Bios 2017

Nicole Gomes

Crowned as Canada’s Top Chef by Food Network’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, a competition that pitched the best of four seasons of Top Chef Canada. Nicole fought her way to the champion spot to become the first female winner of Canada’s most prestigious high-stakes culinary competition. With over 20 years of professional experience and currently [...]
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Shelome Bouvette

Shelome Bouvette, owner and executive chef of Chicha Restaurant, is a veteran Vancouver chef, a member of the highly regarded women culinary and hospitality innovators and leaders association, Les Dames Escoffier (BC Chapter).  Shelome worked in her formative years learning and training with many of the city's cutting edge chef's restaurants at the time; Bin [...]
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Aaron Surman

Pastry chef Aaron Surman started his carrier as a professional at the age of 15 with a 4-year apprenticeship in Brisbane , Australia. After this he moved to Melbourne to work in the countries best patisserie (Le petit gateau) and the best restaurant in the country Vue de monde. After honing his skills for 4 [...]
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Thomas Haas

An internationally acclaimed, fourth-generation pâtissier, Thomas Haas first gained experience in his family’s café in Germany before apprenticing and working in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and North America, earning his stripes as Konditormeister, or Master Pastry Chef. Lured by the beauty of Canada’s West Coast, Haas settled in Vancouver, opening two eponymous cafés and launching [...]
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Hamid Salimian

Born in Iran, Hamid grew up on the edge of the Caspian Sea and learned about traditional Persian cuisine amid his father’s citrus orchards and dairy farm. Soon after his family relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Hamid enrolled in culinary and pastry arts at Vancouver Community College for his first formal training as a chef [...]
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Mark Burton 

Joining Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW seafood + bar direct from The Fairmont Banff Springs, Executive Pastry Chef Mark Burton loves being part of the experience guests have when they dine out or treat themselves to a luxury getaway. Seeing the look on their faces when guests taste a dessert and are hit with [...]
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Nick Nutting 

Chef Nick Nutting leads the pack at Wolf in the Fog with his locally-sourced and ingredient-driven menu. Preparing simple, honest dishes with bold and exciting flavours, Nick takes full advantage of Tofino’s fresh produce. When he’s not cooking it Nick can be found catching or picking it – find him out on the water hauling [...]
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Thierry Busset

Born in Auvergne, Thierry Busset honed his craft at the hands of the masters, including notable chocolatier Bernard Sicard in Auvergne, and later at Pilati Patisserie in the Loire Valley. He was pastry chef at two three-star-Michelin restaurants in London: Le Gavroche (Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr.) and Marco Pierre White. A lasting legend [...]
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Steve Hodge 

No stranger to West Vancouver, owner Steven Hodge grew up in Dundarave. After graduating from West Vancouver Secondary High School, Steven spread his wings and moved to California to attend Whittier College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 2000. Realizing his undeniable passion for cooking, he went on to complete [...]
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Carl Heinrich

Food Network’s Top Chef Canada was responsible for rocket-launching many of Canada’s young culinary talents. Carl Heinrich, the winner of Top Chef in Season 2, followed this success by opening his own restaurant, Richmond Station in 2012.  Heinrich at Toronto’s Richmond Station has proven his culinary cachet is based on merit and not reality TV [...]
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Patrice Demers 

Patrice decided to follow his passion for cooking when he enrolled in the pastry program and the cooking program at École Hôtelière de Laval. By the age of 23 he was co-owner of restaurant Les Chèvres in Montréal. He really developed his style at that time; using fruit and acidity to develop balanced desserts where [...]
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Nadege Nourian 

Nadège Nourian is the chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie in Toronto, Canada. Since the opening of her eponymous shops in 2009, Nadège has delighted Torontonians with modern dessert creations. Showered with numerous accolades from critics, the press, and the blogosphere, Nadège is clearly viewed as a game changer in Toronto’s pastry scene. Nadège Patisserie [...]
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Chris Janik 

Born and raised in Southern Poland. I developed a natural interest and passion for the baking trade while studying and working in Europe. Travel is my second passion and I always combine the two to learn and discover new trends or reinvent the classics. My true passion are desserts that I have been pursuing for [...]
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Todd Perrin

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Makoto Ono

Makoto Ono began his culinary journey working at his father’s restaurant EDOHEI in Winnipeg. Determined to grow his talents he enrolled at Dubrulle Culinary School in Vancouver. Upon graduation he travelled to London and trained under famed Chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Marco Pierre White. He returned to Winnipeg and opened Gluttons, which featured Chef Ono’s [...]
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Angus An

Maenam since it’s opening in the heart of Kitsilano in 2009 has reigned as the city’s best upscale Thai restaurant and in 2016 was selected for Vancouver Magazine’s prestigious ‘Restaurant of the Year’.  Executive chef Angus An’s talents have also been internationally recognized and include the exclusive invitation to showcase his culinary talent at the [...]
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Dave Mottershall

Before landing in Toronto, chef Dave Mottershall worked at the Banff Springs Hotel and opened Prince Edward Island’s celebrated Terre Rouge Restaurant. In 2014, Mottershall opened his pop-up restaurant, Loka Snacks and executed a successful kickstarter campaign to open Loka restaurant a year later. An exploration of Canadian cuisine, Mottershall works with small producers. The [...]
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Julian Helman 

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Glenn Knowles

Glenn Knowles came by chocolate in the non-traditional way. After working 20-plus years in international banking, and holding senior management positions in the securities industry, Glenn sought something more. Inspired by his natural creativity, he immersed himself in everything chocolate. Glenn made a 180˚ career change to pursue this new passion. Without formal culinary training, [...]
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Trevor Bird

Trevor Bird began his foray into the culinary world as a teenager. Cooking is all he knows and thank goodness for all the eaters amongst us, he knows it extremely well. His career led him into acclaimed kitchens such as Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Jean George’s MARKET, and Daniel Boulud’s Lumiere. In 2011, Trevor secured [...]
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Amanda Cohen

Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side. Dirt Candy was the first vegetable-focused restaurant in the city and the leader of the vegetable-forward movement. The restaurant's original location only had 18 seats and was open for six years, during which time [...]
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Christophe Bonzon 

Christophe is a Swiss trained Pastry Chef & Chocolatier. His resumé is studded with almost two decades of hard work, studying under some of Europe's grand masters in the fine art of pastry and chocolate, both in his native Switzerland, Australia and in France.  After arriving in Canada with his wife Jess, Christophe was the [...]
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Greg Hook

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Lewis Birch

Originally from Brighton, England, Lewis traded his Atlantic shoreline for ours in 2009. Prior, he had trained at Zilli Brasserie in Brighton as well as London’s famed Le Gavroche. He began at CinCin in 2011, and swiftly acclimatized, using his classically instilled technique, now married to British Columbia’s local fresh fruits as well as global [...]
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Mandel Hitzer

deer + almond restaurant which opened in 2012 has become one of Winnipeg’s top restaurants. Executive chef Mandel Hitzer is also the co-creator of one of Canada’s best winter culinary destination events, Raw: Almond, a three week long pop-up outdoor restaurant held in a tent at the junction of the frozen river banks of the [...]
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Lucais Syme 

Lucais Syme is co-owner of Cinara restaurant with his wife Gillian Book.  Together they have won Vancouver Magazine's "Best Downtown" award in 2016 and 2017 and are included in the Best 100 restaurants in Canada.  Lucais creates the menu at Cinara with in line with the philosophy of Italy: Use great ingredients, cook seasonally with [...]
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Jeff Kang

Chef Jeff Kang spent much of his career in Vancouver finest restaurants such as C and  Diva at the met. Most recently, he move to Toronto as Chef de Cuisine at Bosk Restaurant in Shangri-la hotel before opening Canis Restaurant as head chef. Canis restuarant was named one of the new top restaurant in Toronto.
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Robert Belcham

The chef and owner of three Vancouver dining establishments, Campagnolo, Campagnolo Roma and Monarch Burger, came from humble beginnings as a young kid growing up in rural Alberta. Now, operating a long established and award winning restaurant group, with many accolades including Vancouver Magazines Chef of the Year, Best New Restaurant, Green Award and Best [...]
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Eleanor Chow 

Eleanor Waterfall brings to you over 17 years of pastry/baking experience, having worked as executive pastry chef in some of Vancouver’s top restaurants including Lumiere, Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar, and Chambar Belgian Restaurant. Prior to opening Cadeaux Eleanor ran the pastry programs at Chambar Belgian Restaurant, Medina Cafe, and the Dirty Apron Cooking [...]
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Andrea Carlson

The idea for Burdock & Co. came to Carlson right before she started cooking at Bishop’s seven years ago. She was passionate about organic, sustainable, locally grown food, but at the time it was available almost exclusively in upscale restaurants. Carlson has spent most of her life working in fast-paced kitchens. She enrolled at the [...]
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Adam Chandler 

As Pastry Chef / Chocolatier and Co-Owner of BETA5, Adam Chandler’s fascination with chocolates and pastry stems from his desire to combine science and art to create innovative, flavourful, and aesthetically powerful edible creations. Adam completed his formal culinary and pastry training at Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, and further refined his chocolate and pastry [...]
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Betty Hung 

With a lifelong passion in baking, Betty decided to change her career from graphic design to baking. As a self-taught baker, she started her pastry career at Beaucoup Bakery as an intern and worked her way up to becoming the head chef. Having the goal for honing her skills in French pastries, she has travelled [...]
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Mike Robbins

Mike opened his first restaurant, AnnaLena in the spring of 2015.  Named after his two grandmothers to honour the important role they played in encouraging his imagination and curiosity, AnnaLena quickly earned its reputation for memorable cuisine, service and décor. Within its first year, AnnaLena was included in enRoute Magazine as the sixth best new [...]
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