Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my Sixty Fifth brunch in this series, I was joined by Lynda Steele who is a radio broadcaster and tv host over Brunch at Chill Winston in Gastown.
Lynda Steele is currently a CTV News Vancouver’s consumer reporter and host of Steele On Your Side, soon to become Host of the Afternoon Show on CKNW starting in September.
A graduate of BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program, Lynda was born in Edmonton and grew up in Hinton, Alberta. Lynda has worked at CKVU-TV, CITV-TV Edmonton and CBC Edmonton. She was the anchor of Global Edmonton’s Early News and News Hour from 1995 to 2011. Laptop Diaries, her first book, was published in 2007. It chronicles a collection of Lynda’s columns which originally appeared in the Edmonton Journal newspaper. All of the proceeds went to Edmonton-area women shelters. Lynda was awarded the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) ‘Outstanding Community Service Award’ in 2007 for her community involvement and extraordinary leadership.
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What got you into TV, and Reporting?
Well, I was in banking at first, after taking an aptitude test, I was provided with a choice of 5 careers that would be a perfect fit for me. The first choice was in broadcasting, I then took the BCIT Broadcast Journalism program which piqued my interest right into the career of choice.
Where did you go to school for radio/broadcasting?
BCIT Broadcast Journalism program
How hard or easy was it to find your first job in Broadcasting?
I was incredibly lucky, my teacher of one of my classes at BCIT, had asked me to go and do an assignment for CKVU which then got me on the air as a reporter on the 6pm news.
Have there been any notable personalities you have interviewed over the years, if so who?
- Larry King in Edmonton
- Clint Eastwood
- Kevin Costner
What challenges you in reporting on ‘the story’?
- Getting around, 50-60% of my time is spent driving to get to the places to do the story.
- Time to get someone to play with my schedule
- It’s hard to get the contact to take part in the story.
What foods do you like and dislike?
I love crab, steak and I am more of a savory person, I love a good bag of potato chips. I don’t like sweets or chocolate, and I am not a huge veggie fan. I love Italian food, cheeses, olives, salami, fresh bread and Italian sausages.
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
- Joe Fortes
- Don Francesco’s
- The Greek
- Blue Water Café
Lynda had the Bison Burger with fries; Richard had the Tri-tips Salad of bison and greens. Richard then had the Creme Brûlée French Toast for his brunch dessert.
What do you do in your off time?
- Love travelling
- Family time
- Socializing with friends
- Girls weekend
You are about to make a career switch from CTV to CKNW to host the Afternoon Radio Show, tell me what our readers, and radio listeners can look forward too
- Fresh news
- Popular news
- Genuine news coverage of the day
- It’s a whole new world of bringing listeners back to radio
- Community issues that everyone is talking about
Who are your mentors?
- My husband
- My mother
- Diane Sawyer
Who inspires you now?
People who paint, and have the talent to paint or to sing.
What’s next for you or what’s on the horizon?
CKNW as Host of the Afternoon Show starting September 1
Style: A La Carte
Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 2pm
3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
For Reservations call 604-288-9575
Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak