Conscientious Cooks I

conscientiouscooksindexThe first of a periodic series that will explore the foodservice industry and those who are making unique efforts to create more sustainable interactions between the field and the table.


Michael Allemeier – Winery Chef, Mission Hill Family Estate (Westbank, BC): Located in the fertile Okanagan Valley, Michael Allemeier has taken food service to a new level. On the other hand, it can be said that Allemeier has returned the operation of a restaurant back to the way they have more traditionally functioned. Before joining Mission Hill in 2003, Michael saw his time spent at Bishop’s Restaurant in Vancouver, Wildflower Restaurant in Whistler, and Teatro in Calgary. He is most visually recognized as having been one of the hosts of the Food Network’s ”Cook Like a Chef” – an internationally syndicated television program.

Andrea Carlson – Chef de Cuisine, Raincity Grill (Vancouver, BC): In 1998 Carlson joined Vancouver’s C Restaurant where she stayed for two years as Executive Sous Chef before embarking on a jaunt across Eastern Europe and Turkey. Upon returning Andrea created a bakery on Savoury Island and later spent a season at Sooke Harbour House in 2002. In May 2003, Andrea returned to C and assumed the position of Pastry Chef and is now back at Raincity Grill as Chef de Cuisine. Carlson maintains a commitment to all things seasonal; evident in her recent launch of the 100-mile Tasting Menu – inspired by James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith’s 100-Mile Diet. “100-miles” refers to the limit at which ingredients can be sourced: creating a truly local and seasonal menu.

Musical Selection (name/title/album/label)
Theme/Soundclips: – Adham Shaikh, Infusion, Fusion, Sonic Turtle (CDN)
Soundclip 2 – James Asher, Star of Madras, East Westercism Vol.3, Law and Auder
Music – Derek Grisanz – Live Performance (CDN)