Honors Bachelor of Food Studies
George Brown College
CAD 21,429 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for international students. All fees are subject to change, without notice
The first four-year Honours Bachelor of Food Studies degree in Canada combines culinary arts and a comprehensive food studies curriculum.
The food sector is always changing, particularly when it comes to hospitality and culinary arts. This constant change has reinforced the need for a more holistic approach to culinary education – one that allows students to examine the food system while mastering a variety of culinary techniques.
The Honours Bachelor of Food Studies program provides the food leaders of tomorrow with the skills, insights, and knowledge to succeed in this rapidly changing field. It offers extensive career pathways for food service professionals while providing the food sector with leaders who can thrive in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Graduates will be positioned to succeed in a wide range of food-related occupations including roles in culinary, education, tourism, recreation, health, food security, sustainability, economic development, agriculture, public policy, and research. There are growing opportunities for careers informed by both culinary experience and versatile critical thinking.
Toronto provides a unique setting for this program because of its wealth of multicultural and Indigenous food traditions. In the classroom and beyond, students will be introduced to the vibrant world of food in a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Students will participate in a paid co-op placement focused on the application of culinary and food animation skills. In addition, throughout the program, selected courses will include community-engaged learning opportunities.
Your Field Education Options
Take part in a unique and robust externship. George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue independent industry work experience opportunities they believe will provide the learning experiences they value and meet the program's learning outcomes. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resumé.
In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College strives to provide learning opportunities with real-world challenges and customers. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships for international students at George Brown College are generally in-program awards based on students’ academic performance (and other criteria) at George Brown College after the beginning of the academic program.
* seven-week course
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Articulate the interconnected structures and functions of food systems at the local, national and international levels.
- Analyze social, cultural, political, and environmental influences on current and emerging food-related theory, policy, and practice.
- Recommend informed responses to both practical and scholarly issues and challenges using insights from food systems theory and the study of global cuisine.
- Acquire foundational culinary skill proficiency and operational knowledge appropriate to enter into the culinary industry.
- Integrate a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems perspective into culinary theory and practice.
- Construct coherent arguments to address debates within the broad field of food studies.
- Appraise research methodologies used across disciplines related to food studies.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats appropriate to academic, government, non-profit, business, and media environments.
- Articulate how uncertainty, ambiguity, and limits to knowledge influence perception and interpretation of debates in food studies and consider issues from multiple perspectives.
- Demonstrate curiosity, initiative, integrity, collaboration, and social responsibility in personal and professional settings related to food.
The Honours Bachelor of Food Studies opens doors to diverse career pathways in the kitchen and beyond. Completion of this program will demonstrate your commitment to both culinary arts and understanding issues throughout the entire food system, distinguishing you from other chefs. The culinary skills you learn at George Brown are in demand by employers across Canada and internationally, and you will have the training to build a successful career at home and around the world.
While some degree graduates may start their careers in an entry-level position, they will have the knowledge and skills to advance their career pathways. Depending on the graduate’s focus and level of experience, possible career pathways include:
|Possible Career Paths
|Community and nonprofit organizations
Future Study Options
Graduates of this program will be prepared to continue their studies post-degree in master's programs in the fields of environmental studies, food policy, justice studies, public health, gastronomy, education, community development, communication and media studies.
Graduates may also be eligible for direct entry into the Culinary Arts – Italian and French pastry programs and Food and Nutrition Management program.
Please contact the program coordinator for further information.