Culinary Stage

Watch the region’s top chefs cook a signature dish in an intimate and interactive setting with a focus on locally sourced food and a fusion theme. Mouths will water!

Here are the seven chefs that will be cooking on the culinary stage with a few more to announced soon.


Chef Max Straczek

Chef Max Straczek started working in kitchens when he was 13 years old, starting as a dishwasher and working his way through the ranks. After working in Vancouver for some time when starting out his culinary career he spent five years abroad with the goal of expanding his culinary knowledge and abilities. Time was spent in London, Spain, Cypress and other countries before spending time in Poland where he helped to open their first Michelin Star restaurant. Upon return to Vancouver and for the past four years, he has been working with Fable and is currently the concept chef for Fable and Fable Diner.

Chef John Chang

Over the last decade, John Chang has become a master of roti-making. Known for the best roti in greater Vancouver, John owns JC Roti Factory, a growing wholesale supplier for the past five years. As a veteran of the food and beverage industry (for over 20 years), John has worked in many well-known Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and European restaurants. Throughout the course of his culinary journey, John has also become an award winner of numerous food competitions. The most recent ones were ‘Best Of West’ won 2 years in a row.

Chef Kimiko Suzuki

Kimiko Suzuki loves sharing her passion for locally sourced, simple and delicious dishes. Born and raised in Wakayama, Japan, she enjoyed the freshness, sweetness and richness of vegetables picked from her grandfather’s garden plot and learned true home-style Japanese cooking techniques in her mother’s kitchen. Kimiko teaches at Cook Culture and Well Fed Studio in North Vancouver and UBC Farm and a contribute food writer for Vancouver Shinpo, local Japanese newspaper.


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