Rocky Mountain Oysterfest 2014

On September 2, 2014, Calgary’s best shuckers competed for the title, “King of Bivalves”. Attending were special guests Bob Blumer and Ned Bell who were on their way through town on the Chefs for Oceans cycling tour!

This year’s best shuckers were were:

  • 1st – Jesse Papastavros, Rodney’s Oyster House
  • 2nd – Anthony Wing, National on 8th
  • 3rd – Joanna Notkin, Independent

Congrats to all who participated!

11th Annual Avenue Magazine’s Best Restaurants

Congrats to everyone on Avenue Magazine’s 11th Annual Best Restaurant list.

Even in my mind, it was a long and hard debate as the number of top quality chefs and restaurants in Calgary has grown to epic proportions and we wished we could recognize every chef that deserved it, but alas, we were limited to only 10 choices.

To view the best of list, go to Avenue’s site.

Here are a few (non-official) pictures of the awards night.

LVG’s Best Pictures of 2013

In 2013 I cut down a lot of my writing and focused on quickly developing food and event photography in order to become a more rounded media contributor.

These are some of my favourite shots this year:

Skills to Pay the Bills

SAIT culinary students now have something to brag about, 3 things actually: Gold, silver and bronze in the provincial skills competition. SAIT students have swept the annual competition proving that their students and program is among the best in the country.

Read “Skills to Pay the Bills” over on my TV & Print Publications section.

On the Origins of Chefs

As long as there was food, there were chefs. Even though the ages have changed how chefs work, see the world and conduct their business, their goal remains the same: make great food.

I take a look at two chefs, a 30-year veteran and a culinary school graduate as I compare their views, environments and aspirations.

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You can read, “On the Origins of Chefs” over on my TV & Print Publication section.