Restaurant Cook

Competence area: Food Services

Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College provides English-taught vocational education of Restaurant Cook. Restaurant Cooks are trained to plan and carry out food preparation and customer service tasks in the catering sector.

  1. Restaurant Cook – full-time day program studies for foreigners or Finns who live in Finland or EU countries
  2. Restaurant Cook – work-based studies for in Finland living foreigners

Restaurant Cook can work in a sales-minded, customer service oriented and quality conscious manner. They can work profitably, productively, and responsibly while operating in compliance with hygiene requirements and sustainable operating practices.  

A Restaurant Cook who has completed the qualification knows how to carry out cooking tasks at restaurants or in public sector units with different business ideas or missions. They learn how to prepare tasty, nutritious, and wholesome food, taking special diets into account and how to serve food as individual plated dishes or dishes for a large group of customers. 

Restaurant Cook in profession

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

1/ Full-time day program

For foreigners or Finns who live in Finland or EU countries

Qualification: Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services
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Competence area: Food Services
Degree title: (Restaurant) Cook
Scope of qualification: 
180 competence points
Stucture of studies: Full-time day program
Teaching language: English

Duration on studies: 1–1,5 years on average
Tuition:  There is no tuition fee
Campus: Töölö, Perhonkatu 11, 00100 Helsinki

Entry requirements on the full-time day program

  • you have upper secondary qualification/ previous general upper secondary education but, do not already have vocational qualification, a degree or a study place
  • sufficient level of English language skills
  • passed aptitude test

Full-time day program starting in January 2021

  • Application period: 14.9. – 1.11.2020

Aptitude test / interview

  • Wed 18.– Thu 20.11.2020 (studies starting in January 2021)

Full-time day program starting in August 2020

  • Application period: 1.2.–15.3.2020

Aptitude test / interview

  • Aptitude test / interview
  • On Mon 25. – Wed 27.5.2020 (studies starting in August 2020)

Selected Restaurant Cook applicants will be invited to aptitude test based on their application and supporting documents, including educational certificates and motivation letter. When selecting applicants to interviews we consider an advantage if you are a Finn or a Foreigner who live in Finland or in an EU country and lack vocational qualification, degree or a study place. The aptitude test is organized at our college.

Aptitude Test and Scoring – Restaurant Cook

Points are awarded and counted from

  • upper secondary qualification
  • sufficient level of English language skills
  • during the entrance interview we pay attention to following questions:
    • career plan and motivation to study restaurant and catering services
    • vision and image of working in restaurants
    • realistic preconditions to study
    • health and ability to work in the restaurant and catering business
  • points from the written test’s results

2/ Work-based studies of Restaurant Cook

For in Finland living foreigners

For foreigners living in Finland Restaurant Cook studies are also available by apprenticeship or training agreement.


Restaurant Cook – further information

Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College
Töölö campus, Perhonkatu 11, 00100 Helsinki

Pia Vainikka, Study Service Officer
pia.vainikka@perho.fi
+358 40 1478 546

Student Affairs Office
hakutoimisto (at) perho.fi