the best cooking classes start in kitchens; not in rooms lined with desks.

Our Professional Programs are an intensive, accelerated, adult-minded, hands-on/brains-on/guts-on learning experience. We, and our graduates, believe this amounts to an unsurpassed education (read reviews)

Professional Diploma Programs

Our recipe is simple: screen for smart learners; put them in an inclusive environment; evolve a challenging and contemporary curriculum; have it taught by driven teachers who take ownership of their ideas and do all this with the best student/teacher ratio (8:1 is unsurpassed!). A recipe for the inspirational education you’ve been looking for.

Our full-time diploma programs are designed to reflect the intensity and work ethic of a career in fine professional kitchens. But our real success is our freedom and constant desire to adapt our curriculum to changing times. It is also why we attract the brightest, well-informed, and open-minded learners. No matter what journey our graduates choose, our focus is preparing and supporting them for what awaits.

Northwest Culinary Academy is a designated institution, certified by:



Note to International Students: 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).  Northwest’s designated learning institution (DLI) code is O19395299466. If you require more information, please e-mail our registrar Lena at Northwest (