Category: Interviews

Interviews with chefs, someliers and mixologists around the city.

Interview with Sergio Grandolfo

Bartender | Cacao | Vancouver Originally from Milan, Italy, Sergio started out with a career in music which included his studies at Stylus College of Music & Sound as well as Università degli Studi di Milano; he was also experienced…

Interview with Beer Merchant Mike Sharpham

I had a chance to chat with Mike Sharpham who brings over half a decade of beverage experience to Granville Island Brewing. Working as a drinks expert at specialty retail stores for many years allowed Mike to collaborate with Canada’s…

Interview with Barry Jackson

Bar Manager | Gotham| Vancouver Barry has been the Bar Manager at Gotham Steakhouse for over 6 years, previously he was the Bar Manager at Umberto’s in Whistler for 4-1/2 years. You can follow Barry on Instagram @baz_jackson How did…

Maria-Elena making Mexican dishes for over 25 Years

Maria-Elena and her daughter Greysy de la Rosa have been cooking, making all the sauces and other dishes at Patron Tacos & Cantina for the past 5 years. They are the heart and soul of the restaurant, creating and implementing…

A Chat with Malcolm Wood of Soon to Open Mott 32

I had the pleasure to sit down with Malcolm Wood, Managing and Culinary Director of Maximal Concepts, the owner of the soon to open Mott 32 restaurant. His firm owns and operates some of the most established brands in the world,…

George Kerasiotis Pizza Maker for over 49 years

For someone who works their craft day in and day out for 49+ years, there is bound to be some exciting stories to share. I was honoured and excited to watch George take me through the steps as he makes…

Interview with Sabrine Dhaliwal

Bartender | UVA| Vancouver Canadian Belvedere Brand Ambassador Sabrine started off her career in the hospitality industry as part of the team that opened Reflections rooftop lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in 2011. From there she ended up working…

Interview with Jose Borges Ferrer

Bartender | Juniper | Vancouver Jose started off his career in the hospitality industry working as a dishwasher at Cactus Club. In 2011 he then became a Barback at Chambar where he held that position for a year. He joined…

Interview with Micky Valens

Bartender | The Diamond | Wildebeest | Vancouver Micky’s bartending career began a few years ago when he worked as a server who then changed positions to be a Barback at the Yaletown Distillery in the summer of 2013. In…

Interview with Thor Paulson

Bartender | L’Abattoir | Vancouver Thor’s bartending career began 3 years ago after he had worked for 4 years in the restaurant industry.  He worked as a bartender at The Teahouse, The Diamond, the Donnelly Group, then The Revel Room,…

Interview with Max Borrowman

Bartender | Torafuku| Vancouver Growing up near the wineries of the Okanagan in a family where food and drink was important helped Max Borrowman develop a fine palate from a young age. He began in the industry as a bar-back…

Interview with Satoshi Yonemori

Bartender | Grapes & Soda| Vancouver Satoshi came to Vancouver from Kyoto, Japan where he grew up, first time arriving here when he was 16 to learn English for the summer, he then returned again after highschool when he was…

Interview with Alex Cuba at Carnaval del Sol

During this summer’s wonderful Carnaval del Sol weekend festival held at Concord Pacifc Place, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of my favourite Latin musicians to talk music and of course food. You have performed all over…

Interview with Nathan Jackman

Bartender | Catch 122| Vancouver Nathan came to Vancouver from Toronto where he had many years of experience in the hospitality industry as well as background in marketing and administration. He won 3rd place in the Vancouver Foodster Caesar Challenge…

Interview with Ola Volo

Ola Volo (BFA, Emily Carr University) is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and…

Interview with Tarquin Melnyk

Bartender | Bambudda Gastown | Vancouver Tarquin had been working in a hospital doing recreation therapy for many years. In 2006 he made a life change to be a server in an upscale diner in Edmonton. He yearned to learn…

Interviews with EAT! Vancouver Fest Chefs

For the 13th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival which is taking place at venues throughout the city April 26 to May 3, 2015, an inaugural collaborative dinner series is about to take place here for the first time….

Interview with Yotam Ottolenghi

I had the pleasure to sit down with this well-known celebrity chef and cookbook author for a wonderful conversation on his recent visit to Vancouver. The night before the interview he was the highlight of an evening talk presented by…

Interview with Robert ‘Buck’ Friend

Bartender | Bambudda Gastown | Vancouver Robert aka Buck is from Australia, he had been bartending since he was 13-1/2 years old, he started out working at a local golf course washing the dishes. After high school he studied hotel…

Chef Jason Rosso – Lunch and Chat

Chef Jason Rosso is the Corporate Chef at Milestone’s Restaurants as well the Corporate Executive Chef for Mastronardi Produce. A native of Toronto, he has been cooking for most of his life, and he has worked at a multitude of…

Interview with Barbara-Jo McIntosh

A few days ago I had the pleasure to sit down with Vancouver’s cookbook queen over a coffee, a bite of chocolate and wonderful conversation. Barbara-jo McIntosh is an award-winning food professional with over 25 years experience in the food…

Interview with Julia Diakow

Bartender | Cuchillo | Vancouver Julia Diakow is a bartender at Cuchillo in Railtown as well as a Bartender at Reflections in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. By day she is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Sovereign Wine and Spirits…

Interview with Jessie Chou

Jessie Chou has been voted and recognized as Vancouver’s BEST BARISTA for 2013 by you our readers. Here is my Interview with Jessie Chou who is a barista at Good Day Sunshine Cafe. What do you love about being a barista? I love…

Interview with Kelly Ann Woods

Kelly Ann Woods has been voted and recognized as Vancouver’s BEST COCKTAIL MAKER for 2013 by you our readers. Here is my Interview with Kelly who is the Bar Manager at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive. What do you love…

Interview with Wine Sommelier David Stansfield

A couple of weeks ago David Stansfield gave a talk at my Food Talks Vol 10 event about Wine, it struck me as how knowledgeable David was. Hence it was high time I interviewed him, we first sat down at…

Interview with Top Chef Canada Competitor Matt Stowe

The other day I had lunch with Chef Matt Stowe at Cactus Club Coal Harbour restaurant, sitting by the window overlooking the stunning view of Coal Harbour. Before I interviewed him, we each ordered some dishes off the menu, I…

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