Sitting on the Pacific Coast, with a backdrop of towering mountain ranges to the North, Vancouver, BC is a picturesque city with no shortage of sightseeing opportunities, cultural activities, and culinary experiences to explore.
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So proud to see PICA alum chef Eric Hendry starring on the cover of November’s Enroute Magazine that announces the top 10 best new restaurants in Canada!
"The restaurants that make the Top 10 are those that truly stand out for quality ingredients, smart service, stunning locations and chefs with a vision – the stuff that great meals, and great memories, are made of."
Here are some delicious quotes from the article:
Greg King was a 22-year-old with a huge passion for cooking, he knew at age 10 that was what he wanted to do. His dream was to follow this passion through his life and eventually own his own restaurant. Greg had wanted to attend Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts; sadly, Greg passed away August 2014 in a car accident and was unable to fulfill his dream.
Graduation is an interesting time here at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. With four intakes per year and six-month or one-year long programs, this means we have four commencement ceremonies per year, too. As a staff member, it's easy to watch the year fly by in cycles; we start with the first day of class, through training, midterms, advanced classes, finals, and finally, graduation. Repeat that thrice more, and you're already at the end of the year!
PICA Culinary Arts alum Mark McCrowe aired on Food Network Canada last Thursday evening in episode 10 of Chopped Canada! You can stream the episode online.
Summer is in full swing in Vancouver and the salmon and berries have come out to play! Local coho, sockeye and spring salmon are available through your Ocean Wise fish purveyor, and the farmer's markets are abounding with fresh blueberries.
Throughout the year PICA students have the opportunity to participate in various cooking competitions. These events can be a fun way to test out kitchen skills under real pressure (usually with an audience!) but they require a lot of hard work and practice. In the case of this year's Junior Chef Challenge at the BC Foodservice Expo, practice paid off. PICA culinary student, Claire Riddle, finished 1st overall in the day-long competition which saw students from culinary programs across BC prepare and plate a dish in under thirty minutes.
Fast forward to today.