Presenters

THANK YOU TO OUR OUTSTANDING 2016 PRESENTERS!

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    RauDZ Regional Table

    Rod Butters
    WCC Chef/Owner
    RauDZ Regional Table
    RauDZ Regional Table philosophy of support local, buy local, eat and drink local has made this restaurant and its regional BC cuisine a perennial favourite popular with locals, visitors and critics alike.
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    Micro Bar & Bites

    micro bar & bites located steps away may be small in size but big on flavour with a creatively simple tapas menu paired with wines and beers from around the world.
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    Roger Sleiman

    Winery Chef
    Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate
    Quail’s Gate welcomed Chef Sleiman in 2006, when the lure of the beautiful Okanagan Lake and family lifestyle drew him to the valley. Since that time he has re-focused the culinary program at Old Vines restaurant with his basic cooking principles of fresh simplicity. His philosophy and commitment to ensure the consistent supply of only the best regional ingredients has never wavered. He shares the winery’s vision for outstanding guest experiences.
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    Chris Stewart

    Executive Chef
    Mission Hill Family Estate
    After 17 years of training throughout Canada, England, France, and the United States, Chris now call the Okanagan home. Joining the Mission Hill team in 2012, he is committed to and believes in environmentally friendly sources of food and practices to ensure the winery's ingredients are not only the freshest, but are the best for the long-term sustainability of our communities.
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    Mark Filatow

    Mark Filatow
    Executive Chef / Sommelier
    Waterfront Wines and Details Catering
    At Waterfront Wines and with Details Catering, Chef and Sommelier Mark Filatow’s passion for fresh, local ingredients can be seen in each of his delectable dishes. Renowned for our award-winning menu, outstanding wine and beer list and delectable cocktails, it is no wonder that Waterfront has been named the ‘Best Okanagan Restaurant’ at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards the last six years in a row.
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    Justin Best

    Executive Chef
    BNA Brewing Co.
    THE MAD SCIENTIST Also known as Executive Chef, Justin’s kitchen mannerisms sometimes resemble a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time alone in the lab. You can almost see the wheels turning as he mimes the plating of his latest creation or paces while he thinks up the final ingredient for a new masterpiece. He’s been with BNA since the beginning; we really couldn’t imagine anyone else in his shoes.
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    Alex Lavroff

    Chef
    Duffers Restaurant & Lounge
    Alex Lavroff was raised in the Okanagan. He has worked in top restaurants in the Valley as well as Vancouver and Victoria. He is now the chef of Duffers Restaurant and Lounge. Alex has a passion for local ingredients, bright, fresh flavours and local wine.
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    Artisto Gelato

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    Erik Yeverino

    Minstrel Café and Bar
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    Adair Scott

    Executive Chef
    Watermark Beach Resort
    Growing up on a farm outside Prince George fueled Chef Adair Scott’s passion for cooking in childhood. His culinary journey began working under renowned Okanagan Chef Paul Cecconi. He studied at Okanagan College and Vancouver Community College, and worked up the culinary ranks at top kitchens in the Okanagan, Victoria and Melbourne. As executive chef at Watermark Beach Resort, he overseas conference and wedding catering and the Restaurant.
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    Praneil Rai

    Chef/Owner
    91 Restaurant
    After a successful career at Joey’s in Vancouver and his continued success at 19 Okanagan in West Kelowna, Chef and owner, Praneil Rai’s 16 year dream of opening Peachland’s newest restaurant has come true. Located lakefront on Beach Ave in Peachland. 91 Restaurant will showcase Chef Rai’s passion for fresh, local food, paired with fabulous drinks.
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    Mark Ashton

    Winery Chef de Cuisine
    The Patio at Lake Breeze Vineyards
    Chef Mark Ashton brings a world of experience to The Patio at Lake Breeze. Working and traveling the Mediterranean has influenced his passion for the roots of traditional cuisines. His philosophy is accenting full bodied flavor without complication; choosing products at their peak; and creating tastes to interest and entice.
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    Brad Horen

    Executive Chef
    Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas' & Smack DAB
    Internationally respected as one of BC's most talented chefs, Brad Horen is a successful Chef of the Year and Iron Chef competitor, multi-medalist at the Culinary Olympics, winner of countless chef-ing awards and all-around stellar culinary athlete. Multi-year Captain of the Canadian Culinary Team and one of the country's Top 40 Foodies Under 40 by Western Living magazine.
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    Iain Rennie

    Executive Chef
    Delta Grand Okanagan
    Newly appointed Executive Chef, Iain Rennie, notably one of Canada’s top chefs will elevate farm-to-table dining at the Delta. His impressive list of culinary accolades include: 2013 Chef of the Year, Cdn Chef Delegation in Taiwan, World All-Star Team (only five chefs picked worldwide), 16 gold medals and five silver medals in world culinary competitions, 2004 Gold World Culinary Olympics winner.
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    Jeremy Luypen

    Executive Chef
    Predator Ridge Resort
    Jeremy Luypen’s culinary journey includes Executive Chef positions at Hotel Eldorado, Spirit Ridge & Terrafina. He proudly supports local farmers, local beef and BC seafood in his menu at Predator Ridge. He is also a Culinary Arts instructor at Okanagan College and is committed to developing junior apprentices within the kitchen at Predator Ridge. OK Chefs Assoc. Presidents Award winner.
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    Brian Fowke

    Executive Chef
    Bonfire Restaurant & Lounge
    Brian Fowke, from Vancouver, BC, is classically trained in French cuisine. Brian has been coming to the Okanagan for years to cultivate relationships with local farmers and produce growers to expand his vision for fresh, locally sourced foods. Brian’s west coast inspired cuisine at Bonfire Restaurant & Lounge will be complemented by our Bonfire Culinary Garden and extensive wine list.
  • David-Beaudein

    David Beaudein

    Cheese Expert & Consultant
    Dairy Farmers of Canada
    Since 2005, David has built his successful “Squeaky Cheese” business as well as leading and operating one of the oldest cheese factories in BC; The Village Cheese Co. David now represents the Dairy Farmers of Canada, as a Cheese Expert and Consultant and serves to educate and entertain with his great knowledge and profound passion for cheese.
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    Tree Brewing Co

    Executive Chef
    The Tree Brewing Beer Institute
    With over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry, Stuart Klassen joined The Tree Brewing Beer Institute team in December 2015 as Executive Chef. Chef Klassen now oversees all aspects of The Tree Brewing Beer Institute’s entire culinary program with a focus on offering handcrafted artisan pizza to artfully pair with our distinct brews.
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    Sandrine Martin

    Chef/Owner
    Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate
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    Wade Siever

    Chef/Owner
    Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery
    Chef Wade Siever is thrilled to see the revitalization of small farms and fresh, local, healthy, flavorful products. You will find this as you experience the aromas and flavours at the Grapevine Restaurant. With stunning views, unparalleled wines from Gray Monk and culinary creations inspired by the best the Okanagan Valley has to offer, you will see why so many people are enamored with this land we call home.
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    Scotty Powell / Neil Martens / Praneil Rai

    Scotty Powell, Chef
    Neil Martens, Owner
    Praneil Rai, GM
    19 Okanagan Grill + Bar
    19 Okanagan Grill & Bar just celebrated 9 years in the business. Always developing new culinary ideas between Chef Scotty Powell and Chef Praneil Rai using the best of what the Okanagan Valley has to offer. Being a part of the ever expanding West Kelowna, Owner Neil Martens has created one of the best places to dine on the west side.
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    Jenna Pillon

    Restaurant Chef
    Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek
    Born and raised in Salmon Arm, BC, Jenna realized her passion for food as a young girl and started cooking professionally in high school. Jenna has led a distinguished career in the Okanagan working with some of the top chefs in the valley moving on to become Restaurant Chef at Terrafina in 2014.