Brief: Study to become a chef in Revelstoke

Okanagan College is offering a new culinary program starting in early 2016. More details here.

A chef at work. Flickr Creative Commons image by Olle Svensson

Okanagan College is offering a new chef training program next year that will get you on the path to becoming a fully-certified Red Seal Chef.

According to an Okanagan College media release, aggressive growth in the tourism and hospitality sector has created a demand for skilled workers in Revelstoke’s culinary industry, as a result, Okanagan College will offer its Professional Cook Level One program in February to prepare the chefs of tomorrow for the in-demand jobs of today.

The 20-week program, which is currently accepting applications, will be offered in partnership with School District 19 and the City of Revelstoke. Senior Secondary school students and mature students, or anyone who is 19 years of age or has been out of Secondary school for at least one year, are eligible to enrol. Secondary students who take the program will acquire Level One technical training credit, as well as credit that counts toward their Grade 12 graduation.

“Our community has experienced a significant increase in the number of tourists who visit us each year,” said Alan Mason, Director of Community Economic Development for the Revelstoke area. “We have seen hotel room revenues increase by 35 per cent since 2008 and we estimate the tourism sector has grown to make up 16 per cent of the city’s base employment income. We need to ensure we have the skilled work force we need to accommodate this growth and one area where we anticipate strong demand for employment is in the culinary sector.”

Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program begins with Professional Cook Level One, which is the first of three apprenticeship training levels required to become a Red Seal Chef.

“We are really excited to bring our Culinary Arts program to Revelstoke in the New Year,” said Chef Bernard Casavant, Culinary Manager at Okanagan College. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone with a passion and interest for food to learn from our skilled instructor without having to travel to another community for a professional culinary education. I know first-hand the value of a certified Red Seal trade and have benefitted from a rewarding and challenging career as an executive chef.”

Okanagan College’s Professional Cook One program will begin on Feb. 1 and will run for 20 weeks from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Revelstoke Community Centre.