the best cooking classes start and finish in our kitchens, not in rooms lined with desks.

We designed every inch of our working culinary school with a chef’s mindset and the focus to deliver and execute every performance in our kitchens with the highest efficiencies. This means getting more out of given day. And though our design was originally meant to maximize the hands-on learning for our professional programs, it works wonders for our enthusiast classes too. Our Summer Camps for the Serious Foodie, our 8-Day Culinary Basics course, as well as our other enthusiast classes (from butchery to cake decorating) exceed the highest standards expected of any culinary schools in Vancouver.

Professional Diploma Programs

Our diploma programs are specifically designed for those committed to a career in fine professional kitchens. The curriculum reflects the intensity and work ethic demanded in the industry. No matter what journey you choose to take, we focus on getting you ready for what awaits.


Note to International Students: Effective June 1, 2014, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver is recognized by the Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education as a designated learning institution of the International Student Program (ISP).  This means that international students are eligible to apply for a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada upon acceptance to the program . Northwest’s designated learning institution (DLI) code is O19395299466. If you require more information, please e-mail our registrar Lena at Northwest (


Summer Camps for the Serious Foodie

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime culinary or pastry education, whether for personal reasons of a chance to immerse yourself in the world of professional cooking, then this summer program is the perfect menu choice. Train in the same kitchen as our professional students with the same instructors, equipment, ingredients, making many of the same fine-dining dishes. Way beyond any foodie course, this course is meant to point you in any direction.

Classes For The Enthusiast

Our kitchens are brilliantly designed for teaching the home cook. We specialize in hands-on classes, whether it’s our popular 8-Day Basics Course, a Private Booking/Team Building class, or specialty themed classes.