Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Canada
To provide students with the highest quality training in the “culinary arts” and “baking and pastry arts” in order to fully prepare them for “entry level” employment in the hospitality industry and; to provide the hospitality industry with a source of well trained graduates for hiring into their “entry level” positions and; to have our graduates represent the Institute in the finest restaurants and hotels around the world.
Demand for Professional Chefs Rise
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts has experienced the increased demand for training in the culinary and baking and pastry, as have many other culinary schools. To accommodate a year long waiting period for their students, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts chose to maintain their reputed small classes by expanding their facilities. In 2003, the Institute doubled its space. A 105 seat restaurant,
with a view of the marina and mountains, a storefront bakeshop and cafe, a wedding cake kitchen, a chocolate studio and eight commercial kitchens (including a catering kitchen) now encompass 13,000 sq. ft.
The profile of a Canadian or International student attending Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts ranges from high school graduate to career change, each with a love for cooking and/or baking. Career change represent 60 per cent of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts' students. Career change graduates are more often seeking an entrepreneurial career, whereas other graduates are choosing to begin their careers in restaurants and hotels throughout the world. Others choose catering, personal chef on yachts, hotels and restaurants throughout Canada, the U.S. and the world.
Two full time six month professional programs are offered at PICA, Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts, with a maximum class size of 15 students to 1 Chef Instructor. Classes commence every January, April, June and September and students may choose either a morning or afternoon schedule.
To learn more about Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts' programs, visit their website and http://www.www.picachef.com or call for a tour of their facilities and 604-734-4488.
Vancouver, Our Setting
Vancouver is a beautiful place to learn the most special of arts. The city is a unique blend of spectacular natural beauty and rich cultural diversity. Vancouver's stunning combination of ocean, rivers, rainforest, mountains and temperate climate makes it one of the world's most livable cities, and a leading tourism destination. A meeting point for international cultures, this city of 1.8 million people is Canada's western gateway to the world, and a centre of educational, economic and cultural activity.
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is set amid this beauty, industry and energy. We are located at the ocean's edge, at the entrance to Granville Island, near the heart of downtown Vancouver. Granville Island is an eclectic enclave of businesses, restaurants, a visual arts school, public market, galleries and theatres that attracts an estimated 250,000 visitors each month.
6 month full-time program. This 875 hour program is for those seeking employment upon graduation in the food industry. Classes are 7 hours per day, 5 days per week. Choose between an AM or PM schedule, Monday to Friday.
Students are trained in state-of-the-art commercial kitchens with 90% hands-on instruction and 10% theory. The first portion of the program focuses on classical technique training. The last 3 months are spent operating the Institute's gourmet restaurant and catering division. Classes commence January, April, July and September.
Class ratio 15 students to 1 Chef Instructor.
Baking and Pastry Arts
6 month full-time program This 875 hour program is for those seeking to learn the professional art of baking and pastry for employment in the industry upon graduation. Classes are 7 hours per day, 5 days per week. Choose between an AM or PM schedule, Monday to Friday.
Students are trained in state-of-the-art commercial kitchens with 90% hands-on instruction and 10% theory. The first portion of the program focuses on classical technique training. The final portion of the program is spent on a la carte desserts and pastry arts and operating the Institute's bakeshop and catering division. Classes commence January, April, June and September.
Class ratio 12 students to 1 Chef Instructor.
Admission to Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts may be granted to any individual who meets the following prerequisites:
Education High School graduate or equivalent, if 19 years of age or over, student may apply as a mature student.
Citizenship Canadian citizenship; landed immigrant or immigration approval (study permit)
Language The ability to read, write and converse in the English language
Attitude A positive attitude and a sincere motivation to learn
Attribute A serious commitment to becoming a professional culinarian
High School Scholarships
To assist graduating high school students in pursuing their education, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers High School Scholarships. These scholarships are designed to recognize academic excellence. Up to three $500 scholarships will be available each year.
Applications for High School Scholarships may be obtained from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.
Applications should be sent to the Institute, postmarked on or before April 30. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts will select the recipients of the High School Scholarships no late than May 31. Each scholarship must be accepted by June 30 and each recipient must begin their program choice within twelve months of their high school gradation.
1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y4 Canada
Telephone 604 734-4488
Facsimile 604 734-4408