With over 3,500 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts is the largest school of its kind in Canada.

Learning is the main ingredient

Mentored by our professional staff, hospitality and culinary students put their skills to work, hosting dozens of special events throughout the year, as well as delivering elevated food and beverage experiences to guests at The Restaurant, The Café, and Chef on the Run. Creating a bridge between the classroom and a successful career, these experiential learning environments help our students learn the technical and soft skills from the best teacher - experience.

Students from across Canada and from over 115 countries around the world come to George Brown College to experience a top-class education in the heart of Toronto, learning how to become the next generation of hospitality and culinary arts talent.

Chef John Higgins

Chef John Higgins, Director, Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts Enterprises and Culinary Ambassador, George Brown College

Chef John Higgins has cooked for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, on the Royal Yacht Britannia, for heads of state in Washington, D.C., and for celebrities around the world. Like many of his colleagues, Chef Higgins brings years of worldwide experience to George Brown College, mentoring the next generation of talent.

Beginning his career as an culinary apprentice at the Michelin Star Restaurant in Glasgow, Malmaison, John then worked at the world-famous, five-star luxury hotel in Scotland, Gleneagles. Upon immigrating to North America, John worked for the Four Seasons Hotel in Canada and the United States, before his final stint in the hotel industry at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

Now, John is the Director of Hospitality & Culinary Enterprises and Culinary Ambassador of one of North America’s top hospitality & culinary arts schools, George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts, located in downtown Toronto. In this era of celebrity chefs, he reminds his students that being a hospitality and culinary professional is hard work that requires passion and dedication.

Chef Higgins was a great mentor of mine, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps.
— Vicky Cheng, Michelin Star Chef-Patron of VEA Restaurant and George Brown College Graduate

Hospitality students interact with real guests, gaining invaluable experience

Hospitality students interact with real guests, gaining invaluable experience

Culinary students work in the Restaurant and Café’s state-of-the-art kitchens, creating delicious food for guests

Culinary students work in the Restaurant and Café’s state-of-the-art kitchens, creating delicious food for guests

Dedicated staff oversee the student’s hands-on learning experience

Dedicated staff oversee the student’s hands-on learning experience

Hospitality students learn how to plan and deliver elevated experiences in our Restaurant and Event Spaces

Hospitality students learn how to plan and deliver elevated experiences in our Restaurant and Event Spaces


School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

With an education in hospitality you'll have a wide range of opportunities ahead of you.

George Brown College acts as the bridge connecting students to industry, with exposure to premier restaurants, hotels and event planners. One of the best ways to learn a job is by actually doing it, so we offer field education placements in most of our programs to ensure you get real experience and are workplace ready. Visit us on campus to tour our specially-designed, award-winning facilities for Hospitality studies and have your questions answered.

Chef School

If you love everything about food, you’re in the right place.

George Brown College offers a blend of theoretical and experiential education, students gain the skills and knowledge to achieve a successful career in today’s culinary and food industry. Our commitment to being one of Canada's best culinary schools has led to the launch of the first four-year Culinary Management honours degree in Canada. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, George Brown puts you at the centre of the culinary industry in Canada.

CHCA Continuing Education

Our Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is a leader in hospitality and culinary training.

The wide range of certificates in this area of interest help you build the skill sets you need to succeed, whether you are a food & wine enthusiast, or you desire to build a hospitality or culinary career. Courses are taught by teachers who are experts in their fields and who have a passion for sharing their professional knowledge and experience. Classes are interactive and enhanced by our state-of-the-art facilities. Here is your chance to take a passionate interest to a whole new level.