Whistler is a good decision. No, I went to Pacific, which is a private catering college on Granville Island. In retrospect I wish I had gone to VCC, but I did get a great education. I love catering and prefer it to restaurant work. It comes with its own set of drawbacks but I prefer doing something on a larger scale than one meal at a time. I guess my big love is my cakes. I have a few pictures floating around the Crafting thread, but plan to put them back on my profile at some point and if you are interested I can let you know when they are there.
Thanks for accepting my friend request. Just a tip, if you want me to see your reply, hit the "view conversation" link at the bottom of my post or click on my name to go to my profile. I happened to come back to your profile and was able to read this. I still forget and reply to others on my own board, we all do it! Anyway, I graduated from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts here in Vancouver in 2005. I apprenticed at a catering company and have been doing my own business since specializing in weddings, luncheons and cakes. I have put it on hold until next summer because I just recently had a knee replacement due to osteoarthritis but have 5 weddings book in June and July. I want to go back for pastry (though I have basically taught myself, I would like the designation); however, the arthritis and the fact I just turned 50 doesn't make it too promising.
I would love to go to school or live on PEI. A fellow student, who took all the awards that term, worked for a summer at the Inn at Bay Fortune and is now the breakfast chef at the Wikininish Inn (its West Coast equivalent. I understand though wanting to get on with your career in a faster paced environment.
I just accepted ya. I'm going to the Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI. I'm in the Culinary Arts program, its a 2 year program. They also have a one year Pastry Arts program and are now adding a new Applied Degree program as an option for people who have already completed a culinary program in a school before. I'm only doing the 2 year program, couldn't live in PEI for 3 or 4 years, got too many plans and other places I wanna live for that!! You thinkin of going to cooking school?