Restaurant and Catering Services, Cook

‍‍Vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services, Competence area of Food Services, Cook

Study Program

The objective of the study program is that the student will be able to work as a cook in the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the study program gives qualifications to work within the industry in several other positions as well.

The main aim of the study program is to give qualifications which enable the holder of the certificate to work as a cook in a restaurant in the Finnish working environments. Vocational upper secondary qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services is composed of vocational units and common units.

Vocational units, for example

  • Working in catering services
  • Preparing lunch dishes
  • Preparing plated dishes

Common units, for example

  • Math
  • Finnish
  • IT

You will study in different study environments - in classroom, at the Varia College restaurant and in different work placements.

Read more about vocational and common units from here.
Read more about information on qualification from here.


Qualified cooks will work at á la carte restaurants, staff restaurants, institutional kitchens, banquets and catering services, fast food services and cafes, for example. The employment procentage for the graduates is very good due to very high demand for the professionals in the hospitality industry.

Cost of study

Education in Vantaa Vocational College Varia is free of charge and so is a daily lunch. At the beginning the students are required to purchase uniforms, one for the kitchen and one for the customer service and professional shoes and a set of knives. All this adds up to approx. 400 euros.

Further studies

Vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services enables the graduates to apply for further studies at the university of applied sciences or at the university.


Application period twice a year. Will be informed in this page and here (jatkuva haku).
Next application period is in November 2019.

Due to a very large amount of applications, the first priority is applicants who are permanently living in Finland. Language requirements are fluent English and basic Finnish.

More information

Study Advisor Heli Toivonen, tel. 050 314 5605,

You can study Cook program at Hiekkaharju campus, Tennistie 1, 01370 Vantaa.

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