North Island College Pro Cook Program Leads to Culinary Opportunities
Aspiring cooks can take their first step toward becoming a Red Seal chef in Port Alberni this winter with NIC’s Professional Cook Level 1 program.
The program is now taking applications for a January start.
NIC Professional Cook graduate Jayla Waddell says the program has provided many culinary opportunities.
“Since completing NIC’s Professional Cook 1 program, I have worked as a camp cook at Sechart Kayaking Lodge and travelled with Lime’n Food Truck to share my culinary skills at various events such as Salmon Fest, Sunset Market, Ukee Days and more,” she said.
She now works at the popular Roger Street Bistro, where Pro Cook students learn to prepare meals for an appreciative audience.
In Pro Cook 1, students learn core culinary skills including preparing stocks, soups and sauces, vegetables and proteins such as meat, fish and poultry and desserts. Students are also introduced to menu planning, nutrition and human resource management.
The Pro Cook program is the second upcoming culinary offering at the Port Alberni campus. Prep Cook – a fully funded government training program – begins in October.
“Prep cook teaches students the basics and prepares them for entry-level work in kitchens in restaurants and resorts,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC’s dean of trades and technical programs. “The timing of these two programs means students can transition from the entry-level training into Pro Cook and start their apprenticeship journey.”
Learn more about NIC's Culinary Arts programs.