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VCC Culinary Arts Level 1

*Please note the Culinary Arts program will not be running during the 2019/20 school year.

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.

Culinary Arts Level 1 is a Youth Train in Trades (formerly ACE IT) program with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Students benefit from this program by receiving the following:

  • A combination of on-the-job training plus classroom instruction

  • Dual credit which includes credits (or 4 courses) toward their graduation, in addition to post-secondary credit with VCC. 

  • ITA Apprenticeship Number to track hours toward their apprenticeship

  • 600 work based hours towards their apprenticeship.

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 2018 (2018/2019 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 for the 2018/2019 school year are currently open.

To apply to the VCC Culinary Arts Program, please download and complete the Application Package below.

How to apply:​

1)      Apprenticeship Program Application Form

2)      Self Evaluation

3)      Essential Skills Assessment

4)      Employer Reference

5)      Teacher Reference

6)      Community Field Experiences Consent Form​

Please note: upon acceptance into the program, West Vancouver School District students must submit the following:
  • Personal Information Consent - Secondary Form
  • Notice of Outside Media in Schools - Secondary Form
Upon acceptance into the program, ALL students must submit the following:
  • Student Medical Form

Learn more

Culinary Arts Brochure (2018/2019)

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