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Vancouver World Chef Exchange - Indigenous Canada

  • January 24 - January 24
  • Edible Canada at the Market
  • 1596 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4
  • Admission: 195.00

Edible Canada Chef Tobias Grignon with Indigenous Chefs Rich Francis, Shane Chartrand, & Christa Bruneau-Guenther. 

Vancouver World Chef Exchange - Indigenous Canada

The Wilds of Canada
Presented by Aeroplan
Produced by Tourism Vancouver and sponsored by Air Canada, The Westin Bayshore and Edible Canada
Edible Canada at the Market, 1596 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver 

January 24

* All Inclusive - includes multi-course dinner, beverage pairings, tax, gratuity and ticketing fees.
Please arrive 15 minutes early.

We are going global again! We’ve reached out to our friends in the global culinary community and have invited them to Vancouver.  The result? Five of the world’s culinary best join us for a series of delicious collaborations with our own city’s top talent.  

Join Edible Canada’s Director of Culinary, Chef Tobias Grignon as he joins forces with a trio of award-winning, Canadian indigenous chefs; Rich Francis, Shane Chartrand and Christa Bruneau-Guenther.

This collaboration will consist of an 8 -course feast that will showcase indigenous products, stories, people, wines and cocktails as we aim to bring together the country around a common table to celebrate past stories, our heritage and the people who first inhabited our lands.  


About Chef Tobias Grignon, Vancouver

Tobias Grignon was born on Gabriola island, one of the beautiful Gulf Island chain nestled in the Georgia Straight. He grew up in a vegetarian, socially conscious and food-oriented household with a massive backyard garden. The garden taught him to look forward to the bounty of spring and summer from an early age, and his favourite vegetables & herbs all hail from his memories of the family garden; fava beans, tomatoes, sweet peas, and stinging nettle.

Tobias first developed an interest in cooking when he learned to make bread at age 11. After highschool, he went straight to cooking school at the Vancouver Island University, and moved to Vancouver in 2000 for his first cooking job. Tobias’ experience ranges from Mammie Taylor’s to Bistro Pastis with stops at the Empress and Wedgewood along the way. No longer a vegetarian, Chef Grignon gets inspired and excited by more unusual cuts and types of meat & seafood. Some of his favourite ingredients include blood, offal and less popular but more sustainable seafood. Apart from his creative role as Director of Culinary for Edible Canada, Tobias Grignon currently teaches at VCC in their culinary program.

About Chef Rich Francis, Saskatoon

Since 2010, Rich Francis has been working to raise the profile of modern indigenous cuisine.  A member of the Tetlit Gwich’in & Tuscarora Nations; born to his Gwich’in father and Haudenosaunee mother, originally from Fort McPherson, N.W.T. and now living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Rich, who was a finalist on Season 4 of Top Chef Canada, currently operates his catering business and is looking forward to opening his restaurant, 7th Fire.
About Chef Shane Chartrand, Edmonton

Shane Chartrand grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada and moved to for culinary training
Working with award winning chefs, and training in some of the best restaurants and hotels he could find, in Canada, he has furthered his culinary skills.
Shane has taught cooking classes to Aboriginal youth, remembering that success is not just dependent upon credentials and experience, but also how much one has to offer back to the community.
Culinary competitions, charitable and otherwise, have also played a prominent role in his work, helping to further expand upon his experience and training.

About Chef Christa Bruneau-Guenther, Winnipeg

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, proud member of Peguis First Nation, owner of Feast Cafe Bistro serving modern dishes rooted in traditional First Nation foods. Christa has spent over 15 years refining her cooking skills while expanding her knowledge of Indigenous foods and culture. Her creativity and passion also stems from gardening, teaching, cooking for family and friends including her three teenagers.Christa’s humble beginnings along with her life’s journey has taught her that entrepreneurship brings opportunities to give back to the community, which remains an important priority to her and her family.

In 2001 she opened Running Bear Daycare, voted as one of the top daycares of its kind by the Manitoba Childcare Association. With its unique services and holistic program, it became a resource for Children's Special Services, The Family Centre, Child and Family Services, Mamawiwichiitata Centre, Manitoba Childcare, and the surrounding community. Recognizing a need for quality childcare in the inner city of Winnipeg, the daycare was designed to also serve Indigenous and lower income families. Some children required specific care with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health-related issues. The daycare also worked with the parents offering mentorship, resources, cooking/ life skill tips, recipe sharing, and guidance in effective parenting, health, and lifestyle. Following Canada’s Food Guide for breakfast, lunch, and snacks was a legal requirement. It was during these years that Christa’s passion and knowledge for re-connecting to her First Nation culture through food sparked, culminating into Feast Cafe Bistro.

Feast Cafe Bistro opened in 2015, has received rave reviews with a rapidly growing successful catering service! The Cafe has become well known within the community for providing job opportunities, mentorship, and work experience for many, including those with barriers to employment. By networking closely with community organizations, together they help create positive futures for many. Christa continues to grow her business with hopes of opening a cooking studio offering cooking classes for all ages, including resources with her “how to” gardening and canning practices, the growth of traditional vegetables and herbs, grocery shopping tips, budget friendly meals, recipes, “how to” videos, and much more!

About Vancouver World Chef Exchange

The spirit of the Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan is one of collaboration and is designed to spread Vancouver’s culinary story around the world.  It is an exchange of ideas, experiences and ultimately the development of a community of relationships between Vancouver and international chefs and the cities they come from.

The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan was developed and is produced by Tourism Vancouver and is sponsored by Air Canada and the Westin Bayshore hotel.  

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