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VCC Culinary Arts Level 1

The Culinary Arts program covers theory and related information along with hands-on cooking practice in the following areas:

  • Baking and Desserts
  • Basic Kitchen Management
  • Food Costing
  • Meat and Poultry Cooking
  • Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Cutting
  • Seafood Preparation and Techniques
  • Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
  • Vegetable and Starches and Egg Cooking.

The program is held in a state-of-the-art professional kitchen at Carson Graham Secondary School.  On completion of the program, students receive a Certificate in Professional Cooking. 

Overview of the Culinary Ar​ts Program 

The Culinary Arts program partnership between the North Vancouver School District and Vancouver Community College provides a special opportunity for secondary school students to complete their Grade 11 and 12 graduation requirements while earning post-secondary credits and certification as a Professional Chef Level 1 in the culinary arts industry. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn lifelong skills and gain a foothold into the culinary industry through a quality program taught through Scarlet Gaffney, a Vancouver Community College Red Seal Chef. 

The VCC Culinary Arts Level 1 program is taught in a state-of-the-art professional kitchen at Carson Graham Secondary School.  The Culinary Arts Program runs Monday to Thursday afternoon which allows students to complete their academic studies in the morning.  Classes begin in September 2017 (2017/2018 school year). 

Students in Grades 11 and 12 from across the North Shore who are interested in a culinary arts career have the opportunity to learn a wide range of professional cooking skills in the VCC Culinary Arts program.  Students acquire job-ready skills in a wide-range of culinary arts.  The program covers theory and hands-on cooking practise.  Upon completion of the program, students receive a Certificate in Professional Cooking, Level 1. 

Trade up to a career while in high school.  Applications are accepted from students registered in the North Vancouver School District (SD 44) and the West Vancouver School District (SD 45).  Applications are closed for the 2017/2018 school year. Applications for 2018/2019 will open in January 2018. To apply to the VCC Culinary Arts Program, please download and complete the Application Package (it will be posted here once the 2017/2018 application process opens).

How to apply:​

1)      Apprenticeship Program Application Form Checklist​

2)      Self Evaluation

3)      Essential Skills Assessment

4)      Employer Reference

5)      Teacher Reference

6)      Personal Information Consent – Secondary​

7)      Notice of Outside Media in Schools – Secondary​

8)      Community Field Experiences Consent Form

9)      Student Medical Form to be completed upon acceptance.

Application Timeline​

First Application Opportunity: February 12 – March 16, 2018

Students will be given first consideration

Second Application Opportunity: April 2 – June 30, 2018

Or until the program is full

Space is limited

Forward application to:

Arlene Martin, Director of Instruction

Learning Services

Education Services Centre

2121 Lonsdale Avenue

North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 2K6​


Learn more

Culinary Arts Brochure (2017/2018)

Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT)

Industry Training Authority (ITA) Apprenticeship Programs

ITA Youth in Trades - What are you made of?

Red Seal Program


For students registered in the North Vancouver (SD 44) and West Vancouver (SD 45) School Districts, please contact: 

Arlene Martin 


Phone 604.903.3444 ​