Category: Interviews

Interviews with chefs, someliers and mixologists around the city.

Interview with Mark Brand

Restaurateur | Vancouver I met up with Mark last week at the counter in his Save-On-Meats diner and talked about his business interests and his community. It was not only a fascinating interview but one that was inspiring as well….

Gold Medal Plates Vancouver 2011: The Chefs

Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrating in eight cities across Canada in 2011 including Vancouver on November 4th, Gold Medal Plates will feature superb wines and the…

Interview with Bud Kanke

Restaurateur | Vancouver  I sat with Bud last week at this office talking about the restaurant biz and his love for welcoming people. Bud Kanke established Kanke Seafood Restaurants Ltd. in 1972. He has founded, opened, and operated 11 restaurants…

Interview with Robert “Frenchy” Gagne

Robert “Frenchy” Gagne | Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House | Vancouver I sat down with maitre d’ Frenchy last week on the private patio at Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House talking about taking care of the customers, entertainment…

Interview with Trevor Kallies

Trevor Kallies | Donnelly Group | Vancouver Trevor Kallies is the Bar & Beverage Director for the Donnelly Group in Vancouver, he has been mixing drinks at The Granville Room for the past 6 years as well as beverage training all the…

Interview with Jason Browne

Jason Browne | Calabash Bistro | Vancouver Jason Browne is a Bartender at Calabash Bistro in Vancouver, where he has been mixing drinks for the restaurant since they opened in 2010. He was previously a Bartender at the Revel Room…

Interview with Chef Bruno Marti

Chef Bruno Marti I recently had the opportunity to visit with Chef Bruno Marti at his restaurant La Belle Auberge, over a glass of wine and some delicious food we talked, shared stories and some laughs. As many chefs have…

Interview with Simon Kaulback

Simon Kaulback | Boneta | Vancouver Simon was recently named 2011 Bartender of the Year in Vancouver.  He is the head Bartender and Manager of Boneta Restaurant in Gastown. I met up with Simon last week to talk …. Would…

Interview with Chef Poyan Danesh

Chef Poyan Danesh I sat down with Poyan at Miele last week whom I met for the first time and talked about his passion for cooking, competitions, leadership and excelling in the culinary world. Poyan is chef of Culinary Vision,…

Interview with Chef Ben Genaille

Chef Ben Genaille I met up with Ben recently to talk about his passion as a chef, teacher and love for food. Previously I had the pleasure to meet and dine with Ben at one of his Aboriginal Feasts that…

Interview with Marcelo Romero

Restaurateur | Vancouver You grew up in Mexico, did you work in the restaurant industry there? In what capacity? Yes I grew up in Gguadalajara in Mexico, at 17 years old I worked for my families restaurant and hotel business….

Interview with Desmond Chen

Restaurateur | Vancouver You were a teenager when you started working in your family’s restaurant business, what jobs did you do from the beginning? At 13, I worked part-time, after school and on weekends, and also during the summer months…

Interview with Chef Marta Pan

Chef |Pan-o-Pan Fine Foods & Catering | Vancouver I interviewed Marta on site at one of her recent events that she was catering, the dessert photos shown in this interview were the tasty treats that I had the pleasure of…

Interview with Chef Frank Pabst

Chef | Blue Water Cafe | Vancouver What is your role at Blue Water Cafe? Please describe in detail. I am the Executive Chef at Blue Water Cafe, responsible for all kitchen staffing, menu design, preparation and costing, and cooking…

Interview with Daniel Frankel

Restaurateur | Vancouver What are the most challenging elements of running restaurants? Finding and retaining great people to work with. The people that run the organization can make or break the restaurant. I’m very lucky in this case – I…

Interview with Angie Quaale

Well Seasoned Gourmet| Langley I talked with Angie Quaale who founded Well Seasoned Gourmet at www.wellseasoned.ca as well as the BBQ on the Bypass annual BBQ event. What are the most challenging elements of running a Gourmet Food store? Keeping…

Interview with Sean Heather

Restaurateur | Vancouver What are the most challenging elements of running restaurants? Liquor Laws, staffing, getting a head start on trends before they hit (assuming that they fit your business) food critics (everybody is one these days)…I could go on…

Interview with Lin Zhang

Executive Chef | Lin Chinese Cuisine I talked with Lin Zhang in his kitchen while he was cooking with the help of Stephanie Yuen who assisted with the translations. Where do you look for Inspiration to Create New Dishes? A…

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