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Culinary Arts

Workforce development skills training in technical culinary arts

Start your career in sustainable food & hospitality.

Participants will learn from and work with, culturally diverse and incredibly talented “top chefs." On top of the technical skills, participants will learn about food security, food sovereignty, nutrition, healthy eating, food budgeting, agriculture, foraging, and receive incredible hands-on experience. A portion of the program focuses on organic food gardening, seasonal foraging and the importance of local sourcing. A focus on a large variety of cuisines from Somali, to Indigenous, to Indian, and beyond provides for a  fascinating, flavourful journey of learning.


Youth aged 15-30 facing barriers to education and employment with upward mobility. Must be eligible to work in Canada, current students are not eligible.


Hands on, residential, paid work experience and skills training in culinary arts and sustainable hospitality.


Culinary Arts is available in Durham, Ontario, Collingwood Ontario and Perth-Andover, New Brunswick.


Programs run for 6 weeks at a time on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Complete the application form and tell us why you think you are a good fit for the program!


  • Workplace & food safety 
  • Sanitation & food handling 
  • Nutrition
  • Technical culinary skills
  • Wood fired oven & pen fire food prep
  • Various cultural traditional cuisines 
  • Plating & presentation
  • Hospitality
  • Foraging & gardening 

Brilliant futures start here.


get paid to learn

Spend 6 weeks living, learning and working at one of our beautiful campuses developing skills for your future career and getting paid for your time.

build a support network

Everyone who interacts with Elephant Thoughts becomes part of an international family of incredible humans who will be there to support you along your journey.

invest in yourself

Gain incredible experiences, skills, certifications and connections that will help you achieve your career and life goals.

Let's get down to the nitty gritty


The next session starts July 4 – August 20 in Collingwood. 

– Legally able to work in Canada

– Not currently enrolled in high school or post secondary education

– Between the ages of 15 and 30

The ideal candidate for this program is an individual with a passion to learn and grow but faces barriers (social, geographic, mental, physical, economic, etc.)  to achieving their goals. 

30 hours of training or working time per week for 6-8 weeks. 

Youth participants must complete WHIMIS for all programs and an online food handling course for culinary arts, prior to gaining access to the program. All costs will be covered by Elephant Thoughts.​

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