Congratulations to our 2023 Culinary Apprenticeship Program graduate!


A unique program at UBC

By completing their apprenticeship with UBC Food Services, apprentices have the opportunity to work in many different aspects of the business all right here at UBC, including restaurants, catering, the bake shop and residence dining. They also have the opportunity to participate in culinary field trips such as supplier tours, a cheese making experience, and a three-day practicum at the UBC Farm.

Program Background

The UBC Culinary Apprenticeship program supports and empowers accepted candidates to deepen their culinary knowledge and become certified Red Seal chefs. Mentorship and leadership training, and unique food system experiences are also provided. The program goals are twofold: a 100% success rate (all apprentices achieve Red Seal certification); and our apprentices become future culinary leaders. Since we expect all our culinarians (First Cooks and above) to possess a Red Seal certification, it is critical that we support our internal staff with the opportunity to achieve that goal.

Mark Rimando

First Cook, Residence Dining

Beginning his apprenticeship in 2020, Mark completed 5,000 supervised kitchen hours, along with in-class learning and testing over a three-year period. Upon graduation, Mark was awarded an inter-provincial Red Seal as a Cook from the BC Industry Training Authority.

During his apprenticeship, Mark was able to work in all aspects of culinary at UBC and collectively participated in a number of signature UBC events, including Chef’s Challenge, Blueberry Fest, Summer Sizzler, Congress of the Humanities, and the UBC Farm Long Table Dinner, to mention just a few.