Mystery Kitchen Tour at PICA

Chef Angus An of Maenam

I took part in a Mystery Kitchen Tour on June 27th that was held at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on Granville Island that featured some of the top chefs from around Vancouver and BC who created some amazing dishes for everyone to taste. Each dish was paired to a wine or two and guests mingled about going from kitchen to kitchen tasting and sipping. There were 8 kitchens and 8 mystery chefs who created these wonderful dishes for tasting.

Chef Neil Wyles - Hamilton Street Grill

This fundraiser was to raise money for the Canadian Chefs Congress where 500 chefs from across Canada will gather on Vancouver Island to talk sustainable seafood together. Here are some of my favourite dishes sampled during the evening.

Chef An’s dish - Banana Blossom Salad

Chef Bond's - Venision with porcini mushoom and mixed potato puree.

Chef Ned Bell's - Summer Salad with roasted tomatoes and peppers, belgian endive, local goat cheese, toasted walnuts, dehydrated pepper powder, and cucumber,

Chef Taylor of Cibo - Panelle: chickpea fritters with buffalo mozzarella and smashed peas and fava beans.

Chef Scott Jaegar - Seared Albacore Tuna with compressed cucumber and watermelon salad, yuzu gel, coriander sheets, and puff rice.

Chef Ned Bell's - roasted tomatoes

A variety of tasty desserts were served towards the end of the evening created by the PICA pastry team.


The team of Mystery Chefs appeared to have good time as well as the guests.

I enjoyed this wonderful tasting event and the challenge as the mystery unfolded.

By: Richard Wolak

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