Food, Wine and Tourism

Let your senses guide you to career opportunities worth savouring. Add renowned chefs and experienced winemakers to state-of-the-art learning facilities in a region with award-winning vineyards and destination amenities, and you get a recipe for success in the food, wine and tourism industries.

Choose from a range of programs in Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality, and Viticulture and Wine Studies that will prepare you to provide outstanding experiences for guests, from crafting delicious farm-to-table dishes to uncovering flavour nuances in wine.

Meet Simon

simon dufresneCooking has always been a passion of mine and I knew I would get the best knowledge, skills and experiences at Okanagan College. You have the opportunity to learn under many amazing chefs who teach you all sorts of different techniques and styles. I’d have to say the best part of the program is the many events and competitions students have the opportunity to participate in. I’ve worked with some of the best chefs in Canada because of this.

Simon Dufresne I Culinary Arts, dual-credit student

 Meet Couleen

CouleenWhat brought you to OC? I was searching for a baking program in the Okanagan and came across the Pastry Arts certificate program and it fit exactly what I was looking for.

Did you bring any other post-secondary education/training with you when you came into your current program? 
I had some college administrative/secretarial education from 40 years ago and some workshops and other courses throughout my career as an Administrative Assistant.

What do you like the most about your program? I have the opportunity to live my dream and be in a bakeshop every day for six hours with accessibility to a full bakeshop of equipment and ingredients and I am not limited with what I can do. We are encouraged to step out of our comfort zone and do more than what we are required to do in the program if time allows.

Couleen Maryschuk  I  Pastry Arts