Red Seal Chefs

The Few. The Proud.
The Red Seal Chefs.

A restaurant is only as strong as its kitchen.

White Spot is proud to be the first and only  company in our market to offer a full indentured Red Seal apprenticeship program in-house.

The Red Seal designation recognizes culinary knowledge, skill, and experience.

We are the only hospitality company recognized as an Industry Training Provider.
The Training We Provide

Formally accredited as a Designated Trainer by the Industry Training Authority, White Spot is involved with all levels of culinary training: 

  • Professional Cook 1
  • Professional Cook 2
  • Professional Cook 3/Red Seal 

The program combines theory and intensive hands-on instruction.

The Chef Behind the Program

White Spot’s Corporate Chef, Training and Development, James Kennedy, a Certified Chef de Cuisine, heads up the program at White Spot’s state of the art Culinary Training Centre in Vancouver.

Scheduling is Structured So You Can Keep Working

Classes for select White Spot culinary leaders and future leaders are held weekly and spread over several months. This innovative format was developed instead of the traditional block release technical training, which requires the apprentice to be away from the workplace for long periods of time.

Advanced Program Entry Opportunities for Culinary Employees

Culinary employees who have some technical training, including successful graduation from the high school ACE-IT program, or more extensive technical training or certification, can be admitted at advanced levels within the 3 level program.

Jordan Chew
Jordan Chew

I’ve been at White Spot for 4 years. I started as a dishwasher, and worked my way up to Assistant Kitchen Manager. I’m excited to come to work, to see the people, to learn. Our team is well put together and well trained. We’re just like family. 

I did my 2nd and 3rd year of my Red Seal at Market Crossing. James is a great person, a great  teacher. White Spots training program is fantastic, and it’s provided for you as an employee.

Dillon Penman
Dillon Penman

If you’re a cook, or you’re a chef, if you like cooking, if you like eating - that means you want to be involved, and the most important part of that is trying new things. That’s why our training program is important. It gives people the chance to work with ingredients you don’t see every day. It gives people opportunity. 

Our training programs at White Spot are phenomenal. We’re one of the only private institutions that can offer a Red Seal designations to our cooks. James does a great job, and he has the whole team behind him supporting him. The passion that goes into it isn’t really something you can put into words.

Garett Weston
Garett Weston

The Red Seal program is completely unique, even for the trades industry. The way we’ve structured it means our chefs don’t have to take time off from their work or their lives. During the program they’re coming to us one day a week, then back to their stores.  At the end of the day, we’re helping them achieve the goal of getting their Red Seal. We’re really the only people doing this.

I’ve grown my career at White Spot for 12 years. Starting as a deep fry cook, I moved into the Red Seal program and was able to evolve into a Kitchen Manager and now Regional Kitchen Manager. When you tell people you work at White Spot, there’s this passion behind our brand. White Spot’s been around for my entire life, and I’m proud to be a part of something like that for our guests. 

I’ve been at White Spot for 4 years. I started as a dishwasher, and worked my way up to Assistant Kitchen Manager. I...

Jordan Chew
Jordan Chew
Red Seal Chefs

If you’re a cook, or you’re a chef, if you like cooking, if you like eating - that means you want to be involved,...

Dillon Penman
Dillon Penman
Red Seal Chefs

The Red Seal program is completely unique, even for the trades industry. The way we’ve structured it means our chefs...

Garett Weston
Garett Weston
Red Seal Chefs