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Restaurant cook

Vocational qualification in restaurant and catering services
Vocational upper secondary qualification
Are you interested in working in the restaurant industry? Is cooking your passion and do you want to learn even the smallest details? As a cook, you get to experiment, implement and create the secrets of flavours.

Description of the training

In cook training, you will quickly learn basic cooking skills. At first, food is prepared exactly according to the recipes, and as the studies progress, you will gain the courage and skill to adjust the recipes and create new ones.

As a cook, knowledge of the ingredients will be part of your expertise. During your studies, you will learn how different ingredients behave when you use them in cooking in different ways. You will get to taste the dishes you have prepared, and your sense of taste will develop in the course of your studies.

As part of your studies, you will get to participate in various events, such as large-scale gala events, in a real work environment.  Omnia’s teaching restaurant also offers the opportunity to practice practical work under professionals.

You will have the opportunity to study or complete practical training abroad. Omnia is also a good environment to plan business activities and increase entrepreneurial expertise.  Promotion of sustainable development is part of the studies of vocational upper secondary qualification students. After completing the training, you can apply for further training at a university of applied sciences or a university.

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Details of the training

What kind of jobs will you graduate for?

As a cook, you can work, for example, in professional kitchens, mass catering kitchens, catering services or fine dining restaurants. Starting your own business is also a good option.

Duration of the training

The duration of studies is individual. The average duration of studies is between two and three years. The duration of studies is determined by the personal competence development plan (PCDP) and is influenced by, among other things, your previous studies, work experience and individual study needs.


The training consists of inspiring training days, learning tasks, group and project work, independent work, instruction in small groups and on-the-job learning. There are 3–5 training days per week.


Vocational qualifications in English are appropriate for those, who wish to study in English. The qualification has a language proficiency requirement.

Important information about applying

Student admission

Admission is based on the information in the application, so please fill out your application carefully.

The applicant is expected to familiarise themselves with the important information on the continuous admission.

There is no entrance examination. 

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Language requirements

The language requirement is B1 for English.

The applicants will be invited to the language tests by e-mail. The language tests can be completed only at Omnia campuses in Espoo, Finland. Read more about the language requirements.

Guidance discussions for English qualifications

You will be invited to a personal guidance discussion if you have achieved the required language level for English. Participating in the guidance discussions is compulsory. Applicants, who don’t participate in the guidance discussions will not be admitted to the qualification.

The guidance discussion will give you information regarding the qualification you have applied to. You will also receive personal guidance to help you find the most appropriate qualification for you.


The application period will be announced later.
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