As winter begins to recede in our tropical corner of the Great White North, my thoughts start to anticipate springtime with its Valentine’s Day and Easter festivities. These occasions bring copious amounts of chocolate and sweet delights guaranteed to satisfy even the most indulgent, sweet-toothed chocoholic.

While students in the Professional Cook program learn pastry and baking skills all year round, this time of year provides wonderful opportunities to explore those culinary techniques—ones that are loved above all else.

Camosun College Professional Cook Training relishes new ideas along with new beginnings. We are very excited to become a regular culinary contributor to the ‘GoWestShore Magazine.’ In this first article, I would like to introduce you to one of the most successful Red Seal designated Professional Cook programs in Canada.

In addition to the rigorous daily technical training at the Interurban campus cafeteria and the well-known ClassRoom Restaurant (, the Professional Cook Training program has a range of active community-engaging initiatives for apprentices that offer them an optimum range of applied learning opportunities.