Chefs and Cooks

Chefs plan and direct food preparation and cooking activities and prepare and cook meals and specialty food. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, clubs and ships. Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments. Cooks are also employed aboard ships and at construction and mining camps. Apprentice cooks are included in this unit group.


  • High school diploma.
  • Three-year cook apprenticeship or college program, or a combination of education and experience.
  • Specialty chefs require several years of experience in commercial food preparation.

Future Prospects:

These occupations are affected by resource developments and are expected to peak in 2016. Employment prospects for these occupations over the long term are good.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 30.5% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 41.9% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 27.6% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 30.5% live in other communities. About 62.9% are employed in the Accommodation and Food Services industry and 7.6% in the Construction sector.