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VCC alum wins 2022 Culinary Apprentice of the Year

Posted on October 28, 2022

Winner Anh Tran with Alex Chen
Left: VCC alum and 2022 Culinary Apprentice of the Year winner, Anh Tran with mentor, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar's Alex Chen. Right: One of Anh's winning courses - a turkey mille-feuille.


Vancouver Community College (VCC) was honoured to host the 2022 BC Culinary Apprentice of the Year competition today in partnership with the Chefs’ Table Society of BC and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) BC. Eight competitors from around the province had 3.5 hours to serve a three-course meal as each vied for the prestigious Culinary Apprentice of the Year title.

Congrats to VCC alum Anh Tran for winning the 2022 Culinary Apprentice of the Year! Anh is a Culinary Arts grad and was a 2019 Skills Canada BC gold medallist. She currently apprentices under Chef Alex Chen at Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar.

Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training, Andrew Mercier stopped by the competition to announce the winner and meet with the competitors. According to the 2021 B.C. Labour Market Outlook, the province is estimating 65,000 job openings in the area of accommodation and food services in the next decade. 

Andrew Mercier and Ajay Patel with the competitors
Parliamentary Secretary Mercier and VCC president, Ajay Patel with some of the competitors that hail from all over the province.

Thanks to our industry-leading instructors, VCC’s alums represent some of the best and brightest in the industry. Winning this competition is one more step in Anh’s rising star in this competitive industry.

Congrats to all the competitors! A promising future lies ahead for all the talented chefs that competed today.

Bruno Marti judging the competition
Culinary legend Bruno Marti judges the competitors creations. Other judges for the competition included Top Chef Canada judge Mijune Pak, Fairmont Pacific Rim's Executive Chef Damon Campbell, and VCC Chef-instructor Tobias MacDonald.