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Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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General Information

Private, coeducational, culinary institute. Urban campus. Founded in 1996.

Program Information

Offered since 1996. Accredited by Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia. Program calendar is divided into quarters. 6-month diploma in baking and pastry arts. 6-month diploma in culinary arts.

Program Affiliation

British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association; International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Areas of Study

Baking; buffet catering; confectionery show pieces; culinary French; food preparation; garde-manger; international cuisine; introduction to food service; meal planning; nutrition; patisserie; restaurant opportunities; sanitation; saucier; soup, stock, sauce, and starch production; wines and spirits.


Bake shop; catering service; coffee shop; 4 food production kitchens; gourmet dining room; 4 lecture rooms; public restaurant; 4 teaching kitchens; chocolate studio; cake-decorating studio.

Student Profile

175 full-time. 81 are under 25 years old; 77 are between 25 and 44 years old; 17 are over 44 years old.


14 total: 14 full-time. 3 are industry professionals; 1 is a master chef; 1 is a master baker; 9 are culinary-certified teachers. Faculty-student ratio: 1:12 –15.

Special Programs

Industry field days at local farms, fisheries, etc., Guest Chef speakers, culinary competitions.

Typical Expenses

Application fee: Can$100. Tuition: Can$12,575 per diploma. Program-related fees include Can$500 for uniforms and shoes; Can$150 for textbooks; Can$500–$900 for knives.

Financial Aid

In 2005, 3 scholarships were awarded (average award was Can$500). Employment placement assistance is available. Employment opportunities within the program are available.


Average off-campus housing cost per month: Can$600–$1000.

Application Information

Students may begin participation in January, April, June, and September. Applications are accepted continuously. In 2005, 225 applied; 200 were accepted. Applicants must interview; submit a formal application and letters of reference.



Kim Gotzke
Director of Admissions
1505 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y4
Telephone: 800-416-4040
Fax: 604-734-4408
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Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada