GOODS: The Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts Is Hunting For A Restaurant Instructor


The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is located at 1505 West Second Ave | 604.734.4488 |


(VANCOUVER, BC) | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is looking for a Restaurant Instructor (evening shift). The Restaurant Instructor reports directly to the Director of Food and Beverage Services. The main responsibility of this position is to train Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students in all aspects of food and beverage service in a full service restaurant environment. Following the Institute’s curriculum and objectives, the Restaurant Instructor organizes, directs, and coordinates the students and resources of the restaurant to achieve an outstanding customer service experience for our guests. Details on the position and how to apply after the jump… Read more

The Dirty Apron Cooking School Opens Sweet New Delicatessen…


The Dirty Apron Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 |

News from Scout supporter Dirty Apron Cooking School

Vancouver, BC | The Dirty Apron Delicatessen, now open at 540 Beatty Street, will offer downtown-dwellers hot lunches, gourmet sandwiches, take-home carvery meals, deli meats and cheeses, produce, groceries and fresh flowers. Reminiscent of the general stores of old, the Delicatessen is housed in a historic brick and beam building in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood within the wildly popular Dirty Apron Cooking School.

Sandwich lovers will rejoice in the creations of Chef Nico Schuermans, whose pulled pork with Japanese mayo, pickled carrots, bean sprouts and cilantro on French baguette is a fresh take on a Vietnamese sub. Other sandwiches like chicken with chipotle mayo and roast tomatoes, prosciutto with fig and Cambozola cheese, hummus with avocado, mint carrot and pomegranate molasses, or the roast beef with chorizo, chimichurri, and charred tomato salsa are also sure to satisfy. Nico will also be offering a Roast of the Day and gourmet sides for healthy take-out family meals, the a perfect weeknight answer to that “what’s for dinner?” question.

In the grocery aisle, don’t miss Chambar Pastry Chef Eleanor Chow’s incredible toppings, previously only available as a delectable waffle side at Café Medina up the street. These indulgent sauces include flavours like white chocolate pistachio rosewater, raspberry caramel, milk chocolate lavender, dark chocolate and fig orange marmalade. If sweets are your thing continue to the freezer section for Eleanor’s homemade ice creams of vanilla bourbon, milk chocolate, and lemon buttermilk sorbet.

Far from your average deli, the Dirty Apron also offers organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, milk, yogurts, handcrafted dressings, pre-packed marinated meats, and anything else your epicurious heart desires.

The Dirty Apron Delicatessen is open from 10AM to 8PM, seven days a week. For more information please visit Read more

Meet Your match In The Kitchen At Dirty Apron Cooking School


The Dirty Apron Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 |

News from Scout supporter Dirty Apron Cooking School

Vancouver, BC | Love food but tired of cooking for one? The Dirty Apron Cooking School is bringing city singles together in a class designed to help students meet their match in the kitchen. The class will be a no-pressure combination of cooking, wining, dining and dating, matching male and female students together to co-create gourmet dishes.

With 20 spaces available, students will have the opportunity to meet 10 like-minded food lovers. Paired up at random, each student will cook smoked salmon blinis with lemon yogurt, harrissa prawns with herb salad, seared Hallumi with pomegranate molasses, herb crusted lamb medallions, and chocolate soufflé with chocolate dipped strawberries; rotating between stations to mingle and meet as they cook and eat. Breaking the ice a little further will be Michaela Morris and Michelle Bouffard of House Wine, who will offer commentary with each dish to help demystify wine pairings (and possibly the opposite sex).

The first Singles in the City class will run on Saturday, July 31st and will continue once each month thereafter. Each student is guaranteed to leave at the very least with a few new recipes. Hopefully they’ll pick up a few new phone numbers, too. For more information please visit Read more

Dirty Apron Offers Summer Camp For Budding Young Chefs


The Dirty Apron Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 |

News from Scout supporter Dirty Apron Cooking School

Vancouver, BC | The Dirty Apron Cooking School is putting kids in the kitchen this summer. Beginning July 5th the school will launch its first kids camp with the goal of teaching children aged 7 to 11 and teens aged 12 to 17 the skills to prepare basic meals while learning about healthy eating and where their food comes from.

The weeklong camp will focus on how to use a knife safely and with confidence, the basic building blocks of nutrition, and sourcing local ingredients. In addition to being armed with kitchen know-how, students will be in charge of dishing up their own menus, so by week’s end they’ll be crafting a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner without furrowing a brow.

The camp will be offered for ages 7-11 and 12-17 with classes running Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm throughout the summer months. Space will be limited to 24 students per class. Tuition for the camp is priced at $450 and includes a daily recipe book, closely supervised hands-on instruction and all meals. For more information, including daily menus please visit: Read more

The Dirty Apron Cooking School Launching Culinary Bootcamp…


The Dirty Apron Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 |

News from Scout supporter Dirty Apron Cooking School

Vancouver, BC | The team that taught you how to impress your dinner guests with delicious menus and savvy kitchen skills will soon take your cooking one step further. On June 21st The Dirty Apron Cooking School will launch Gourmet Bootcamp, the school’s first class series covering kitchen fundamentals. The weeklong program that will run throughout the summer and fall months is designed to teach the tricks of the trade, and students are guaranteed to leave with more than a few industry tricks under their toque.

Led by industry veteran and professional instructor Walter Messiah, Gourmet Bootcamp curriculum will focus on kitchen fundamentals and building a culinary foundation. Spread over the course of five days, instruction will begin with the basics of crafting stocks and sauces and will then move on to essential knife skills, meat and butchery, preparing and cleaning fish and shellfish, working with grains and vegetables, and the art of desserts and pastries. On the final day of the course, students will be tested with a Black Box style challenge that will have them crafting a three-course menu from a box of mystery ingredients. Read more

Get Cooking With Beer At The Dirty Apron Cooking School


The Dirty Apron Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 |

News from Scout supporter Dirty Apron Cooking School

Vancouver, BC | Cooking with Beer is the theme on Monday, May 10th at The Dirty Apron Cooking School. Brew aficionados celebrating Vancouver’s first official Craft Beer Week are invited to flex their palates and culinary muscle through the creation of a three course meal that not only sees a touch of beer in every preparation, but is plated and paired with some of the Russell Brewing Company’s award-winning favourites. The class menu is after the jump… Read more

The Dirty Apron Cooking School Joins The Scout Community

November 26, 2009 


The good folks over at Dirty Apron Cooking School are now proud member supporters of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended resources. Click ahead or jump to their Scout page here. Read more

Chambar’s New Culinary School “The Dirty Apron” Nearly There


Co-owner Nico Schuermans with chef instructor David Robertson

The Dirty Apron Cooking School – brought to us by the good folks at Chambar (and located just down the street) – is coming together nicely just a couple of days away from its reveal. When completed, the school will offer a variety of either hands-on or demonstration classes led by David Robertson, Chambar’s former chef de cuisine. GM Molly Hawkins gave us a quick peek yesterday… Read more

Dirty Apron Delicatessen & Cooking School



Address: 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC | V6B 2L3 | MAP
Telephone: 604-879-8588
Hours: Shop 7 days 10am-6pm, Cooking classes 5:30pm-9:30pm



264Dirty Apron PRINT copyDavid and Sara Robertson – Owners
Callie Cooper  – General Manager



The Dirty Apron Cooking School is Vancouver’s newest, most exciting culinary playground. A place for the amateur, the culinary-inclined, or the curious, The Dirty Apron Cooking School offers a fun, relaxed environment to learn, explore, and unleash your inner chef.

Opened Summer 2009 with the intention of creating an environment for novices, foodies, and aspiring chefs to learn the tricks of the trade, The Dirty Apron Cooking School offers a selection of classes that vary from creating regional classics to understanding ingredient-driven basics and executing essential knife skills.

Classes are led by chef David Robertson whose pedigree is established in classic French cuisine and accented with achievements including a team-win for Gold in the 1996 Culinary Olympics. In addition to Robertson’s tutelage, The Dirty Apron Cooking School hosts celebrity and local guest chef appearances throughout the year. Instruction focuses on popular regional cuisines as well as basic skills for ingredient focused cooking. Students use only the best tools of the trade thanks to partnerships with All Clad cookware, Wusthof knives, Wolf ranges, and Sub Zero fridges.

Students walk through each step required in crafting a complete meal; appetizer, entrée and dessert. After preparation and plating are finished, students will gather at communal tables in the stylish dining room to enjoy their creations with a glass of wine.

In addition to individual classes, The Dirty Apron Cooking School will also offer corporate and group bookings; perfect for team building, corporate retreats, birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, and staff parties.

Alongside expert tutelage, The Dirty Apron Cooking School features a shop stocked with all the kitchen wares utilized in classes and essential for the home kitchen.  All products have been carefully considered and have passed the stringent Dirty Apron Cooking School three-point chef approval system and are tried and tested so that when it comes home, that item does exactly what it promises.



“What I loved about the class was that David created such a calming, stress free environment, the participants had such a wide range of expertise and we all felt that we had accomplished something big.” Oct 2009, Bal Arneson, is the author of Everyday Indian, and The Appetizer’s new west coast correspondent. For the full article click here.

“After four entertaining hours, and four courses (the last poached pear dish was actually prepared by Robertson and his kitchen brigade) we roll happily home, armed with a booklet of recipes with which to wow our loved ones.” Deana Lancaster, North Shore News November 04, 2009 For full article click here.

“Research showed 70 per cent of participants would be women but classes are more of a 50-50 split between men and women. “A 55-year-old man who’d never cooked in his life took a class with his wife. He had a blast and his wife fell in love with him all over again,” says Robertson.” By Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun, September 18, 2009 For full article click here.




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Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA)

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
1505 West Second Ave (at the entrance to Granville Island), Vancouver BC
Telephone: 604.734.4488
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The Team

Executive Chef & Program Director – Julian Bond

About Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts


Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers two diploma-granting professional programs in the Culinary Arts and the Baking & Pastry Arts. Additionally, this culinary centre offers programs for the casual home-chef and industry professionals including intensive wine studies, restaurant operations management and hospitality entrepreneurship.

The onsite restaurant and bakeshop at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts were founded to create a ‘real-world’ training experience for the school’s professional Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students. Open to the public five days a week for a la carte dining and available for private events, weddings and catering functions, the restaurant at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts gives guests both a fine-dining experience and a glimpse at the world’s future great Chef’s in training.



Accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (PCTIA)
BC Career Colleges Association BC Chefs’ Association
BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association
International Association of Culinary Professionals
National Association of Career Colleges
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