OC Pastry Arts
A date with OC: A Valentine’s dinner surprise

February 9, 2021

Last minute Valentine’s day plans aren’t always the most memorable, but Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, has a solution for you this Saturday that offers an unforgettable dining twist – everything is a surprise. What do we know about this surprise evening? Infusions Restaurant is opening its doors this Saturday, Feb. 13, to offer diners a Valentine’s culinary adventure to remember, where they won’t know what dish is coming out next. Diners will sit down for a five-course dinner menu created by OC Pastry Arts chef Danny Capadouca an...

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Dine Around with Infusions

February 4, 2021

Attention all foodies: Dine Around Thompson Okanagan has returned for another year of cuisine celebration and Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, is offering a delicious three-course menu guaranteed to please your taste buds. Dine Around Thompson Okanagan promises participants will sip, savour and save their way through more than 50 restaurants across the region. The event runs from Feb. 5 to March 7 and participating restaurants offer multi-course dinners priced at $15, $25, $35, $45 or $55. Diners can take advantage of Infusions’ m...

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COVID Cookbook
Order up: OC debuts new take-away cookbook menu

January 19, 2021

Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, is offering a unique way to get a taste of its popular collaborative cookbook, What We Cooked: A Compilation of Recipes During COVID Times, with a special take-away menu featuring dinners for two from the cookbook. Following the success of the sold-out cookbook – now in it’s second print run – the College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program selected five delicious dinner and five delectable dessert recipes from the cookbook to bring to life at Infusions with a special take-away initiative from Jan. 2...

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Chef Mike Barillaro
Inaugural Student Chef Dinner and Pie Fundraiser winter highlights for Culinary Arts program

December 4, 2020

Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program is serving up good cheer during the last month of 2020, with two new events that will showcase student creations and support the community simultaneously. On Dec. 10, Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus will open its doors to welcome a limited number of guests for the inaugural Student Chef Dinner, a seven-course tasting experience. The evening gives students an opportunity to showcase their skills and the very best of Okanagan region cuisine. “The Student Chef Dinner is a fantastic opportuni...

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Student Chef Dinner Series - December 2020

November 27, 2020

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Culinary Arts students help take a bite out of food insecurity, one apple at a time

November 24, 2020

As the Okanagan days start to get shorter and orchardists wrap up their harvest for the year, Culinary Arts students at the College’s Kelowna campus are busy transforming apples into healthy snacks for the community. Earlier in the fall semester, the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (OFTP) approached the College’s Culinary Arts team with an idea: could culinary classes somehow help process apple donations into snacks, going into backpacks for local students in need? The answer was a resounding yes. With some creative thought on how to best meet ...

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Trades Talk Tuesdays

October 2, 2020

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OC Culinary Arts program Serves Up meals for students in need

July 9, 2020

It’s an example of students helping students that is sure to warm hearts and bellies. With the support of RBC Royal Bank of Canada, the Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) and Sysco, Okanagan College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts students are launching an innovative new program designed to hone their skills while providing nutritious meals for fellow students who are struggling financially. When the pandemic hit B.C. earlier this spring, OC’s training kitchens went dark. Students and instructors donated food to the Kelowna Food Bank as C...

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Infusions now open for takeout

Culinary and Pastry Arts is excited to now offer Infusions lunch takeout. The inaugural launch of our new online ordering and takeout program starts Tuesday, July 14.  Takeout from the Infusions patio will be available Tuesday – Friday  11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ordering is simple - click on the link below and place your order.  

Pre-orders are welcome, as you can request a specific day (current or future) and specify a time to pick up your meal from the Infusions patio.  Please note, there will be no dining on the patio at this time.
 
If you would like to save the online ordering address directly, it is:
https://www.qooway.com/olo/?OkanaganCollege
 
The Culinary and Pastry Arts teams look forward to seeing and feeding you soon!

Infusions Takeout Menu
Alumnus Adam Relvas
Meet Adam Relvas

April 16, 2020

Adam Relvas, who took Professional Cook Apprenticeship, level 2 and 3 at the College in 2006, grew up in the South Okanagan and gained a passion for food through many food-focused family events. After graduating, Relvas worked as a line cook for Waterfront Wines in Kelowna, Sous Chef at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in Lake Country, Sous Chef at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna, and later Executive Chef at Monashee’s Bar and Grill and The Kal’s Sports Bar in Vernon. Now, the certi...

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Kelsey Oudendag and Ross Derrick delivering food to the Food Bank
College Culinary Arts program drops off donation to food bank

March 24, 2020

See a need, fill a need. This is exactly what Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts department did earlier this week as culinary classes came to an unexpected halt in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tallying the vast amount of ingredients that would have been utilized in student labs and cafeteria plates, instructors gathered as much as they could and delivered it to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Initiated by Ross Derrick, interim Culinary Arts instructor and chef at Cod Fathers Market and Kelsey Oudendag, Culinary Arts inst...

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Culinary and Pastry Arts Department

Grow your culinary career in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Programs focus on a farm-to-table approach, exploring fresh local products. Commercial kitchen spaces allow students to learn the latest techniques from Red Seal-certified chef instructors.

Meet a Culinary Arts instructor

'We tend to learn so much more making mistakes than we do by doing something perfectly' says Kelsey Oudenberg, Red Seal Culinary Arts instructor.

Meet Kelsey

Photo of Kelsey Oudendag, Culinary Arts Chef Instructor at Okanagan College

Meet a Pastry Arts instructor

'My line of work is also a life skill. People need to eat. They should enjoy what they eat.' says Danny Capadouca, Red Seal Pastry Arts instructor.

Meet Danny

Photo of Danny Capadouca, Pastry Arts Chef Instructor at Okanagan College

Pastry Arts Certificate

How sweet it is! Learn how local products like premium wines, beers and spirits can pair with a finished dessert or baked good, or become an ingredient in your confections. Pastry Arts students prepare baked goods with all the best the Okanagan has to offer, from fruits, vegetables, herbs and organically grown grains that are milled in-house.

Culinary Arts Certificate

Gain the fundamental knowledge needed for successful employment as a cook in one of the many areas of food service.

Culinary Management Diploma

Learn the fundamentals of the Culinary Arts program, followed by two semesters of Business Administration and Wine courses to prepare you for management in the culinary industry.

Seal of approval

Finish your apprenticeship as a Red Seal-certified Chef or Baker, which demonstrates to employers that you are an industry professional.

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Culinary Management Diploma students learn the foundations of cooking before moving on to learn about the business side of the industry. Search for Business Administration (BUAD) courses to complement your culinary knowledge.

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OC Culinary Arts debuts Indigenous-inspired feature menu for Dine Around

January 8, 2020

Infusions Restaurant at Okanagan College will once again be a can’t miss stop for anyone looking to sip, savour and save as part of Dine Around Thompson Okanagan this month. OC Chefs-in-training and chef instructors have designed a menu that not only showcases Okanagan ingredients but also incorporates aspects of traditional Syilx-Okanagan culinary knowledge and practices. “This year we’ve added a selection of Indigenous fare, along with other daily features, to provide a culinary experience that is truly unique to the region,” explains Cu...

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Alexander, Brian

Last Name
Alexander
First Name
Brian
Department
Culinary Arts
Building
Cafeteria Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4412
Unlisted
No
Email
balexander@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
126E
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Culinary Arts Instructor Brian Alexander
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Walker, Robert

Last Name
Walker
First Name
Robert
Department
Culinary Arts
Building
Cafeteria Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4412
Unlisted
No
Email
rwalker@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
126E
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Chef Rob Walker works in the Culinary and Pastry Arts Department of OC
Bio

I am a Canadian-born and B.C.-raised Executive Chef who trained most of my career in the Okanagan Valley. I am proud to say I am a true local chef. I graduated from the Culinary Arts program at Okanagan University College in 2001 while working at Kelowna’s Lake Okanagan Resort under a Culinary Team Canada Chef. I then worked at Okanagan Golf Club, where I apprenticed under and was mentored by chefs from Culinary Team B.C. After my time in Kelowna, I moved to Vancouver where I cultivated my skills at The Westin Bayshore Hotel. In 2004, I completed my apprenticeship with dean’s list academic standing. While in Vancouver, I pursued my passion for the marriage of food and wine, training with the International Sommelier Guild at Vancouver College and participating in the University of British Columbia’s wine program. I am an active competitor in the culinary world; some of my accomplishments include two gold medals in the Western Canadian Culinary Arts Festival, honourable mentions in both the B.C. Place Food Service Expo 2005, the EAT! Vancouver-City TV’s Master Chef Competition 2005 and first place in 2013 Sysco Chefs black box competition. Currently, I am preparing for the upcoming Canadian Culinary Championship Gold Medal Plates in Victoria this November. In 2008, I returned to Kelowna to participate in the growing trend towards “farm to table” cuisine, utilizing the plentiful products of the Okanagan Valley. I was the Executive Chef for Bonfire Restaurant and Bar at the Cove Lakeside Resort under the management of Vintage Hospitality. While at Bonfire, the restaurant gained many awards and was featured in many magazines and newspapers, most notably appearing on the cover of Okanagan Life’s Best Restaurants edition in 2009. In 2010, I was one of 13 Okanagan chefs asked to represent the region at the Canadian Chef Congress for sustainability on Vancouver Island. In 2012, I moved to the South Okanagan for my organization (Vintage Hospitality) to re-establish and turn around food and beverage operations at Spirit Ridge Resort through the opening of Mica restaurant and the implementation of an extensive, successful catering package. During this time, I also aided Vintage Hospitality through acting as a consultant for the Gunbarrel Saloon at Apex. In 2013, I continued my career with Vintage Hospitality and began the process of opening Liquidity Bistro. Liquidity Bistro opened its doors in spring of 2014 and hit the ground running, garnering a reputation as one of the valley's best restaurants. The restaurant achieved Top 100 in Canada status via Open Table in its first year of operations and henceforth. In Fall of 2016, I embarked on a new opportunity as the Executive Chef of Big White Ski Resort where I elevated the menus at Kettle Valley Steakhouse, Happy Valley Day Lodge, Black Forest Day Lodge, The Woods Restaurant, Moonlight Bistro at Gem Lake and Clock Tower Coffee Co. I continue to support local product and flavours, the “farm to table” movement and sustainable ingredients throughout all Big White-operated food and beverage outlets. I was also a competitor in the 2016 Gold Medal Plates Regional finals as well the 2019 Great Canadian Plates Regional finals representing the Okanagan.

Credentials
Red Seal certification
Culinary Arts Certificate, Okanagan College
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Oudendag, Kelsey

Last Name
Oudendag
First Name
Kelsey
Department
Culinary Arts
Building
Cafeteria Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4412
Unlisted
No
Email
koudendag@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
126C
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Culinary Arts Instructor Kelsey Oudendag
Bio

I am a Red Seal Chef and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant. I am originally from Calgary, Alberta, which is where I developed my skill and expertise in the culinary arts and nutrition. I've enjoyed every moment of my time spent in the industry working in areas including catering, private clubs, personal chef services, commercial cheese production and nutrition counselling and education. My true passion lies in educating and empowering the next generation of talented cooks and chefs. I have taught in various culinary programs at SAIT, Olds College and now Okanagan College. The Okanagan is a wonderful place to learn about food, wine and cooking, and when I'm not doing these things, I am enjoying all that Kelowna has to offer like skiing, hiking, biking and paddling.

Credentials
Professional Cooking Program, SAIT
Red Seal Certificate, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Natural Nutrition Program, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
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