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This is a story of passions; passion for cooking, passion for traveling, and a passion for teaching. I was ten years old when I decided to become a Chef. As soon as I could (6 years later), I started my culinary apprenticeship in Pau, France.

My early experiences took me to various ski and seaside resorts in Europe (Corsica, Geneva, French Riviera, French Alps, and Luxembourg). However, military service was compulsory in France at the time so in 1990, I travelled to Paris to enter the private service of 5 Star General Lanata, French Air Forces Staff Chief. Over the years I honed my skills and gained experience, carefully choosing my places of work.

Hotel Cap Estel

I was just 23 years old when I became Executive Chef in small (28 rooms) exclusive luxury hotel on the French Riviera, Le Cap Estel. I managed a team of 14 and delivered high quality food to wealthy and famous customers. I had the opportunity to cook for the Principal Family of Monaco as well as various pop stars, and presidents.

After three years, I felt that I needed a greater challenge and decided to travel overseas to Canada. I arrived in Montreal in 1993 and lived there for two and a half years. While there, I held various positions in renowned restaurants, including Relais et Châteaux  Les Trois Tilleuls. While I enjoyed my time in Montreal, I felt that my destiny lay somewhere else, but where?

Vancouver was the answer to my question. I crossed the country and arrived in May 1996. But life in Vancouver was not so easy for someone who hardly spoke any English! My first job in the city was at the best French restaurant in town, Le Crocodile. I worked there for one and a half years as second sous-Chef, cooking and improving my communication skills on the side through participation in English classes.

In 1997, I started to work at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), which is where I discovered my passion for teaching. There is nothing I enjoy more than catching up with former students who are now well-known chefs all over the world.

In 2001, I went back to school to prepare my BC Instructor Diploma. I now possessed the necessary credentials to teach at Vancouver Community College for a few months before deciding to start my own business. During 2001, I also created the first version of 911cheferic.com, sharing recipes with the rest of the world as the Internet was just starting to become a household fixture. My website was featured in the New York Times in 2003 amongst the top sites for learning how to cook.

Since that time, I have been quite busy with various services, all related to food. For example, I have been teaching culinary arts to avid amateurs at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as an independent contractor. I also offer private cooking classes, team building cooking classes, consulting for food industry leaders, and commercial recipe development. More recently, I have begun to specialize in chef coaching, combining experience, culinary expertise and coaching techniques to support passionate chefs in reaching their goals. Once again, I went back to school and obtained my Leadership Coaching Certificate.

Because I strongly believe in the power of education, I give cooking classes on my YouTube Channel. The videos are subtitled in various languages. My goal is to make culinary education accessible to as many people as possible all over the world. My dream is to inspire people to become chefs. I am also the Treasurer of the BC Chefs’ Association, and one of our mandates is to award scholarships to aspiring chefs.

According to my students, besides learning new techniques and eating great food, the reason why they enjoy my classes is due to my storytelling. They even pressured me into writing a book! In 2012, I published my first book in the series A gourmand in training, in which I narrate how I first became a food lover as a kid while cooking with my grandmother. I am currently working on the 2nd book of the series, where I share my experiences as an apprentice.

I could have started this account with "Once upon a time", as even to me my story is somewhat incredible. What were the chances that a boy, born and raised in a small provincial French city, in a blue-collar family, would become who I am now? That he would go on to promote the art of French cuisine in a major North American city and, indeed, all over the world through his YouTube Channel? I still remember the English teacher who told me that I would never be able to speak English! Oh really? Not only do I speak English, but I also teach and do business in English. My conclusion: never let someone else tell you that you cannot do something. Just do it and see where it takes you.

Chef Eric appeared and has been featured in numerous media both in English and French, in Canada (his home country), in France (his birth country) and in the States, including an article in the prestigious New York Times.

radio canada Canada TV October 26th, 2011

"C'est ca la vie" on Chef Eric's Online Cooking School
radio canada Canada TV

September 2010

"C'est ca la vie" - Chef Eric is testing Vancouver's Japadog

saveur USA Print

April 2010

Saveur Magazine
Virtual Victuals: Our favorite online food and wine courses

saveur magazine

w expert search Canada TV June 2009

Chef Eric is one of the 7 shortlisted competitors of the W Channel quest for Experts. Although not the winner, Chef Eric appreciated the experience and the opportunity to be on TV.

W network Canada TV November 2008

Anna and Christina's Grocery Bag

Watch the show

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Canada
Print Vancouver Sun - Saturday, June 23, 2007
Calgary Herald - Saturday, June 30, 2007

Whip up culinary delights around the globe

Watch Chef Eric during  a class!

Canada TV March 2007

CBC - Living Vancouver
Chef Eric on Canadian national TV

Chef Eric Private Cooking Classes
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Canada Print Georgia Straight - January 2005

Mastering the art of French Cooking by Angela Murrills

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Canada Print Wester Living Magazine - April 2005

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Canada TV Vicki Gabereau Show - September 2005

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logo vivre etranger France Print Special issue: Canada - December 2004

Cours de cuisine sur internet en Colombie-Britannique
Français du monde - Article in the French magazine: "Français de l'étranger"

The Province
Canada Print The Province - Sunday, August 8, 2004 - "Success" section

Lights, camera, action! Chef 911 shows how it's done

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Canada TV City Cooks with Simi Sara - August 2004

City TV Vancouver

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France Print Ouest France - January 3-4 2004

Au Canada, Eric et Frederique ont la cote

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USA Print New York Times- Thursday, October 16, 2003

Can't even Boil Water? Your Mouse Can Help

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Canada Print The Ubyssey - November 25, 2003

Bon appétit

Chef Eric Arrouze Portrait

Who We Are

In operation since 2001, 911chefereric.com has served as our company’s virtual storefront. Chef Eric Arrouzé, the owner, is a French Executive Chef and a passionate culinary instructor, who places his expertise and more than 34 years of experience at your service. Our initial clients were individuals who wanted to learn how to cook, but in response to an emerging demand, we are now refocusing our activities to serve businesses.


Ours Clients

Whilst food is the common denominator, our clients tend to fall into two different groups:


FOOD INDUSTRY

Services

  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Recipe development
  • Training


Mission

Leverage our expertise to help you reach your goal of excellence.


Vision

Our vision is of a world where working in and managing a professional kitchen are synonymous with pleasure and fulfillment.

HR MANAGERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

Services

  • Team building cooking classes
  • Catering
  • Private parties and cooking demonstration
  • Cooking classes


Mission

Employ food and cooking as a medium to increase your happiness level.


Vision

Our vision is of a world that uses cooking and sharing a meal with others as a powerful tool to open communication.

 

How do we help our clients

 

• EXECUTIVE CHEFS & FOOD INDUSTRY LEADERS
Are you in doubt & need the support of a peer to clarify your ideas? Do you need someone to coach you for a cooking competition? Do you feel that there are some areas where you’re lacking experience? We offer COACHING to those executive chefs & leaders who are motivated to work towards specific goals or overall culinary mastery.

• RESTAURANT OWNERS
Are things not going as well as you expected? Do you want to know the truth about what is going wrong? As a FOOD CONSULTANT, Chef Eric will analyse the situation & give you solutions that will put you back on track to profitability.

• FOOD INDUSTRY MANUFACTURERS
Have a great new product and need to showcase it? As a RECIPE DEVELOPER & FRENCH CHEF, Chef Eric will help create recipes to set you apart from the competition.

• HR DEPARTMENTS and COMPANY OWNERS
Are you looking for the perfect corporate team building activity in Vancouver? Do you have a specific goal in mind? Do you want to reward and encourage your team? How about improve communication within your team? TEAM BUILDING is one of Chef Eric’s specialities. He has developed specific activities centered around food, to match your goals and budget.

 

More info about Chef Eric Arrouzé

Creation: 2001 incorporated in 2005
Company Name: Carpe Diem Consulting Inc. dba Learn 4 Fun

 

A Gourmand in Training

From growing up in a blue collar family in one of the most dangerous areas in France to having a successful career as the head chef in a luxury hotel on the French Riviera at the age of 23, to teaching culinary arts at the University of British Columbia in Canada, my life is punctuated with stories that, even to me, sound somewhat incredible.

Our Business Hours

We are here to serve you during the following business hours:

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: Closed
Phone: 1-604-781-9557

Hear It From Our Customers


  • Eric M. -  ARC'TERYX Equipment

    Great – thank you Eric! Food was amazing, we all had a lot of fun & learned a few things along the way.                                                                                  
    - Team Building Client
     
  • Angela - Electronic Arts

    Just wanted to let you know how much the team enjoyed our cooking class on Friday. This morning, people are still talking about how it was one of their favorite team building events. Not only was the food delicious but the whole process of creating a meal together, having each team present their course and hearing your stories about each dish made the day wonderful. I am sure this will be one of the requested events to have again! Thank you.
    - Team Building Client
     
  • Mike - Business Objects

    Chef Eric, we had a blast last night. You are a real maestro and an amazing entertainer! The team had a wonderful time and loves the food. Our best team building event so far. see you next year as they already makes plan for next year! Bravo! 
    - Team Building Client
     
  • Cherry-Lyn S. Khong - Credit Manager - Nintendo of Canada

    On behalf of all my colleagues, we want to thank-you for a wonderful team building event! The event was a surprise to everyone who thought they were going to have a wonderful meal prepared by you! It was a good opportunity for everyone to work with other departments in a totally unique environment. A lot of us have already recommended this event to others and have used your recipes (love that sangria and truffle recipe!:)Merci beaucoup!
    - Team Building Client
     

Contact Information

1302-120 Milross Ave.
Vancouver, BC

V6A4K7

Tel: 604 781 9557

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