Take your taste buds abroad at Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s most anticipated culinary event. The third annual Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan, will bring award-winning chefs from global culinary hubs to Vancouver for a series of collaborative dinners, featuring flavours from Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Nashville, and a trio of Canadian destinations: Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon.
During each event, the visiting and local chefs will join forces to produce an incredible multi-course dinner at the Vancouver chef’s restaurant, taking inspiration from their respective restaurants’ most popular dishes; their own cultural influences and favourite fare; and local and seasonal ingredients.
The spirit of the Vancouver World Chef Exchange is one of collaboration and community building: sharing ideas and experiences, as well as developing relationships between Vancouver and international chefs and the destinations they come from.
Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 Vancouver World Chef Exchange Pairings:
Bangkok’s Chef David Thompson and Vancouver’s Chef Angus An
When: January 20 & 21
Details: Maenam Chef and Owner Angus An welcomes Michelin star chef and mentor David Thompson and Chef Prin Polsuk, as they visit Vancouver and Canada for the first time. Together they will create a traditional family-style Thai feast in the luxurious style that has gained them worldwide acclaim.
Tokyo’s Chef Fumihiro Matsumoto and Vancouver’s Chef Andrea Carlson
Where: Burdock & Co.
When: January 22
Details: Burdock & Co. Chef and Owner Andrea Carlson welcomes Chef Fumihiro Matsumoto and Maitre d’ Kenji Kawamura of Kantera Restaurant in Tokyo. This farm-to-table multi-course dinner was inspired by Chef Carlson’s recent trip to Japan and will combine each of the chef’s favourite culinary inspirations, using fresh sustainable seafood and locally-grown ingredients.
Saskatoon’s Chef Rich Francis, Edmonton’s Chef Shane Chartrand, Calgary’s Chef Bill Alexander and Vancouver’s Chef Tobias Grignon
Where: Edible Canada
When: January 24
Details: Join Edible Canada’s Director of Culinary, Chef Tobias Grignon as he joins forces with a trio of award-winning indigenous Canadian chefs; Rich Francis (Saskatoon), Shane Chartrand (Edmonton) and Bill Alexander (Calgary). This collaboration will consist of an eight-course feast showcasing indigenous products, stories, people, wines and cocktails, with the aim to bring Canadians together around a common table and celebrate indigenous heritage and the people who first inhabited these lands.
Beijing’s Chef Jiuxin Fan and Vancouver’s Chef Kamal Silva
Where: HJU:Z Lounge at the Westin Bayshore Hotel
When: January 30
Details: The Westin Bayshore’s Executive Chef Kamal Silva welcomes Chef Jiuxin Fan from the Westin Beijing for this Asia-Pacific inspired collaboration. Set in HJU:Z Lounge, the Westin Bayshore’s newest dining establishment, this dinner will highlight Chinese and Cantonese cuisines, and showcase both chefs’ experiences of heading up kitchens at 5-star hotels around the world.
Nashville’s Chef Trevor Moran and Vancouver’s Chef David Gunawan
Where: Farmer’s Apprentice
When: February 4
Details: Join Farmer’s Apprentice Chef and Owner David Gunawan in welcoming Chef Trevor Moran from Nashville, Tennessee. Pacific Northwest palates will enjoy a twist of southern hospitality at this unique North American collaborative dinner, where each chef will bring their own global experiences and focus on local ingredients.