Cooking in the City—Where to Go

There are only so many times a girl (or boy) can eat take-out before she wants to learn how to cook her own food.

We don’t blame you. Food you don’t make for yourself is often unhealthy, not fresh, and definitely not as tailored to your palate as you would probably like. Lucky for you, there are plenty of cooking schools in Vancouver, and a small handful of them are amazing:

Rooted Nutrition

The name really says it all, doesn’t it? This is, in my opinion, Vancouver‘s healthiest option when shopping around for cooking schools. The goal of the instructors is to create healthful, simple, mindful dishes that are both pleasing to the eye and palate.

Rooted Nutrition offers cooking classes Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, and their core values include sustainability, environmentalism, community, and health. Partnered up with such organizations as the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, UBC Farm, Radha Yoga, Community Kitchens, and Edible Landscapes, this passion project of Andrea Potter‘s has become a Vancouver institution for healthy food education.

The Dirty Apron

Not gonna lie—I’m partial to this one because I won the cookbook. Yep. ME. And not my sister-in-law, and she was mad, but now I’m getting off track.

Anyway, The Dirty Apron offers classes seven days a week; each one different from the next. They also offer special events, like team building classes designed to get your kitchen staff working together and having fun while doing it.

Visit The Dirty Apron for more information on delicatessen hours and more.


Between their private cooking classes and their corporate team building events, Quince has become the quintessential cooking school of Vancouver. They may not offer as many classes as the other guys, but that’s no reason to overlook them.

Their catering service and express food counter are two added bonuses of the Quince experience, and they offer videos on a variety of cooking topics HERE.

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Last but not least, this Vancouver cooking school offers the full package.

Located just before the entrance to Granville Island, this classic and professional cooking school offers accredited cooking programs for chefs-to-be. While their official resume includes wine and casual classes as well as catering and group events, their list of professional alumni is wildly impressive, and includes graduates from all over the world.

PICA also offers a chef instructor-led walk through Granville Island throughout the year. To find out more information about these tours, visit HERE.


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