Vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services, competence area in Food Service

Choose your international career! Study at Perho Culinary, Tourism  and Business College which continues a long tradition of providing a high quality education for our students.The tuition in the Restaurant Cook Program is in English.

A restaurant cook who has completed the qualification knows how to

• work in food preparation tasks at restaurants with different business ideas or missions or in public sector unit
• prepare tasty, nutritious and wholesome food, taking special diets into account
• set out food as individual plated dishes or dishes for a large group of customers.

A restaurant cook who has completed the competence area of food services works at restaurants or in the catering sector, staff canteens, cafés, catering companies, freight and passenger ships as well as institutional kitchens.

Vocational upper secondary education and training is designed primarily for students who have just completed basic education and for others who have no work experience or vocational skills.

Restaurant Cook full time application period

Application period is from 16 of September to 31 of October, 2019.  Student intake is 20 in full-time day program. Studies start on 7 of January 2020. The length of studies is approximately 1,5 to 2 years. No tuition fee.

Entrance interview  and written tests will be held from 20 to 22 of November,  2019 at Perho Tourism, Culinary and Business College in Töölö Campus.

Main target groups are

Foreigners who already live in Finland and lack vocational qualification, degree or a study place as well as Finns without vocational qualification, degree or a study place.

The admission criteria in full-time day program

Finnish applicants
• general upper secondary qualifications
• a sufficient command of the English language

Foreign applicants
• sufficient level of previous general upper secondary education
• a sufficient command of the English language

Restaurant Cook Fast Track Program

You can also study qualification for Restaurant Cook by apprenticeship or training agreement if you have a working place in a restaurant and your employer is willing to sign an apprenticeship or training contract with you and Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College.

During this Fast Track Program students come to school for two to four days per month for theory and cooking lessons depending what they have done before. All the competence tests and evaluations for vocational competence will be done at student’s working place. Studies last about one and a half year.

Every student will have a personal competence development plan. Perho signs an agreement and your employer must give you guidance, feedback and evaluations during your practice.

Fast Track Program applications (Continuous application / Jatkuva haku)

We use continuous applications to take new students to this Fast Track Restaurant Cook program (Apprenticeship or training contract group) if we have free study places.

You can fill up an application for the Fast Track Restaurant Cook studies and you can write to your application also all the information about your employer and the possibility of apprenticeship or training agreement.

Please, send your application through the link below.

Entrance interviews and tests

Entrance interviews and tests will be held at Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College, Helsinki Töölö campus

29th of August 2019 at 1 pm
26th of September 2019 at 1 pm
29th of October 2019 at 1 pm

Information about residence permit

Finnish Immigration Service / Studying in Finland >>
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Further information

Pia Vainikka, Study Service Officer
pia.vainikka (at)
+358 40 1478 546

Student Affairs Office
hakutoimisto (at)