Hi foodpump I need advice about challenging the red seal exam, I have been cooking in fine establishments off and on for 20 years now, I never became an apprentice but my skill set is good, I never worked at a restaurant for more than 3 years at a time due mostly to boredom and the willingness to learn as well being young at the time and getting sick of working weekends, Im sure you know.
I did attend George Brown College cook school in 2005 for a 1 year Chef Training cert course that I went to the end but it was rough, we had our F&B cost control instructor show up 2 weeks late and then CUPE went on strike, they tried to crunch everything in to the last month of the course when they decided to back, I did well in all other courses exept alittle trouble on hosp. math and communications and that I had to go back to complete, I would of been alright if I had the class time but due to the strike, I was a single father at the time and my subsidy was only good till the end of the course so I couldnt finish, I was so mad and disgusted over the strike to begin with and chose to get my second half tuition back.
That being said I took a couple years break from cooking to raise my son and got back into the swing of things this past couple years and now I really want my papers, I worked my ass off for 20 years being the backbone of the kitchen and I would like to finally get my papers.
My question is: In my situation would the apprenticeship board consider me for the exam if my hours that are way over 8000 over the last 20 years count and my school experience? or is it only confined to the past 3 years?
Thank you bro