Restaurant Cook – Culinary Expert

Restaurant Cook – Culinary Expert

Develop your skills and become a real culinary expert. At Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College, you will learn the basic skills in a full-time day program or work-based studies.

Restaurant Cook study program application period

Studies of a Restaurant Cook – Culinary Expert are available for persons, who live in Finland, have a sufficient level of English language skills and i.a. lack a vocational qualification.

The length of the studies is 1,5–2 years on average, and are free of charge.

  • Next full-time day programs start in August at our Töölö campus.
  • Work-based studies can be started flexibly throughout the year.

Apply now to Restaurant Cook studies – further information


Restaurant Waiter – Hospitality Expert

Restaurant Waiter – Hospitality Expert

Vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services, Customer Service, Waiter.

Waitress serving a portion of salad and smiling friendly.

At Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College’s studies you will learn the basic skills of a waiter quickly in working life.

English-taught education of Restaurant Waiter – Hospitality Expert are available as work-based studies. The length of the studies is 1–1,5 years on average.

Apply any time in the continuous admission. You can start the studies flexible.

Restaurant Waiter – further information


Helsinki hauskemmaksi special recognition award to PerhoCTB

We are making Helsinki more fun

The 2023 Art goes Kapakka festival’s Helsinki hauskemmaksi, ‘Making Helsinki more fun’, special recognition award has been awarded to Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College.

Perho has approximately 1,500 students, with around 160 restaurant and 60 tourism professionals graduating annually. A very large proportion of them remain in the capital region to work. Without them, Helsinki would be a dull place. For almost 90 years, Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College has been training great hospitality personnel and making Helsinki more fun.

Education Manager Marja Hemmi received the award. The recognition was shared by the founder of Art Goes Kapakka Mikko Leisti and Executive Producer Tiina Isohanni. Photograph: Rami Laine, Hokuspokus

Reasons for selection:

The Helsinki hauskemmaksi award has been awarded this year for Perho’s fantastic educational work and, through Perho, to all those who take care of the people of Helsinki and their guests both in everyday life and on special occasions. From local restaurants to award-winning fine dining, from summit meetings to casual lunches, from hotel breakfasts to pub evenings, our fantastic service professionals do their utmost to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves to the fullest.

Without them, so many special moments would not have happened.
There is always someone happy to work so that others can enjoy themselves, and these professionals must be made more aware of the value of their work.

As the world presents challenges both at home and internationally, it is clear that people getting together has a positive impact. And positive encounters are worth working for.

As the purchase of goods decreases, there is a corresponding increase in the use of services. The range of restaurants has expanded and improved, and the quality and ambience of these and other leisure destinations have taken leaps and bounds. Good times together, wonderful experiences and food, drink and leisure are more than worth the effort.

It’s crucial that the hospitality business and the service industries in general play an integral part in shaping our country’s future.

Jobs in the services sector are available for people of all ages, Finns who are born and bred here and more recent Finns. It is an international industry that offers great opportunities.

Helsinki hauskemmaksi and Art goes Kapakka commends Perho students on their great career choice. You are the industry of the future.


Helsinki hauskemmaksi special recognition award – further information

Marja Hemmi, Director, Hospitality and Culinary Education
+358 (0)40 480 5577
marja.hemmi (at)

Satu Sandman, Director, Tourism Industry Education
+358 (0)40 775 3266
satu.sandman (at)

Juha Ojajärvi, Principal, CEO
+358 (0)400 939 269
juha.ojajarvi (at)

Every year since 1996, the Art Goes Kapakka festival >> awards the prize to a person or organisation that has done something to make Helsinki more fun in the long run.

The graduation ceremony on 2nd of June

It’s about the time to wish you a bon voyage, Perho Folks

The graduation ceremony of the Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College’s fresh culinary, tourism and business professionals is on Friday, 2.6.2023, in a spring mood.

The graduates of the dual qualifications are also handed their baccalaureates and get the matriculation caps on their heads in the same ceremony.

Bon voyage, Perho Folks!

The graduation ceremony

Place: Sport and Well-Being Center Helmi Center, Vanha Helsingintie 13

  • At 10 am, the celebration begins.
    After the celebration, we serve coffee and cake in the student restaurant Perhon Helmi.

Graduation Ceremony

Place: Temppeliaukio Church, Lutherinkatu 3

  • At 2 pm, the celebration begins.
    After the celebration, the graduated students are served sweets in Restaurant Perho.

The graduation ceremony on 2.6.2023 – further information

Marja Hemmi, Director, Hospitality and Culinary Education
+358 (0)40 480 5577
marja.hemmi (at)

Satu Sandman, Director, Tourism Industry Education
+358 (0)40 775 3266
satu.sandman (at)

Kirsi Kärki-Luoto, Director, Business and Administration Education
+358 (0)40 714 4264
kirsi.karki-luoto (at)

Become what you want to be. #perholainen


Active and well-being Perho Folks

Providing students well-being by versatile activites


Erasmus+ AgriCulinary

AgriCulinary – OPH/Erasmus+ Joint Project

In the project we create a new innovative & multidisciplinary future-oriented AgriCulinary Training Unit for culinary & horticultural field towards more sustainable planetary food system.

Period: 1.9.2022–31.1.2025 incl. pilot training 8/2023–8/2024
Contributors: Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) and Erasmus+
Coordinator: Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College (PCTBC, Finland)
Partners: Mosjøen videregående skole (MVGS, Norway) and Zealand Business College (ZBC, Denmark)
Website: >>

Work stages and their leaders:

  • Project Management (PCTBC + monitoring the quality of the project by MVGS)
  • Educational beachmarking & visits (MVGS)
  • Development of curriculum & teacher training (ZBC)
  • AgriCulinary pilot training program unit (PCTBC)
  • Impact and dissemination (PCTBC + MVGS)

Main objectives:

  • A comprehensive understanding of best sustainable practices within culinary and agriculture curriculum to be combiled into a summary report that is used in the development of AgriCulinary training curriculum and supplemental materials.
  • Development of a multidisciplinary Agriculinary training curriculum & materials & to educate teachers for new innovative training unit.
  • Develop and create online publication of the AgriCulinary training and to organize open webinars.


  • Implementing training & piloting AgriCulinary training program collaboratively at three participating colleges offering local contact lessons, collaborative online lessons, webinars & on-site workshops (sharing & learning local practices).
  • Updating AgriCulinary training curriculum, develop training videos & supplemental materials during piloting of training.
  • Developing a summary of best educational practices and produce final version of AgriCulinary training unit to be shared publicly online.


  • Training of teachers, completion of all training materials and disseminate project findings and information via online platforms including; webinars, video and printed content, educational curriculum and training materials for AgriCulinary classes and practical activities.
  • Develop and create of www-pages, completion of video summary of the whole project, organize dissemination workshop and final report of the project.

Pro sustainable food and planet 💚

Erasmus+ AgriCulinary – further information

Erasmus+ Value Europe

Johanna Mäesalu
Manager, International Affairs
+358 (0)50 380 5944
johanna.maesalu (at)


Nordplus Bra Service Project

Bra service – customer situation videos on social media

The aim of the Nordplus Bra Service project is to implement a new innovative and inspiring teaching method to learn languages and business in collaboration with work life.

Period: 1.9.2021–30.9.2023
Contributor: Nordplus
Coordinator: Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College (Finland)
Partners: Praktiska Gymnasiet Vaxjö (Sweden)

Project Summary: The project combines learning in work life (business studies) with language studies and is carried out in international teams including Finnish and Swedish students and teachers. The project is also strengthening the participants’ knowledge of Nordic culture including languages, habits and working culture while the participants study and work together.

The project is directly linked to curricula, to business and language studies. The students produce short Swedish-language and English-language customer situation videos on social media such as Instagram. These videos will be used as study material during the project and later on.

Consequently, the project corresponds with the general objectives of Nordplus such as strengthening and developing Nordic co-operation on education, co-operation with the labour market and strengthening cultural understanding. – furher

Bra Service Nordplus Project – further information

Erasmus+ Value Europe

Johanna Mäesalu
International Affairs
+358 (0)50 380 5944
johanna.maesalu (at)

Leni Palminkoski-Pihlamo
Lecturer, Marketing
+358 (0)40 714 4274
leni.palminkoski-pihlamo (at)
Instagram: @value_europe >>

Erasmus+ Value Europe Project

Value Europe Project A.K.A. VEU

Erasmus+ Value Europe Project – Creating an international responsible event for local community. The participating students gain valuable knowledge on Event Production (15 ECTS) and create in English an e-book of event production.

Erasmus+ Value Europe Project

Erasmus+ Value Europe

Project Duration: 1.11.2020–31.10.2023 (schedule of the workshops depending on the corona pan-epidemic situation)
Coordinator: Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College/Finland
Partners: Haaga-Helia Univerisity of Applied Sciences/Finland, Col·legi Badalonés and Estudis d’Hoteleria i Turisme CETT/Spain and Istituto Professionale per I Servizi Alberghieri e della Restaurazione “Luigi Carnacina”/Italy

Description of the project: During the Value Europe project students become experienced learners of planning and setting up a responsible event aimed at the surrounding community and selected high schools. In each workshop an event is set up in one of the participating countries.


Erasmus+ Taste Europe on the Go!

Taste Europe on the Go! A.K.A. TEGO

Taste Europe on the Go! is a further project to the Erasmus+ International POP-UP Restaurant and Culinary Caravan projects supporting exchange of good pan-European practises.

Period: 1.9.2018–31.12.2021
Contributor: OPH/Erasmus+ program, a strategic joint project KA2
Coordinator: Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College
Partners: Mercuria (Finland) s, Col’legi Badalonés (Spain), Istituto di Istruzione Superiore “De Amicis” (Italy), Estudis d’Hoteleria i Turisme CETT (Spain), IPSAR “Luigi Carnacina” (Italy), Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finaland) and NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)

Project summary:

In the project the students of culinary and business accomplish the vocational qualification unit Working at a Company and execute a pop-up restaurant in the guidance of the teachers. The Finnish and the Dutch UAS students take care of the management of the restaurants.

There are four one week long workshops those are arranged alternately in the participating countries.