Professional Cook Apprenticeship

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Professional Cook Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for individuals with a passion for culinary arts to elevate their skills in a nurturing environment dedicated to learning and growth.

Program Goals

  • Offer students equal access to professional culinary training and certification in a world-class hospitality program.
  • Equip them with essential skills for excellence in diverse culinary settings.
  • Instill traits of responsibility, positivity, and dedication for workplace success.

Become a Professional Cook Apprentice

The Professional Cook Apprenticeship program is for individuals who want to enhance their culinary skills working alongside and learning from experienced chefs in the Las Vegas hospitality industry.

This is a paid, one-year (2,000 hour) internship that combines on-the-job learning with classroom instruction.


Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduate/anticipated graduate of the CALV Professional Cook program
  • Graduate of a trade school or other structured training program focusing on culinary arts
  • Two-years of work experience in a culinary job
Apply to become a Professional Cook Apprentice   

Benefits for Employer Sponsors

CALV’s Apprenticeship Program is a combination of 144 campus classroom hours and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training focused on these technical and behavioral competencies:


  • Apply principles of food safety and sanitation
  • Manage food costs
  • Accommodate dietary needs
  • Communicate effectively in restaurant operations
  • Identify and utilize quality ingredients
  • Use various kitchen tools and equipment
  • Apply advanced cooking methods and techniques
  • Operate different kitchen stations
  • Apply principles of culinary math
  • Compose and plate dishes with consistency
  • Bake proficiently



  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance
  • Communicate effectively to identify and resolve issues
  • Work independently and collaboratively
  • Exhibit reliability and punctuality
  • Demonstrate a professional code of conduct, trust, honesty and integrity
  • Adhere to all federal, state and local safety and health guidelines and regulations
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills and build relationships
  • Understand key business drivers
Apply to become an Employer Sponsor   

For more information, contact Chiara M. Astriab, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator at castriab@theculinaryacademy.org.

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