- Government-approved program
- Hands-on training in a working kitchen
- Teaching staff are working chefs as well as teachers
- Small classes, individual attention
- On the job training, job placement
- Fast track to Canadian residency
About Etoile Culinary Arts International
Located in the town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Etoile Culinary Arts International (ECAI) is housed in a restored heritage building from the turn of the last century, beautifully updated, with brand-new teaching facilities. The school operates in partnership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), and delivers SIAST curriculum in a personal environment, where students spend 35 weeks acquiring in-depth knowledge and hands-on training, culminating in a Certificate in Professional Cooking from SIAST. If you choose, you can then complete an externship through ECAI. When you successfully complete this program, you will receive a certificate in Professional Cooking from ECAI.
The school is affiliated with the Star Café & Grill, a casual fine dining restaurant widely acknowledged to be changing the food scene in Saskatchewan. People travel from across the province to eat at The Star. It is this commitment to excellence that drives the passion of our staff. Saskatchewan’s only winery lies just outside town at Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery, and market gardens, beef producers and other purveyors ensure fresh food for the school kitchens.
Maple Creek has a wide range of attractions, accommodations and events. Boasting two museums, a historical main street and the best dining between Calgary and Regina, Maple Creek is a natural place to stop and visit.
Maple Creek’s economy is rooted in the cattle industry, with natural resource development and tourism contributing to its bright future. The community’s western way of life is reflected in its annual rodeos, the Cowboy Poetry Gathering and related events.
Heritage preservation plays a large role, as do outdoor activities and family life. Centennial Park boasts tennis and basketball courts, a water park, baseball diamonds and a soccer field. A hockey arena, curling rink, golf course and outdoor swimming pool offer year-long opportunities to keep active, and a walking trail around the town is well used.
Maple Creek is nestled at the base of the Cypress Hills in southwest Saskatchewan, where natural beauty, history, a moderate climate, and friendly people make this town one of the best places to live in Canada.
Located midway between Regina and Calgary, just 8 km south of the Trans-Canada Highway in southwest Saskatchewan. Highway 21 passes right through Maple Creek, leading to Fort Walsh National Historic Site and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, one of Saskatchewan's most beautiful all-season resorts.
Cypress Hills is an oasis in the midst of the open prairie. The park is home to rare wild flowers, towering stands of lodgepole pine and 200 species of birds and mammals that include moose, elk, deer and antelope. A giant plateau, once surrounded by glaciers, Cypress Hills attracts 250,000 people each year.
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