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Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

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About Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Since 1997, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts has been Vancouver's leading culinary school. It  has been educating the next generation of culinary and wine experts for over 24 years. More than 3000 graduates have gone on to successful professions as professional chefs, bakery owners, food stylists, media personalities, nutritionists, food scientists, winery experts, and other fields.

There is something for everyone at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, with anything from casual workshops to wine programs, its award-winning Blue Hat Bistro & Bakery, a wide range of corporate events & catering, and, of course, Professional Diploma Programs in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts.

Services & Facilities

The professors are dedicated to building confidence in students' abilities, providing career preparation, and encouraging learning that promotes creativity, personal fulfilment, and fun. Each student at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts receives hands-on training in the state-of-the-art, professional-grade kitchens. A separate chocolate studio is available for students to develop their confectionary skills. Outside of class, students have plenty of opportunity to practise their abilities by providing various opportunities such as : 

  • A student-run bakery and bistro,  
  • Volunteer opportunities working at galas and fundraisers
  • Cooking competitions throughout the year

A successful career in the culinary arts, like the instruction Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts provides, extends beyond the kitchen. The outstanding chef teachers have worked in a variety of specialties all across the world. Students can pursue jobs as chefs, bakery owners, nutritionists, R&D food scientists, food stylists, and photographers owing to the professors' active instruction and chances.


Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver in a safe and secure environment. The college recommends staying in one of the following Vancouver communities, which are all within walking distance or are easily accessible by bicycle or public transportation:

  • Kitsilano
  • Downtown West End· South Granville
  • Main Street/Mount Pleasant/Fraserhood
  • Downtown
  • Fairview
  • Olympic Village
  • Commercial Drive


Student Aid BC offers loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and other programs to help eligible students pay for their post-secondary education. Some of the scholarships are:

  • The Greg King Scholarship
  • Industry Scholarship
  • Sommelier Scholarships
  • Culinary Scholarships
  • The Chef Nik Lim Scholarship
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality Scholarship
  • Chefs' Table Society Scholarship

Notable alumni

Some of the notable alumni of the institute are Andrea Dopico Cafarelli (Former Pastry Chef at Moments - 2 Michelin Stars, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Spain; Forbes 30 under 30); Mark Perrier (Chef/Founder, Savio Volpe, Café La Tana, Pepino’s Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Best New Restaurant, Vancouver); Sharwin Tee (Celebrity Chef, Television Host & Author Curiosity Got the Chef Manilla, Philippines); Cheryl Wakerhauser (Pastry Chef / Author Modern French pastry: Innovative Technique, Tools and Design Portland, Oregon); Megan Voigt (Pastry Chef Blogger & Photographer, Finalist - Saveur Blog Award).

Facts & Figures

  • 1997Founded Year

  • 230Total Students

  • 0Total International Students

  • CAD $ 12000Avg. Cost of Living

  • CAD $ 0 - 38kAverage Tuition Fee PA

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Admission to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is dependent on meeting certain criteria, which vary depending on the program to which a student applies. 

  • Students should be at least 18 years old before taking admission.
  • Students should be proficient in English and must have taken IELTS, TOEFL or other equivalent exams
  • Students are required to submit their original transcripts from all the academic institutions they have attended. If the transcripts are not in English, then students need to submit translated copies of the same along with the originals.



Minimum Age

18 years

Language Proficiency Test


Documents Required

Official transcript of study from all academic institutions.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Copy of Passport


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Note: International students are considered on a case-by-case basis, therefore there can be some additional requirements while taking admission to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, depending on the program a student applies to.

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