Cook Culture

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1317 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC, Canada
Tel: 250-590-8161

Details

Since first opening in 2010, Cook Culture has quickly grown to be Victoria’s favourite kitchen store and cooking school.

Owner Jed Grieve sees Cook Culture as a “hardware store” -  featuring a strong selection of useful, interesting and beautiful kitchen tools at a range of prices. Whether it’s the complete line of gorgeous Staub cast iron from France, the Island’s best selection of Japanese knives, or a great range of kitchen basics – such as a dozen different kinds of vegetable peelers – Cook Culture has more than even the most ardent kitchen collector could hope for. With over 20 years of retail experience, he knows that listening to his customers is the key to making sure that few people leave Cook Culture empty handed. The knowledgeable staff always seem to find the right balance between being close at hand if you need them, and letting you enjoy a good browse of all the kitchen goodies.  Speaking of goodies, Cook Culture has recently introduced its own unique selection of high quality artisanal chocolate bars from around the chocolate world. Many may claim to come in for a potscrubber, but somehow always leave with a new bar or two from a family-run cacao plantation in Ecuador.

As for the cooking school, Cook Culture has built strong relationships with local chefs by supporting many local culinary and food security initiatives and events, often in conjunction with the Island Chefs’ Collaborative. This close connection to the local culinary community is reflected in the wide range of different chefs who have taught classes at Cook Culture. Sushi, pizza, Mexican, Thai, Indian, bread, cheese, dessert – Victoria has excellent teachers of every aspect and style of cooking, and many of them regularly share their knowledge within the Cook Culture kitchen.

Finally, what makes Cook Culture stand out are the small but pleasant surprises – the toy kitchen out front for those too young to reach a real stove, free knife sharpening no matter where you bought your knives, the cozy private events in the kitchen which may conclude with a sumptuous meal in the Atrium, frequent (and free!) weekend chocolate tastings, a regular newsletter full of tips and deals, or their well-curated selection of cookbooks. Whether it’s the next shiny kitchen tool you suddenly have to have, or it’s learning new skills to up your game in the kitchen, Cook Culture will help you get more fun out of every meal you make.

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Awards:

2011 - 10 Businesses to Watch from Douglas Magazine

2012 - 2nd Place - Best Kitchen Shop in Victoria - Black Press Readers

2013 - 1st Place -  Best Kitchen Shop in Victoria - Black Press Readers

Hours:

M-F 10am - 5:30pm | M-F Classes 6pm - 9pm

Saturday 10:30am - 5:30pm | Sunday Classes 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Sunday and Holidays 11:30am to 4:30pm

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