Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter, alongside some of this country’s finest chefs, honoured John Bishop – Founder of farm-to-table dining, Vancouver’s iconic chef, restaurateur, slow food proponent and the person who created the farm-to-table movement in Canada’s restaurant scene.
At a stunning single long table for 100 guests (the cities longest) on the 2nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, industry luminaries, long time guests and family joined television host, and long-time Bishop’s fan, Fanny Keefer at an elegant champagne reception hosted by Moët & Chandon, followed by a multi course dinner from some of the country’s finest chefs, all former Bishop’s Alumni, to honour John Bishop.
Some of Canada’s top chefs joined the celebration, many of them flying in to Vancouver create their course for this special dinner. The all-star brigade, under the leadership of Les Dames d’Escoffier member and Culinary Capers Catering award-winning Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm, included Bishop’s alumni chefs Michael Allemeier, Wendy Boys, Adam Busby, Andrea Carlson, Claire May, Ron Shaw and Jeff VanGeest. Legendary Vancouver caterer, and Les Dames d’Escoffier member, Lesley Stowe will be contributing her famed Death by Chocolate which she created for Bishop’s. Ned Bell, Executive Chef Four Seasons Hotel and YEW Restaurant & Wine Bar, was the event’s host.
Wine has also played a pivotal role at Bishop’s. As the BC wine industry grew up alongside the restaurant John offered the very best of the local vintages alongside some of the world’s best old world wines; wines for the evening include Domaine Chandon Classic Brut, Leeuwin Art Series Riesling, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Estate Chardonnay, Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc, Painted Rock Syrah, Montresor Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Marisco The King’s A sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough and Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port.