Cori & Pierre earn Red Seals

November 14, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.

Pierre Conroy and Cori Wheeler earned their Professional Cook Red Seals in 2017, after many years of hard work on and off the Marine Harvest charity barbeque trailer.

“We’re extremely thankful for the opportunities provided by Marine Harvest and the BC Salmon Farmers Association. Their support greatly contributed to our Professional Cook apprenticeships,” Cori says.

Cori and Pierre attended North Island College from 2010 to 2012 to complete Professional Cook Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Culinary Arts Program.

After graduating they were recruited by MHC to help on the barbeque. Two years later, Cori was hired as the BBQ event coordinator meaning the pair took over the majority of the fundraisers. They introduced the salmon taco in 2015 and the salmon noodle salad in 2016.

The Interprovincial (Red Seal) for Cook is affixed to the Professional Cook 3 certificate. Each qualification level consists of an in-school training program, practical and theoretical examinations and a workplace time requirement.

Cori and Pierre completed the workplace requirement on the charity barbeque, as well as catering special events such as the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, seafood buyer tours and employee recognition events.

“We’ve worked hard to achieve this certification and we aim to pay it forward by encouraging upcoming apprentices. Thank you to the salmon farmers of BC for supporting apprentices like us, for cheering us on and showing true appreciation for our work,” Pierre says.

Their mentor, Chef Lesley Stav, presented Cori and Pierre with Red Seal certificates at a dinner meeting of the North Vancouver Island Chefs Association (NVICA) at Locals Restaurant in June 2017.

Cori says the experience gained through working with the community and for catering salmon farmers events has been invaluable. She is also thrilled to have worked with a healthy, local, fresh product.

“I love working with farmed Atlantic salmon raised in BC. It’s a delicious, delicate and extremely versatile protein,” she says.

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