TAKASHI ITO, c.c.c | Executive Chef
What is your favourite ingredient? Soy sauce!! I can’t live without it.
What would you eat and drink as your last meal? Sautéed foie gras with poached Okanagan peach and Sauterne as the first course; Australian rack of lamb with rosemary and Dijon mustard, with St. Emilion as the main course; Finished with Kabocha and rum mousse, almond Mont Blanc and ice wine. And two portions of each please. One for here, the other to go.
What is your most treasured possession? Imagination.
What is your secret fast food indulgence? Either the chinese food court at T&T in Richmond or Cheeseez!
What is the most unusual ingredient you’ve ever cooked with? Grasshoppers!
JANIS GOARD | Director of Food & Beverage, Sommelier
What is your favourite ingredient? Just one? Is wine an ingredient? I love food. I love cheese, I love charcuterie, I love fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy… the only thing I don’t really like is milk. Unless it’s warm. Then I like milk too.
What would you eat and drink as your last meal? Duck with lentils, bacon, chanterelles and a big glass of pinot noir. Old world pinot, nice and funky. Mmmmm, duck & pinot … Can I have my last meal tonight please?
What is your most treasured possession? Oh boy. I mean, it’s just STUFF, right? I guess my wine collection, in anticipation of drinking it to celebrate, with a great meal and with good friends and family.
What is your secret fast food indulgence? Barbara’s jalapeno cheese puffs.
What is your favourite cocktail? I like a good French 75 or whisky sour, but really I’d take wine or a local craft beer over a cocktail most days.
(Did anyone notice that wine was in pretty much always the answer?)