A new and exciting program
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our very first Chef In Training (CIT) Program - a hands-on, intensive learning experience built for teens dedicated to improving their craft while building new skills in preparation for their future.
Program details

Workdays: Monday - Friday 
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm 
Terms available: 

  • Term 1: July 1st - 12th 
  • Term 2: July 15th - 26th 
  • Term 3: July 29th - August 9th 
  • Term 4: August 12th - 23rd 

14 GTA locations to choose from: Annex | Bathurst & Lawrence | Beach | College & Bathurst | East York | Etobicoke | High Park | Markham | Midtown | North York (Yonge St) | North York (Bayview) | Richmond Hill | Thornhill |

What does it take to be a chef?

A great leader, an excellent problem solver, passionate, creative, hard working, organized, and a team player through and through. Our NEW Chef In Training program is aimed at helping our CITs (youth aged 14-17) build these skills, improve their cooking abilities, learn to work with children, and develop the right mindset and attitude in preparation for the workforce. A recipe for success, if you ask us!

Roles & Responsibilites
Our CIT program is the perfect blend of experiencing the challenges of participating in staff responsiblities, while at the same time enjoying the fun of being a camper. Following is a more detailed description of daily activities:
Staff lunch preparation

Similar to our traditional camp structure, the mornings will be spent learning to cook from our engaging and passionate chef instructors. Our CITs will be responsible for executing the morning recipes in the pursuit of preparing staff lunch. This is a fun task that will help them build their cooking skills and recipe repertoire, while also giving them a sense of responsiblitiy as they will be needed to feed the team.

Support counsellor

After lunch, the campers will proceed to engage in outdoor recess. Recess is a great opportunity for CITs to exercise their creativity as they work with the counsellor to plan and facilitate a wide variety of activities from arts and crafts to sports. It is here that our CITs will practice their leadership and classroom management skills as they learn to be a mentor and work with children of all ages.

Conduct mise en place preparation

Afternoons are where our CITs go into “chef mode” as they support the back of house duties of our program, mainly mise en place preparation (i.e. cutting, measuring and portioning ingredients for the next day’s recipes). 

Support Kitchen assistant as needed

Under the direction and guidance of our chefs and kitchen assistants, our CITs will also be taught about safe food handling practices, how to receive and manage inventory, how to wash and dry dishes efficiently, how to communicate effectively and professionally, and how to organize themselves accordingly to ensure they complete their prep lists for the day.

Day at a glance
Interested to see a schedule for our CIT program?
Why enroll in our CIT program?

✅ Receive a personalized Reference Letter from our founder and president, Chef Shai, and an opportunity for summer work the following summer.

✅ Learn how to cook from professional chefs and take your culinary skills to the next level. 

✅ Gain valuable skills, such as leadership, team-building, organization, communication, and problem-solving.

✅ Enhance your resume and expand your professional network.

✅ Work in a fun, encouraging environment and meet new friends.

✅ Enjoy tasty food samples of the daily creations! LUNCH INCLUDED!

✅ Get training this summer and then apply for a paid position next summer!

NEXT STEPS: What you need to know:
  1. CITs are required to enroll for a minumum of two consecutive weeks or one (1) term
  2. Rooks to Cooks will confirm receipt of your application within 2 business days and we will schedule a phone interview.
  3. The CIT Coordinator will acknowledge your acceptance into the CIT Program via email.
  4. Upon acceptance, you will be enrolled in our CIT Program and you will register for your two week camp session on our website. Cost to participate is $375 per week.
  5. As your summer camp sessions approaches, we will provide you with more detailed instructions and training.
Ready to apply?
Fill out our application form
Please contact our office by Telephone: 1-833-243-3862 or Email: margaret.rookstocooks@gmail.com
Rooks to Cooks is both Peanut Free and Allergy Aware! We ask that parents speak to our staff about any known allergies prior to the start of your program. We strive to accommodate all campers and we will work with parents and children to ensure that the necessary precautions have been taken. It is important that all parties (camp staff, parents and campers) clearly understand that, in no way, can we guarantee that we will be able to remove all allergy-inducing ingredients from our recipes.