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Culinary arts students serve their seaweed creations to attendees during Urchin Tank, 2022.

VIU students showcase innovative seafood creations during Urchin Tank

November 20, 2023

What: Urchin Tank – Seaweed Challenge When: Friday, November 24, 5 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Urchin Tank is back this fall with five new student teams competing to see who has created the best fermented seaweed product. Urchin Tank is a Dragons’ Den-style show where students pitch their products to a panel of... Read more

Lee Cooper

Alum of the Month: Lee Cooper

June 18, 2023

French-inspired and set in a 19th century brick-and-beam building, L’Abattoir sprouted up among the cobblestones of Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood more than a decade ago. The restaurant’s executive chef and owner is Lee Cooper, who graduated from VIU’s Culinary Arts program in 1997. The restaurant’s most recent accomplishment is making the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list this year. The... Read more

Avi Stenberg holding an award and smiling at the camera

VIU Culinary Instructor receives gold certification in Japanese cooking

March 2, 2023

Only a small number of chefs worldwide have this particular designation. VIU Culinary Arts Instructor Avi Sternberg is joining a small number of chefs from around the world who have successfully navigated a rigorous certification process to get his skills in Japanese cooking recognized. Sternberg was recently awarded the gold certificate in the Certification of Cooking Skills for Japanese Cuisine... Read more

Culinary Student pouring vegetables into hot pan to sear them, creating short burst of flames in the pan

VIU restaurant featured as participant during inaugural Dine Out Nanaimo food festival

January 13, 2023

What: Dine Out Nanaimo Festival, featuring VIU’s Discovery Room  When: January 20 to February 5, 2023 Where: The Discovery Room full-service learning restaurant at VIU Nanaimo, BC: The Discovery Room at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be featured as a participant during the inaugural, multi-day food festival known as Dine Out Nanaimo. Taking place from January 20 to February 5, the... Read more

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 and 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 restaurant... 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