Media Advisory – #Chefs4ALR



Media advisory and call for coverage

May 26, 2014

For media information please contact Leeann Froese Town Hall Brands 604-603-9394


BC Chefs Urgently Call to Kill Bill 24

The Chefs' Table Society of BC to make press statements

When: Tuesday, May 27, 12:00pm


Farmland is important to me #chefs4ALR

Press are invited to hear from BC Chefs

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia wants to stop Bill 24

Chefs will talk to the media and speak out against Bill 24, in a hope to get the attention of BC Premier Christy Clark


Campagnolo Restaurant - 1020 Main St, Vancouver

(between Prior and National)

Meet in rear of restaurant - use rear entrance if possible

Street parking in back


Chefs, notably, plus more:

Chef Scott Jaeger, president, Chefs' Table Society, and chef owner, Pear Tree Restaurant

Chef Robert Belcham, chef/owner Campagnolo Restaurant

Nessa van Bergen, executive director, Chefs' Table Society

Jonathan Chovancek, vice president, Chefs' Table Society, chef (new) Café Medina and co-proprietor of Bittered Sling Extracts

Tret Jordan, chef, Homer Street Cafe & Bar

Dana Reinhardt, chef/owner SOL Kitchen Consulting

Ned Bell, executive chef, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Tim Bedford, executive chef, Vancouver Aquarium

Best Optics / Photo Opportunity:

Chefs in whites and aprons with placards and protest materials


The Chefs' Table Society of BC wants to stop Bill 24, and needs help to spread the word, before it's too late.

They urgently call on people of BC to read this and then send a note to the government Tell BC Government to Stop Bill 24

Bill 24 proposes to divide the Agriculture land reserve into 2 zones, the changes being put forward are in zone 2 which contains 90%  of the protected land. This will essentially open the door to remove 90% of the mere 5% of B.C.'s  ALR.

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia has had a social media storm brewing - with selfies and calls to action with the hash tag #chefs4ALR and #killbill24

Now they are calling upon the media and public to help spread the word and call to protect BC farmland  - read this open letter, entitled Farmland is Important to Me.


"Chefs and Restaurateurs have worked hard over the past 40 years to support our farms for not only the food they produce but also the culture they bring to our industry. Growing local food is not a thing of the past it is our present and our future, never has the demand been higher for locally sourced nutritious food." - Scott Jaeger, president, Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia

Suggested tweets: 

Listen to your chefs @christyclarkbc! @chefstablebc says #killbill24 #chefs4ALR

We need your help to #killbill24 Protect our farmland! #chefs4ALR @christyclarkbc please listen.

Time 4 action to kill Bill 24! Let MLAs know farm land is important to YOU! Click here #Chefs4ALR


For more information visit:





Farm Land is Important to Me!

Dear Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia Members,

A mere 5% of British Columbia land falls within the protection of the Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR). The foresight of our legislation to create the ALR over 40 years ago is now in jeopardy with bill 24. We need to be accountable for decisions we make today not only for sustainability of the present but also what we leave in the future. Chefs and Restauranteurs have worked hard over the past 40 years to support our farms for not only the food they produce but also the culture they bring to our industry. Growing local food is not a thing of the past it is our present and our future, never has the demand been higher for locally sourced nutritious food.

Bill 24 proposes to divide the Agriculture land reserve into 2 zones, the changes being put forward are in zone 2 which contains 90%  of the protected land. This will essentially open the door to remove 90% of the mere 5% of B.C.'s  ALR.

The ALR was created to protect a very valuable asset by ensuring land-planning decisions for agricultural land were not made for political or short-term reasons. The decision makers at the Agricultural Land Commission are currently independent and free of an outside agenda. Bill 24 changes that, greatly weakening the independence of the Commission by allowing the government to easily appoint decision-makers who may not prioritize the protection of agricultural land. Bill 24 also makes it much easier for agricultural land to be removed from the ALR by adding new open-ended and undefined categories such as “economic” or “social” reasons that allow land to be removed.

Chefs and the restaurant industry need to be aware of the type of changes being proposed.

The members of the Legislative Assembly and our Premiere need to be aware of how we feel about our farmland and our future food source. For more information, visit the BC Food Systems Network at

We ask all members to speak out about this threat to food security before it is too late! Take a ‘selfie’ and post on twitter or facebook with the hashtag #chefs4ALR






Scott Jaeger
President of The Chefs Table of British Columbia
Chef owner of The PearTree Restaurant
Bocuse dor Canada 2007
4 time Olympic gold medalist Culinary Team Canada  2008
Inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant hall of fame 2008

Spot Prawn Festival – coming up in May!

Spot Prawn Committee Chair - Ryan Bissell - is looking for CTS members who would like to join the working group and help out with task related projects leading up to the event. Areas where we will be needing organizational support are: coordinating vendors, coordinating Chefs, marketing, ticket sales, event volunteer coordination, etc. This is an excellent opportunity to support your Chef community and to get to know the Chefs' Table Society better.

If you are interested in participating, please email Ryan at: chefryanbissell[at]

We look forward to another fun and successful year!

Chefs’ Table Society Annual General Meeting: September 24, 2013

On Tuesday, September 24, the Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia will hold their Annual General Meeting at the Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks and will inform members of the exciting new scholarship opportunities and upcoming events.

Chefs' Table Society Annual General Meeting

Date: September 24, 2013
Time: General Meeting at 2:00pm, AGM at 3:30pm
Where: Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks - 1740 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver (map)
Guests: Open to members and the general public
Belong: Become a Chef or Supporter member for $35 annually

AGM Focal Points

  • Meet the current Chefs' Table Society Board, learn about our Values, and understand what our Committees are doing to enhance the culinary community
  • Meet our new Executive Director, Nessa van Bergen
  • Sign up in person to be a Chef or Supporter member
  • Meet fellow members and interact with Board and Committee representatives

Apply now for the Barbara-Jo Books To Cooks Chef Literacy Scholarship

Barbara-Jo Books To Cooks Chef Literacy Scholarship

Open to all Cooks and Culinary Students

Barbara-jo Books To Cooks is a longstanding crown jewel in Vancouver’s culinary scene; a cultural mecca for foodies.

A unique scholarship opportunity has been created by Barbara-Jo to help cooks obtain the books of their dreams - a book to bring you to modern times, a book of classics to spark your passion, a text book or reference book to start your own business. This your chance to start or enhance your personal library.

For Barbara-jo, it's a chance to nourish the principals that form the foundation of her business. "I believe in the preservation of libraries and the knowledge that comes from real books," she explains.  "The idea of holding a book in your hand, of spending time to savour the gift of turning each page, is something that should be passed on to each generation."

"We bring in books from around the world," she adds.  "They're essential reading for young, professional chefs.  But they can be expensive, especially if you're just starting out.  So I got to thinking: How can I pass on an experience I've always cherished to the young chefs who need it most?"

To apply, simply write to The Chefs Table Society. In several paragraphs describe yourself, where you want to go with your career, what book you are looking for and the reason why.

Applications will be reviewed on the last day of every season, or 4 times a year, so you can apply throughout the year.

Send your application letter to:

Chefs’ Table Society of BC Sponsors Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship

The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia Sponsors $10,000 grand prize for 

Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship 

Young Canadians will compete for prize in front of Canada’s most revered judges

Ten young chefs from across Canada will have the chance to win a life-changing grand prize of $10,000, funded by founding sponsors The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, at the inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition this October. The Chefs’ Table Society of BC are generously providing the grand prize of $10,000 for the next three years of the competition.

The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship program is a non-profit culinary foundation created to provide a platform for talented young Canadian chefs to get a head start in their career, making it a perfect match for The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia; a chef-run province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals.

"Mentorship, camaraderie and creating a legacy full of opportunity and awareness for established and rising young chefs is a mandate we’ve always embraced," says Chef Julian Bond, President of Chefs' Table Society of BC. "These values have also been embraced by the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition and that’s why we’re proud to come aboard as a founding sponsor. The competition will be a great opportunity for these young chefs, both personally and professionally, and we look forward to our sponsorship making a difference this year and in the years to come".

"Over the last 10 years The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia has demonstrated time and again our commitment to elevating the culinary profession in BC,” says Society Vice President Robert Clark. “The Chefs' Table Society's inaugural endowment of $10,000 to the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship is another example of that commitment. As a society, we are constantly striving to shine the spotlight on the many talented chefs and purveyors in our midst.”

“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with The Chefs’ Table Societyof BC and are so thankful for their generous sponsorship of the grand prize,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “It will make such a difference to our young chef winner’s life and career and we look forward to working with them over the next three years and taking the competition from strength to strength.”

The winner of the inaugural 2013 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship will receive the $10,000 bursary and a stage at a top international restaurant – giving them the inspiration and opportunity needed to develop their professional skills.

Judges include Chef Normand Laprise, owner and head chef of Toqué! and Brasserie T!; Chef Mark McEwan, star of Top Chef Canada; as well as award-winning food author Jacob Richler. Vancouver-based celebrity Chef Vikram Vij and Corporate Executive Chef of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants Chef Anthony Walsh. Hawksworth Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and Chef David Hawksworth will be representing the West Coast on the judging panel.

The competition is open to Red Seal Canadian chefs under 28 years of age that are currently working full-time with a professional kitchen. Ten selected finalists will gather for the final at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver on Sunday October 27th 2013.

Twitter: @HawkScholarship 

 About Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship: 

A Canadian non-profit culinary foundation, the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, was created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, whilst promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. Through its national annual competition, the scholarship program provides a platform for talented young chefs to get a head start through recognition, mentorship and an unparalleled opportunity to work in the country’s leading restaurants.

About The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia: 

Founded by Jamie Maw and Sid Cross, the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is a registered, non-profit society composed of B.C.’s leading chefs and culinary professionals. It is a province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. The Society supports innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture B.C. chefs, producers and the local food industry. The Chefs’ Table Society secures apprenticeships for and bestows bursaries to emerging local chefs and also finances culinary education programs in BC schools. For more information or to become a member visit:


Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship contact:

T: 604.609.6678
Brody Jones


Chefs' Table Society of BC contact:
T: 604.689.8935
Céline Turenne


Media contact: 
Hawksworth Communications 
T: 604.609.6678 
Annabel Hawksworth

Now Hiring: Executive Director to the Chefs’ Table Society Board

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia is looking to hire an experienced and proactive Executive Director commencing June 1, 2013.

Job Description

Executive Director, Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia

Reports to

Board of Directors

Job Summary

The Executive Director must possess an extreme passion for local food production, sustainable ingredients and the advancement of the culinary field in British Columbia. This position will work closely with the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia. Implements policies established by the board of directors. Provides leadership, direction and guidance of the society’s activities. Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all the society’s operations. Develops and maintains organizational structure and effective personnel including volunteers, board and committee members. Represents the society in the community to donors, partners, members and the general public.


  • Executes board-approved policy
  • Directs and oversees short and long term strategic plans
  • Manages revenue streams and logistics
  • Attends monthly board meetings
  • Provides leadership through effective objective setting, delegation and communication
  • Delegates authority and responsibility to committee members and volunteers
  • Co-ordinates and directs volunteers
  • Manages quarterly events
  • Manages charitable relations
  • Manages website content by facilitating discussion and problem solving
  • Oversees administration of membership packages and communication
  • Recommends changes to policies and procedures that would improve the society
  • Maintains an effective and cost efficient office environment

Job Requirements

  • Must be highly organized and have problem solving abilities
  • At least 4 years’ experience working for a non-for profit or past experience as an executive director or ability to execute on:
    • Enforcing minimum requirements of directors sitting on the Board
    • Signing at least 1 new partner per quarter
    • Building a fundraising program and managing related events (4 times per year)
    • Staffing each Society committee with at least 3 volunteers from the membership base
    • Increasing membership by at least 50%
    • Publishing or facilitating publication of content in the News, Events, and Member Community areas on a weekly basis
    • Improving and updating the Society's business plan
  • A diploma in Fundraising, Sales, or Business from a recognized educational institution is preferred

Accepting Applications May 1-20, 2013

Submit your resume and cover letter

Spot Prawn Festival Kicks Off 8-Week BC Spot Prawn Season

BC spot prawns make their triumphant return on Saturday, May 5th at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, just off the entrance of Granville Island. The Spot Prawn Festival celebrates its sixth year of sustainability and participation in the Eat Local movement. It's an outdoor gathering of spot prawn enthusiasts and Chefs, complete with a Spot Prawn Boil, cooking demos, and the opportunity to purchase these tasty crustaceans fresh off the boat.

The Chefs' Table Society of BC once again hosts this growing festival, and they expect to draw hundreds of people to feast and learn about this truly sustainable and local indulgence.

As popular as they may be today, it is only recently that these succulent morsels began to enjoy well-deserved fame on their home turf. Until six years ago, BC spot prawns were imported to Japan in its entirety; Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean explains that it took a fishing trip with Chef Robert Clark to realize that spot prawns needed to stay here in Vancouver.

"Rob Clark and I came up with the idea five years ago. It's really because I had Rob out here fishing and he wanted [to use] the prawns, but I told him it was all going to Japan. So that winter, we came up with the idea of a Spot Prawn Festival to keep all the 'Luv' at home. It didn't make sense to ship all these beautiful prawns and be stuck eating farmed tiger prawns that are not very good."

And it's a good thing they did. Steve describes that BC spot prawns are "like eating sugar. These spot prawns, all day long when we are fishing, we eat them alive out of the trap. They are sweet, succulent, and melt-in-your-mouth tender."

If product quality alone is not enough to get you down to the dock, know also that our local Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association--the Festival's title sponsor--represents one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world. Instead of cutting down the man-made rainforest to make room for expanding tiger prawn farms, BC prawn fishermen like Organic Ocean catch them in "clean glacier water, and they are wild and grow naturally, so that you can feel good about eating them." And BC spot prawns are as local as they get. Steve mentions that when they are fishing, they are fishing only 5-6 miles away from downtown Vancouver.

So for 8 short weeks, you can do your part to eat local and sustainably, and delight your taste buds at the same time. BC spot prawns are available in the early afternoon daily from False Creek Fishermen's Wharf for $12 a pound.

And with all the cooking tips and inspirations you will take back from the Spot Prawn Festival, you won't run out of ways to enjoy these crustaceans.

Spot Prawn Festival Quick Links

Special thanks to Welbert Choi for use of his photos from last year's Spot Prawn Festival.