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Vancouver Community College is home to the largest culinary school in Western Canada. Award-wining chef-instructors train students in all aspects of culinary creations in VCC's student-run restaurants. VCC culinary arts graduates are sought after by the restaurant and hospitality industry locally and internationally and win major competitions, in Canada and abroad.
Silver → Leah Patitucci
Safety Award → Jade Sarmiento
Silver → Rayven Abbott-Hilliard (Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary, ACE-IT)
Gold → Alexandra Sandoval
Silver → Gregory Uyeda
Bronze → Amanda Billing(Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary, ACE-IT)
Bronze → Elizabeth Woolnough
Bronze → Lyndsay Jones
VCC Culinary Arts took home the prize for Best Entrée with their venison loin sous vide dish.
Partnering with the BC Chef’s Association, the BC Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA) hosted the "2017 Healthy Chef Competition", an evening of gourmet dining in which ten competing teams of chefs from the Lower Mainland’s most famous restaurants, hotels and culinary centres offer up creative and savoury dishes featuring, of course, fruits and vegetables.
This year, Chef Alex Ritchie and his Block 11 students represented the Culinary Arts program. The support team included Chef Malcolm Bain, Chef John Lewis, Chef Tom Cruise, Chef Chris Nielsen and Chef Jie Wen, along with multiple student volunteers. A special thanks goes to Esther Kosa for helping the Culinary students with their dessert course.
Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) culinary arts department head, Chef Collin Gill was honored at the 40th Annual Presidents Ball where he took home the British Columbia Chef’s Association ‘Chef of the Year’ award. The event raises funds to provide scholarships to junior chefs in the province.
Two of VCC chefs won awards from the BC Chef's Association on Saturday, March 1. Chef Dean McClearn won BCCA Citation of the Year and
Chef Settimio Sicoli won the BCCA Life time achievement award.
The Junior Culinary Team Canada earned two silver medals at the World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany this week. The team is made up of Vancouver Community College student chefs all under the age of 25 – and their chef instructors.
The team won silver in both the Cold Plate and Hot Plate categories – they competed against 28 teams from all over the world.
"It was an experience of a lifetime for all of us – even though our goal was to win gold, it was the journey of the past three years that ultimately was the most rewarding. The strong bond that we all have for one another now and for the rest of our lives has really made this complete," says JC Felicella, team manger and department head of VCC culinary arts.
In 2009, Vancouver Community College student chefs won the right to represent Canada at the 2012 IKA Culinary Olympics by placing first in Canada at the 2009 qualifying Canadian Culinary Federation competition.