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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College West

Course Certification


Do you enjoy creating delicacies in the kitchen? Are you thrilled when others enjoy your culinary creations? 

Join this course and you will be introduced to kitchen practices and be taught to whip up a wide range of stocks, sauces, soups, and accompaniments to side dishes, as well as mouth-watering main courses. You will be trained in a Western kitchen (non-halal) where a wide range of meats (such as poultry, pork, beef, game meat, fish and seafood) and alcoholic items will be used in the cooking lessons. 

Apply your knowledge and gain real-life (on-the-job) training at restaurants and hotels. 

For general queries on the course, please email or call 6590 2423.

What you'll learn

  • Prepare for operations
  • Check stores
  • Store ingredients
  • Prepare a range of Western stocks, sauces and soups
  • Cook a specified range of Western dishes using basic dry and moist heat cooking methods
  • Prepare a range of Western cold food, appetizers, pastry products and desserts
  • Handle guest enquiries on food-related concerns

Entry Requirements

GCE ‘O’ level grades in any 2 subjects1 - 8
GCE ‘N’ level passes in English Language and
2 other subjects
A - D or 1 - 5

Note: Applicants applying for this course must undergo pre-course interview and clear a pre-entry medical check-up.

Progression Opportunities

Nitec in Western Culinary Arts graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Nitec in Western Culinary Arts graduates with a GPA of 3.0 and above may apply for progression to the Technical Diploma in Culinary Arts course conducted by ITE in collaboration with Institut Paul Bocuse, France. 

Nitec in Western Culinary Arts graduates with a GPA of 2.8 and above may also apply for progression to related Higher Nitec courses offered by ITE.

Career Opportunities

Nitec in Western Culinary Arts graduates are employed as Commis Cooks by establishments by restaurants and food and beverage outlets in hotels. Commis Cooks with work experience and good performance will have excellent opportunities for career advancement to Senior Cooks. This challenge is for students to upgrade their technical skills and knowledge by taking up higher-level courses.