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VCC Culinary Arts Programs

Real-world experience

Learn top culinary skills through a proven system of demonstration, hands-on practice, and group discussion. Daily work in on-campus food outlets offers a range of professional experience from casual to fine dining.

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Award-winning instruction 

VCC’s innovative, learner-driven curriculum was custom designed by experienced, award-winning chefs. Alongside industry-leading culinary skills, programs emphasize teamwork, critical thinking, leadership, and communication.

Culinary Program emphasizes teamwork.

Job-ready skills

VCC's culinary programs are designed to ensure students graduate with the skills and experience needed to immediately begin working in restaurants, hotels, catering companies, airlines, camps, institutions, and more.

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Frequently asked questions

Chefs and cooks live to make delicious food. They’re creative, positive, adventurous, and energetic but also highly disciplined and detail-oriented. A good chef rises to the top in the kitchen thanks to good leadership skills, organizational ability, and a strong foundation in customer service.

  • Browns Socialhouse
  • Cactus Club Café
  • Coast Hotels
  • Culinary Team Canada
  • Earls Kitchen + Bar
  • Fairmont Hotels
  • Hawksworth Restaurant
  • JOEY Restaurants
  • Nextjen Gluten-Free
  • Pan Pacific Hotel
  • The Vancouver Club
No. Apprenticeships can be started during high school, after graduation, or at any point in your career. VCC offers pre-apprenticeship training (foundation) programs in many in-demand trades. Apprentices must find an employer to sponsor and train them as they complete the higher apprenticeship levels.
The Red Seal program provides an interprovincial endorsement of excellence in the skilled trades. A Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is a stamp of approval on the competence of a tradesperson and is recognized by employers across Canada, without further examination. Skilled tradespersons obtain an RSE on their provincial trades certificates by successfully completing an interprovincial Red Seal examination.
An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a Certificate of Qualification (CoQ), or “ticket” for your trade that is recognized by employers across B.C. Apprentices spend about 80 per cent of their time on the job. That means you earn money while you learn. Most apprenticeships take four years to complete.


  • Diner's Choice Award
    JJ's Restaurant at VCC — 2023
  • Culinary Apprentice of the Year Award
    Ahn Tran — 2022
  • Skills Nationals
    Team Canada Selection — Cooking

    Sean Leviste — 2022
  • Best Professional Culinary School
    25th Annual Golden Plates — 2022
  • Best Culinary School
    26th Annual Best of Vancouver — 2021

What people are saying

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VCC has truly formed my passion into more than I thought it could be. Both the culinary and pastry arts programs are taught by skilled instructors who guided me towards my goals and ambitions.

Santiago Cuyugan
Culinary and pastry arts graduate
Savour Patissier of the the Year 2017
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It has been a joy to go to school each day to improve my knowledge and confidence in preparing these different types of cuisines. I strongly recommend this program to novice cooks or seasoned chefs.

Sunny Lee-Fay
Asian culinary arts student
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