Mar 06, 2021  
PUBLISHED 2020-2021 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2020-2021 Credit Catalog

Culinary Entrepreneurship

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Program Description

Whether you’re an entrepreneur at heart or you want to increase your business acumen, the Culinary Entrepreneurship post-diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to turn an idea into reality. An intensive year-long certificate program, you’ll learn first-hand all about the world of entrepreneurialism as you manage an actual, real-life hospitality enterprise.

The experiential learning from a live classroom environment will provide you with the skillset required to operate a business, provide creative solutions and drive product development - skillsets that are increasingly sought after in a globalized, competitive environment.

While managing a business, your learning will be complimented with online courses and professional mentorship from industry experts. Your studies will cover everything from business operations, facilities, and business regulations to finance, human resource management, sales and marketing.

Upon completion of this post-diploma certificate, you will be able to make informed decisions about your tolerance to risk, your ability to manage and your ability to lead. Further, you will be able to determine if you are suited to entrepreneurship, whether or not you are ready to become an entrepreneur, or if you should use your entrepreneurial mindset to enhance your position within an organization.

World-Class Experiential Learning Environment
An integral part of your learning experience will be SAIT’s new state-of-the-art facility designed to foster culinary excellence, creative exchange and innovation. An incubator for entrepreneurs, this space will provide you with a flexible platform to develop and market your products, engage with paying customers in real time and fully immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of entrepreneurialism.

Student Awards
Three $5,000 entrance awards are available to qualifying students.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

Your Career

Graduates of the program can look forward to career opportunities in management within the hospitality industry or as independent business owners.

Student Success

Most successful students spend approximately 20 hours per week doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams.

Keep in mind hospitality industry hours can range from early morning to late in the evening and often include holidays and weekends.

The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate, so for the greatest level of success you must be present and take responsibility for your learning experience.You must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

The intensive nature of the program requires students to have well developed time management skills.


Graduates of the program will receive a post-diploma certificate in Culinary Entrepreneurship.



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following diplomas or work experience:

  • Completion of a Professional Cooking Diploma or Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of Journeyman Cook or Baker certification.
  • Three to five years of work experience in the Hospitality or Food industry with approval from the program Academic Chair.

Program Outline

Total Credits 45

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