers, as well as 10 weeks of unpaid internship in a restaurant service establishment.
  • The cost of the plane ticket is the responsibility of the student. Accommodation and food will be provided. 

Practical applications:

  • Production of dishes for the ITHQ restaurants customers
  • Participation in various gastronomic activities

     

    Internships are compulsory to obtain the ITHQ Signature certificate.

    Diploma

    • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in Cuisine from the Ministère de l’Éducation
    • ITHQ Signature certificate in Cucina Italiana
    • Food Handler certification in hygiene and food safety from the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec.

    All students are required to follow certain basic rules regarding professional image.

    Admission

    Admission application periods

    Québec and Canadian applicants

    January 16 to March 1 (course start date in August)

    International applicants

    November 2 to February 1 (course start date in August)

    Admission requirements

    To be eligible for this program, you must:

    • Have a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) or equivalent education, OR
    • Be at least 16 years of age and have successfully completed your Secondary 5 French (or English, if you studied in English), Second Language (English or French, as the case may be) and Mathematics courses, or equivalent education.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written French: refer to the Required language proficiency page for more details.

    Experience in the restaurant industry is an asset.

    Selection interview

    If your application file is eligible, you will be invited to a selection interview, which will take place either in person or remotely, depending on your place of residence.

    In-person interview dates for Canadian applicants:

    • Fall 2024 session: Thursday, April 4, Friday, April 5 and Monday, April 8, 2024

    Required documents

    • Applicants must meet all of the requirements of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late admission application files will be considered ineligible.
    • In order for your file to be considered complete, be sure to upload legible copies of all official documents required by your status in PDF format.  
    • Documents that are not in French or English must be accompanied by an official translation in French or English.

    Important

    The ITHQ will accept only one application per applicant for its vocational training programs. Although the SRAM admission platform allows you to submit up to 3 applications, only your 1st choice of program will be considered. Your 2nd or 3rd choice will automatically be rejected.

    • Complete transcripts of university-level studies, including obtained diplomas and certificates, if applicable
    • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable
    • Birth certificate
    • Grades 10, 11 and 12 transcripts
    • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
    • Diploma(s) obtained
    • Proof of language proficiency in French (language test result or proof of exemption)
    • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable
    • Birth certificate
    • Canadian citizenship certificate OR permanent resident card
    • Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), if applicable
    • Complete transcripts for the last 3 years of high school (equivalent to grade 9, 10 and 11)
    • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
    • Diploma(s) obtained
    • Proof of language proficiency in French (language test result or proof of exemption)
    • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable
    • Birth certificate
    • Complete transcripts for the last 3 years of high school (equivalent to grade 9, 10 and 11)
    • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
    • Diploma(s) obtained
    • Proof of language proficiency in French (language test result or proof of exemption)
    • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable

    Costs and financial aid


    Program fees

    Use the program fee calculator to find out about the costs of this program.

    Financial aid and scholarships

    Looking for financial support for your study project? Find out about the different options available to you.  

    Future prospects

    At the heart of a brigade

    Working as a cook requires the mastery of culinary techniques as well as a developed sense of aesthetics and organization. This training will allow you to develop all the necessary skills to access the kitchens of the best restaurants, which are constantly looking for new talent.

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