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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... 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... 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 develop... 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


Culinary Arts and Baking Students design signature chocolate for VIU

Culinary Arts and Baking Students Design Signature Chocolate for VIU

December 3, 2019

VIU is the fourth Canadian educational institution ̶ and the fifth one in the world ̶ to create an exclusive chocolate recipe.Dark, milk, white, fruits and nuts and even spice  ̶  almost everyone has a favourite shade and type of chocolate, but not many get the opportunity to invent their own unique and exclusive taste sensation for the market. The creation of a distinctive... Read more


Sustainable Seafood Ambassador, Chef Ned Bell to Receive Honorary Degree from VIU

Sustainable Seafood Ambassador to Receive Honorary Degree From VIU

April 30, 2019

Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell will receive an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree at VIU’s June 21 Convocation ceremony.  A man who has impacted the way thousands of chefs and individuals around the world buy and consume seafood will be honoured by VIU. Ned Bell is an award-winning chef advocate, keynote speaker, educator and founder of Chefs for Oceans, an organization that raises... Read more