Chef Valerie Soon Legacy Scholarship

Many friends across the country and her best friend and husband, Brian, have honoured Chef Valerie Soon by creating a culinary scholarship for young, under-privileged women who are passionate about cooking.


Valerie Soon, a Red Seal Certified and award-winning chef, master baker, foodie and true Renaissance woman loved feeding people. She was perpetually fascinated with culinary technique, recipe development, hospitality, food management, sports nutrition, new food trends and food’s cultural place in society. During her decade long stint as Chef de Partie, the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre was voted best in the world. She loved creating dishes for avant garde multi-media events that included theatre, dance, music and food. At home, she made muffins and soups for neighbours and delivered weekly meals to her widowed father.

Valerie’s career included many notable Vancouver and Montreal restaurants and hotels. Her proudest moment was welcoming over a thousand stranded airline passengers to the Delta Hotel in Richmond during the 9/11 shutdown of Vancouver International Airport. Conservatively, she prepared one million meals over her forty year career.

In 2008, her focus changed to food and nutrition management for seniors in care. She was a passionate advocate for fresh foods and palate-pleasing ethnic dishes to serve the myriad cultural backgrounds found in local senior residences. She volunteered at the BC Seniors Advocate office and interviewed hundreds of seniors to better understand their needs.


Important dates

APLICATIONS OPEN: January 15 through March every year

REWIEWING PERIOD: 2/3 weeks after review by the selection committee

CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Winners will be contacted and cheques presented end of May

Chef Valerie Soon Legacy Scholarship Fund

If you would like to donate to the Chef Valerie Soon Legacy Scholarship Fund you can do it through THIS LINK.

Value of Scholarship


Special Considerations

Winners are expected to work in British Columbia in the hospitality industry sector for at least 2 years after receiving the scholarship

You are NOT eligible to receive this scholarship two consecutive years

You can apply to other relevant scholarships of the BCHF Scholarship Program


  • Background

    Love for all things culinary!

  • Academic Information

    Provide copies of transcripts and any culinary related diplomas

  • Why are you applying?

    Prepare a 500-word essay on why you need and deserve a $2,000 scholarship

    Name or description of the course (s) you have applied for

    Fill out the application form.

  • References

    Two (2) reference letters from non-family members


0 Scholarships Awarded

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