18 of Canada’s Top Chefs Convene at Epic Culinary Celebration

 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (September 6, 2016)EAT! Harvest is a one-night epicurean feast taking place on Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and offers the opportunity for Vancouverites to meet Canada’s top chefs and sample their new Fall dishes at the 14th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

EAT! Harvest is headlined by Food Network Canada host Chef Michael Smith, and proceeds from the event support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Guests will be able to graze between stations, enjoying tapas-sized dishes, premium California wines, and desserts provided by BETA5 Chocolates, Beaucoup Bakery & Café, and Bella Gelateria. Just a few of the 17 esteemed chefs include:

  • Chef Antonio Park (Montreal) – Chef Park pairs traditional Japanese dishes with flavours from his Korean and South American heritage. Park Restaurant, which opened in 2012, presents the purity of Japanese sushi and an insistence on organic and sustainable produce. Park has procured private seafood and Wagyu/Kobe beef import licenses – rarities in Montreal. He also owns Lavanderia, an homage to his Argentinean roots, and Trout Lake Events & Catering.
  • Chef Rob Gentile (Toronto) – Chef Gentile worked under one of Canada’s most recognized top chefs, Mark McEwan, for a decade before launching Buca in 2009, noted by The Globe and Mail as Toronto’s best Italian restaurant. In 2014, he opened Bar Buca and in 2015, Buca Yorkville, chosen by Toronto Life Magazine as the city’s best new restaurant.
  • Chef Dave Mottershall (Toronto) – Chef Mottershall’s culinary career includes the Banff Springs Hotel and Prince Edward Island’s sustainable seafood restaurant, Terre Rouge, where he earned Chef of the Year in 2012. After the successful pop-up restaurant opening of Loka Snacks in 2014, Mottershall executed the first successful Kickstarter campaign for a Canadian restaurant for Loka last year, which was named best new restaurant by NOW Toronto Magazine.
  • Chef Mandel Hitzer (Winnipeg) – In addition to his role as Executive Chef of deer + almond, one of Winnipeg’s top restaurants, Chef 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 at the junction of the frozen river banks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Raw:almond was named one of the world’s top pop-up restaurants by Conde Nast Traveller.
  • Chef Carl Heinrich (Toronto) – With experience working in restaurants in New York City, France, and Monaco, Heinrich earned the title of Food Network Canada’s “Top Chef Canada” in Season Two in 2012. He followed this success with the opening of Richmond Station that year, which has become a bustling neighbourhood establishment in downtown Toronto.

The visiting chefs will collaborate with eight of Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants to present eight special dinners in the EAT! Vancouver Dinner Series on October 4 and 5, including:

  • West hosting Chef Nick Liu (Toronto) – Chef Liu is a rising star in Toronto’s food scene, having worked at the city’s top restaurants (Scaramouche, Splendido, Niagara Street Café) before opening DaiLo in 2014. It is credited as Toronto’s new Asian cuisine with dishes such as fried watermelon, jellyfish slaw, and a cult-followed smoked trout wrapped in betel leaves. The Globe and Mail’s esteemed food critic, Chris Nuttall-Smith, declared DaiLo to become one of Toronto’s best restaurants.
  • Royal Dinette hosting Matt Blondin (Toronto) – Chef Blondin’s career highlights include partner at Toronto’s Acadia, and Executive Sous Chef of Momofuku’s Daisho. Along with new partners The Food Dudes, he has opened OMAW, rasa, and Pantry across Toronto, with another Pantry location to open soon.
  • Wildebeest hosting Wayne Morris (Toronto) – With childhood hobbies including fishing, hunting, and raising animals, Chef Morris learned to create traditional Acadian/Metis meals prepared by his mother and grandmother. His restaurant, Boralia, has become Toronto’s hot spot for Canadian heritage recipes, paying tribute to Indigenous people and British/French settlers.

On Wednesday, October 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Whole Foods Market presents a Food Trends Tasting Panel featuring Jackie Ellis, Sarah Stewart, and Denise Breyley. The panel will share their ideas on food trends, and invite guests to taste regional products and meet the producers who bring them to market.

Tickets are $115+tax for EAT! Harvest and $35+tax for the Food Trends Tasting Panel, and are available for purchase at Both events take place at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C. V6E 3T3.

The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival takes place October 4 to 7, 2016 at various locations in Vancouver. 

About EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

Produced by Fulcrum Media Inc. and presented by Jaguar Land Rover, the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a world-class festival showcasing the city’s extraordinary culinary culture. EAT! Vancouver brings together top culinary stars, food producers and restaurants from across North America and beyond. For more information on EAT! Vancouver or to stay up to date on the latest developments, visit

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