Is food your passion? Do you love the fast-paced kitchen life? Then consider the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Whether it’s here at home, abroad, on deployment, at sea, or in the air, our cooks provide the fuel that keeps the men and women of the CAF up and running.
The majority of all Cooks are employed at bases and wings while the other serve with land-based operational units, or onboard ships and submarines. In this role you will adhere to strict standards of nutrition, cleanliness, and food handling to make sure everyone’s getting the sustenance they need to do their jobs.
Cooks prepare nutritious food items and meals for CAF members and National Defence employees.
Their responsibilities are to:
- Prepare and serve meals that range from cafeteria-style menu items to formal multi-course meals for military and civilian dignitaries
- Assist in the handling and control of food and non-food supplies
- Practice workplace health and safety procedures
- Operate, clean and maintain food services equipment and facilities
- Manage food safety
To be eligible to apply to the CAF, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent), except:
- For the Paid Education programs—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent
- For the Primary Reserves—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent) and must be enrolled as a full-time student
- have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Québec (some jobs need higher levels of education)
Related civilian occupations:
- Institutional or Restaurant Cook
- Food Services Instructor in high schools or colleges
- Food Services Manager or Supervisor (Food Service Establishment)
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding but achievable.
Basic Occupational Qualification
Cooks attend a training course at the Canadian Forces Logistics in Borden, Ontario. Based on a combination of theory, demonstration, and hands-on experience, Cooks will learn the following basic skills:
- Cooking terminology, weights and measures
- Conversions and equivalencies
- Introductory baking and meat cutting
- Small and large quantity cooking of a full range of products
- Field cooking
- Food safety practices and techniques
- Food service standards and basic food cost controls
- Fire and safety precautions
- Equipment & facility maintenance
Cooks may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training. Specialty courses include:
- Instructional techniques
- Red Seal certification
- Submarine service
- Flight Steward
- Food & Beverage Manager certification
- National Food Safety Training Program
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 11 or Secondaire V in Quebec, including Grade 11 general (workplace) math or math 514 in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
As this position requires specialty training, the CAF will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan (NCM-STEP) students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full-pay in exchange for working with the CAF for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the CAF and the appropriate college.
If you already have a college diploma or certificate in food services or culinary arts, the CAF will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Join the CAF
To learn more about becoming a Cook, talk to a recruiter at a centre nearest you or call 1-800-856-8488.
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