Culinary Arts

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Visiting from Kyoto, Japan, Motoi Kurisu, Executive Chef at Arashiyama Kumahiko and President of Kumahiko Co. Ltd. gave a demonstration to VIU Culinary students this week to help celebrate the launch of the new certification.  Photo: Vancouver Island Univ

Vancouver Island University launches new Japanese cooking skills certification

November 4, 2022

VIU is the only Canadian institution offering the specialized certification, which will be embedded into existing Red Seal culinary programs. Avi Sternberg still remembers the moment he entered a Japanese restaurant 20 years ago and was “awestruck by the movements” of the sushi chef working inside at the time. “It was almost like a dance,” said the VIU Culinary Arts instructor. Now, Sternberg is... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts student Darlene Charlie making a sandwich in the Birch Tree cafe kitchen and smiling at the camera

VIU Culinary Arts program in qathet region finds recipe for success

October 13, 2022

The Birch Tree Café & Bistro gives culinary students hands-on training in a real restaurant. After years of serving culinary creations at Brooks Secondary School, a move into a new space is proving to be a successful transition for Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) tiwšɛmawtxʷ (Powell River) campus Culinary Arts program. The program moved to a new training facility and permanent... Read more


Team BC Culinary Olympics

Culinary Teams from Across Canada Coming to VIU to Prepare for Global Competition

April 6, 2022

Members of the Junior Culinary Olympic Team Canada and Team BC are hosting a reception and banquet-style dinner event. Top chefs and apprentices from around the province and across the country are coming to VIU this month as part of their continuing path to the Olympics – the Culinary Olympics to be precise. An international event that has taken place every four years since 1900 in Stuttgart,... Read more


Students learning carpentry, welding and information technology

VIU Hosts Virtual Event to Explore Careers in Trades and Applied Technology

May 6, 2021

WHAT: VIU Trades and Applied Technology Virtual Expo WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 3 – 7 pm WHERE: Online/Virtual   Trades and applied technology programs at Vancouver Island University (VIU) can help students enter rewarding, high-paying careers after as little as nine months of school. Those interested in learning more about which careers may be a good fit can come to VIU’s first-ever, free Trades... Read more


VIU Baking Program Rises to the Next Level

VIU Baking Program Rises to the Next Level

February 9, 2021

Bakers who want to start their own specialty business or take on commercial management roles can learn the skills they need at new program being offered at VIU. Students who love baking and are ready to take the next step toward becoming a professional baker or even selling their own delicious creations can take a new diploma program starting in August 2021 at Vancouver Island University (VIU... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts student cooking for gold.

VIU Culinary Arts Student Cooking for Gold

January 7, 2021

Ottis Crabbe has earned a spot on Junior Culinary Team Canada, which will be competing at the Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2024.  The day his parents opened Abbondanza, a restaurant in Ucluelet, BC, Ottis Crabbe knew he wanted to become a chef.   His path toward running his own commercial kitchen began last year when he signed up for Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Culinary Arts program... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts program donates surplus food to Salvation Army

VIU Culinary Arts Program Donates Surplus Food to Salvation Army

December 10, 2020

Extra food prepared by students as part of their program is finding its way to the stomachs of people in need through charitable organization in Nanaimo. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Culinary Arts program is donating the equivalent of about 200 meals every week to the Nanaimo Salvation Army New Hope Centre on Nicol Street.  VIU’s hybrid model of education delivery has drastically... Read more


Ariana White, Culinary alum

Alum of the Month: Ariana White

September 15, 2020

After graduating from the Culinary Management diploma program at VIU in 2012, Ariana White, who has been cooking her whole life, decided to take her career in a new direction and focus on whole animal butchery. She currently works at Chop ‘N Block, a local shop in Kamloops, BC, where she hopes to continue learning as much as she can about about the trade with the eventual goal of opening her own... Read more


Humane Society International/Canada’s Forward Food plant-based culinary training event at VIU

VIU Culinary Arts Mixing it up at Plant-based Foods Training Event

February 14, 2020

Humane Society International/Canada and Vancouver Island University to co-host innovative plant-based culinary training event. The VIU Culinary Management diploma program provides training in advanced culinary and pastry techniques, as well as management, accounting and beverage skills. Program Chair Jason Lloyd says the two-day culinary training experience will help future chefs learn and... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts alum Jason Lloyd

Alum of the Month: Jason Lloyd

December 6, 2019

Food and cooking have always interested Jason Lloyd. Growing up, family dinners were an important part of his life; after completing the Professional Cook Training/Culinary Arts program at VIU (then Malaspina College) in 1993, Lloyd’s eyes were opened to the wide range of opportunities the industry offers. Before returning to teach at his alma mater in 2011, Lloyd’s career included working in... Read more