Culinary Arts Programs at VIU

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About Our Students

  • Jarrett graduated from VIU Cook Training in 1989 and went on to apprentice at the Hilton in Toronto with Master Chef Albert Schnell. This led to his professional beginnings in various 5...
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  • A west coast native, Sean's impressive culinary career began at age 16; he trained at Nanaimo's Malaspina college and went on to apprentice with the Canadian Culinary Olympic team. Sean...
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  • (Culinary Arts 1993 and Hospitality Management 1990)
    With a great combination of both formal education and training in the kitchen and front end operation of a restaurant,  ...
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  • Product Development Chef - Earls Kitchen and Bar
    I was born and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and my love of cooking began very early. Food is central to many Asian...
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  • Photo of Susan Joseph

    I started my culinary career at Vancouver Island University ten years ago because, even as a young child, I loved to make pies and tarts with my Mom's leftover pastry. After graduating...
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  • My interest in food started at the age of 10. When my father was home from working in camp, he would get me to help him cook dinners and weekend breakfasts. It didn’t take much to get me...
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  • I graduated from the Culinary Arts program at Vancouver Island University in January 2000. In March 2000, I started work at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta. During my...
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A day in the life of a VIU Culinary student

Train to Become a Chef at VIU!

Love food?  Love to cook?  Want to be part of a team that shares your passion for culinary excellence? Look no further than VIU.

  • Get started on your career path through our  10 week co-op paid work practicums. Students work at location of choice including five-star hotels and resorts, restaurants, care facilities, and camps, across Canada and beyond.
  • Options include a 1-year Culinary Arts Certificate and a 2-year Culinary Management Diploma.
  • Earn training hours towards your Red Seal qualification by completing Professional Cook 1 and 2.
  • Culinary Arts Certificate program is offered in Nanaimo, Cowichan (Duncan) and Powell River.
  • Culinary Management Diploma program is offered in Nanaimo.
  • Work with our talented chefs in three commercial kitchens, the Birch Tree cafe in Powell River, or our fine-dining restaurant, the Discovery Room in Nanaimo.
  • Opportunity to be involved in competitions, locally and nationally.