Asian Culinary Arts

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Get professional training for an entry-level career cooking Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean, Vietnamese, and fusion cuisine.

Tuition: 1974*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 5 0 months
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Feb, Sep
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What you will learn

  • Health, sanitation, safety
  • Use of kitchen equipment and utensils
  • History and principles of Asian cuisines
  • Knife skills
  • Preparing, cutting, seasoning, and marinating meat, poultry, and seafood
  • Stir frying and deep frying
  • Asian cooking methods including boiling, braising, and steaming
  • Asian barbecue
  • Soups and sauces
  • Spices and specialty ingredients
  • Sushi and sashimi
  • Dim sum and Asian hors d’oeuvres
  • Selection, preparation, and storage of vegetables
  • Rice and noodles
  • Wok methods
  • Garnishes and accompaniments
  • Kitchen preparation
  • Food purchasing, receiving, and inventory control
  • Professional etiquette
  • Menu design

What to expect

  • 20 weeks of full-time study in two blocks      
  • Classes Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (subject to change)
  • Purchase of textbooks, tools, uniform, and footwear
  • Purchase of professional knives
  • A fully equipped commercial kitchen
  • Daily work experience in VCC’s public cafeteria
  • Hands-on learning
  • Theoretical study
  • Practical assignments
  • Written exams
  • Required attendance

Admission requirements


  1. Valid Food Safe Level 1 Certificate (certification must remain valid throughout the program)
  2. One of:
    • Entrance Interview with Department Head, OR
    • VCC Professional Cook 1 Certificate


  • Valid Food Safe Level 1 Certificate (certification must remain valid throughout the program)
  • Entrance Interview with Department Head


  • VCC Professional Cook 1 Certificate


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • A standard of personal hygiene, grooming and appearance compatible with employment in a public food service industry
  • Physical condition and stamina to meet the demands of the food service industry

Courses *

Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 1974
Student union128
College initiative57
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource79
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 221
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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Feb 2025
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February 01, 2024
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