Category: Interviews

Interviews with chefs, someliers and mixologists around the city.

Interview with Harry Kambolis

Restaurateur | Vancouver I sat down with Harry recently for a chat. Harry opened his first restaurant in 1992 and has been a leader on the local restaurant scene ever since. First it was the Raincity Grill in 1992, then…

Chat with the Founders of Legendary Noodle

I recently sat down with Papa Li and Mama Li, the owners of Legendary Noodle at 4191 Main Street to talk about their noodles as this is what they are known for in Vancouver. Tell me about your dough The…

Interview with Ken Liang

Executive Chef | Ken’s Chinese Cuisine How long has Ken’s been in business? 10 years How would you describe your style of Chinese food? I am trained as a traditional Chinese chef with Malaysian and Thai influence and Hong Kong…

Interview with Henry Lee

Executive Chef | Jade Dynasty Restaurant Henry has been the Executive Chef at Jade Dynasty Restaurant in Chinatown for the past 5 years, he has been cooking for 18 years and he was trained in Hong Kong. In Vancouver at…

Interview with Harry Hertscheg

Executive Director | Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival | Vancouver What are the most challenging elements of organizing a wine festival? For this Festival, it’s making the following happen: 30,000+ bottles of 1700+ selected wines by 197 wineries from 14…

Interview with Chester Carey

Chester Carey | Vancouver What is a Certified Cicerone™? It is neither a pasta dish nor an Italian porn star. The Cicerone website has an entire page explaining this but I will try to summarize. Effectively a Certified Cicerone™ has…

Interview with Spencer Viehweger

JJ Bean | Vancouver I sat in on a Coffee Cupping session with Spencer at JJ Bean recently and talked with him about coffee and cupping and his role in JJ Bean and the community. What lead you to joining…

Interview with Kyle Straw

Caffe Artigiano | Vancouver I had a talk recently with Kyle Straw who is one of the top Baristas in Vancouver, he won the Western Canadian Barista Championship in August 2009, I asked him to create some latte art and…

Interview with Jay Jones

Pourhouse | Vancouver Had an inspiring talk recently with Jay Jones who is one of the top bartenders in Vancouver and one of the founding partners of the new public house/restaurant Pourhouse in Gastown. What drew you to restaurants and…

Interview with Colin Turner

CinCin | Vancouver I understand you won 2nd place in Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Yes, what a fantastic competition! I had such a great time, and really enjoyed the opportunity…

Interview with Shaun Layton

George Ultra Lounge | Vancouver I understand you won Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Would you consider yourself a Bartender or a Mixologist or both? And why? Definitely a Bartender!!  I’m…

Interview with Wendy Boys

Lumiere Restaurant | Vancouver Wendy has spent the past 10 years working with chocolate. She started her company (Desire Chocolates) while in school in Calgary to basically fund going to culinary school, (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). She then went…

Interview with Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

Sumac Ridge Winery | Summerland I understand Sumac Ridge is launching a new wine called Tribute, can you tell us how this new wine was named? Tribute was created to honour world-class athletic performance as it takes centre stage at…

Interview with Mixologist Lauren Mote

The Refinery | Vancouver What have you been working on lately? Recently, I have been trying to perfect classic cocktail making techniques with my staff. The most important thing to me is being able to translate quality as well as…

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