How do you stay educated about new trends in the culinary world? There a few different ways. Two times a month I buy a new cookbook. Now these aren’t just any cookbooks- these are books from the world’s top chefs and I make sure they have techniques and ideology that I personally have yet to learn. I also keep track and do my diligent research on the internet, trying to see the trends for the upcoming year so I can stay on top of it. I also subscribe to a chef magazine that always depicts the current trends and usually features four top chefs throughout North America.
What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? Sour cream and onion crickets.
What chef’s do you admire most? I really respect Rene Redzepi of Noma. Learning his philosophy about food has been interesting. The hunting and gathering aspect and utilizing ingredients from the wild really resonates and inspires me.
What would your last meal be? Such a tough question as I love so many foods. Maybe a super cheesy lasagna or a nice thick rare rib eye steak cooked over an coal with grilled onions, and mushrooms
Where do you go eat around town? I am currently eating everywhere! There are so many great places here in Vancouver. I find it hard to even make the decision on where to go
What is your favourite ingredient to work with? I’d have to say, honey. There are so many things it can do in my opinion. From balancing out flavors, adding just the right sweetness, honey seems to be an ingredient I use a lot of.
Last weekend on earth – what city are you eating in? New York, I have never been and know that one day, I want to go there and indulge in all the amazing restaurants they have there.
If you weren’t a chef, what would you do for a living? I think I possibly could have ended up being a police officer.
Person you would most like to cook for? My past chefs whom have helped form me to the chef I am today.
What’s your favorite beverage to pair with your favourite meal? I’m an old fashion kind of guy. It’s a classic drink and really tells about the skill behind the bar.
Best advice for cooking at home? Keep it simple and fresh… if you can, plan ahead.