Our Story

Starting in 2008 as a pilot project, Holland College Culinary Bootcamps were developed in conjunction with the provincial Department of Tourism’s mandate to promote culinary experiences on Prince Edward Island. Kicking off this new project with 10 themed, full-day and half-day bootcamps, the concept took off like wildfire and fast became a “must-do” experience in Prince Edward Island.

The Culinary Institute of Canada is known primarily as a first-rate teaching school for hundreds of students. The success of the inaugural bootcamps gave the CIC the opportunity to build in this reputation, showcasing the state-of-the-art facility while providing bootcamp visitors with a unique, hands-on culinary adventure.

Over the past eight years, the bootcamps have become popular with all sorts of food lovers including locals, corporate groups and visitors from every part of the world. The use of our state-of-the-art kitchens and the one-on-one interaction with renowned, award-winning chefs provides guests with a high-end experience. In fact, many of our bootcampers return regularly!

Each year we expand our themed experiences, not only to showcase the skills of our experienced chefs, but also to widen our demographic and give “our foodies” the options they are looking for. This year, we have added half-day and full-day experiences including: Taste of Asia, Take and Bake Bread and Dessert, Italian, Mediterranean and a Bootlegger's Experience. Our ever popular Thrills on the Grill, Island Flavours, Kids R' Kookin, Seafood 101 are just a few of the themes that will showcase the island's cultural culinary heritage.

This year, The Culinary Institute of Canada offers over 40 culinary camps from May-September.