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As Kathryn mentioned in her debut post, we checked out the Restaurant Australia event as part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Being the featured country this year, it’s only fitting that there was an event highlighting the Aussie culinary culture and how it pairs with wine.

Restaurant Australia

Even though it’s prepared by the executive chef and culinary team at the Vancouver Convention Centre, they utilized some interesting ingredients unique to Australia, such as kangaroo, crocodile, wattleseed and of course, lamb. Here is a quick peek at the menu and some food photos: (more…)

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As mentioned in my earlier post, we were invited to attend the private Amex Platinum Cardmember Dinner at Hawksworth Restaurant, joining roughly 60 Amex Platinum Cardmembers at the York Room.

champagne to greet each guest

#DineWithAmex at Hawksworth Restaurantwarm bread

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of champagne. Chef David Hawksworth made an appearance and walked us through the menu that was designed to celebrate the kickoff of the fall season. Each course was paired with wines provided by WineOnline.ca. Let me tempt you with some delicious photos!

Chef David Hawksworth made an appearance

Food

Our dinner started with a Roasted Acorn Squash and Pear Salad. It’s finished with chèvre (goat cheese) and a walnut vinaigrette. What a perfect combination to represent the fall. Wine Pairing: Nicolas Maillart Rose Champagne.

roasted acorn squash and pear salad

Then our server brought over this plate of seared scallop with crispy cauliflower and capers. It was difficult to stop ourselves from digging into the perfectly seared scallop, but we had to wait till they poured the silky Cauliflower Veloute into the dish. The surprise was in the lemon supremes (the naked flesh of the lemon — no rind, pith, or seeds), as well as the fried capers; they helped cut through the richness in the creamy veloute. Wine Pairing: Vinos Sanz’s Sanz Rueda Clasico.

pouring the veloutecauliflower velouté

Next, the Duck Conft Raviolo was definitely encore-worthy!

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I have been invited to an Amex Platinum Cardmember Dinner at Hawksworth on September 30, a unique dining experience created as part of Amex’s Taste from Platinum Dining Program. We will be enjoying the first tastes of Fall in the luxurious private York Room, celebrating the fresh, seasonal local produce.

The Event

When: Tuesday, September 30, 6-9pm
Where: Hawksworth Restaurant, York Room, 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Not only will this feature a specially crafted menu, but this will also include wine pairings. Maybe there will be a meet and greet with Chef David Hawksworth too!

Beautiful Pencil Drawing of Chef David

What is the Taste from Platinum Dining Program?

As an Amex Platinum Cardmember, you have access to exceptional travel, dining and entertainment benefits, and invitation to exclusive dinners. Through the Taste from Platinum Dining Program, Cardmembers get to enjoy a unique dining experience and perks at 65 of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country, plus hundreds around the world. (more…)

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Last weekend, one young chef was crowned the winner of the inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition. The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship program is a non-profit culinary foundation created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, while promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. To be eligible, they must be Canadian chefs under 28, with a Red Seal certification, and are working full-time in a professional kitchen. 10 finalists across Canada were selected:

  • Mark Andrew Brown – Ayr, Ontario
  • Ross Derrick – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Arnie Mitchell Guieb – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Talib Hubba – Sherwood Park, Alberta
  • Carmen Ingham – North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Hayden Johnston – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • John Ly – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Brad Masciotra – London, Ontario
  • Paul Moran – Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Garrett Rotel – Calgary, Alberta

During Round 1 of the competition, these ten finalists competed against each other to create a main course dish for two within two hours, using provided ingredients. The top 3 finalists then moved on to Round 2, the black box challenge. They had two hours and fifteen minutes to cook a main course and dessert using mystery ingredients from the black box.

Welcome to Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition

My guest reporter Terence checked out Round 2 of the competition at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and watched the following candidates compete for a chance to receive a $10,000 bursary, provided by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, and a stage at a leading international restaurant.

From left: Carmen Ingham, Paul Moran & Brad Masciotra (Photo credit: Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Twitter feed @HawkScholarship)

Top 3 finalists

The black box ingredients were  (more…)

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a blogger breakfast at Hawksworth Restaurant. It’s the earliest blogger duty I have ever attended, and I think other ones around the table can attest to this. A large cup of hot coffee, please!

I was surprised to learn that most others didn’t know that Hawksworth serves brunch on the weekends. My mom and I was there just last year for Mother’s Day. The experience was quite positive last time, so I was looking forward to another great breakfast at this event.

Blogger Brunch at Hawksworth

Blogger Brunch at Hawksworth

Food

To start the morning, we had a great selection of Artisan Pastries. I was told that the Almond Croissant is always a popular item and often times sold out at Bel Cafe next door, so I went for a piece. It was very good. It’s denser than a regular croissant, more bread-like and less crumbly, and it was fresh and slightly crispy on the outside. (more…)

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For Mother’s Day, my plan was to take Mama Lam out for brunch. After much hinting, I made reservations at Hawksworth Restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Winner of many restaurant awards since its opening, we have been wanting to try the restaurant for a few times so finally we made it happen.

Brunch at Hawksworth Restaurant

Brunch at Hawksworth Restaurant

Food

Walk-in wine cellar

Walk-in wine cellar

Hawksworth didn’t offer a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day. We simply ordered from its regular menu. Despite two lobster dishes were featured, Mama Lam opted for the Dungeness Crab Benedict, which comes with hash browns and tomato jam. Compared to the Crab Benedict I had at the Wildflower Grill, this one was a bit underwhelming. It was pretty good for a traditional benny, with eggs poached just right and a good amount of crab meat – just not in a pile like it did in Lincoln City nor was it on a crispy thick toast (Gee I missed the little town already). Mama Lam actually picked out a big piece of cartilage out of the claw meat, which is hard to avoid since they wanted to keep the entire claw intact. The hash browns were okay, crispy skin with sea salt sprinkled on the outside. The tomato jam was not bad but I wish there was more, and more tart. Hash browns are still better with ketchup.

Dungeness Crab Benedict

Dungeness Crab Benedict – arugula, hollandaise sauce, hash browns and tomato jam

I surprised myself by ordering a sweet item. As you know I’m a sucker for brioche so my eyes just set on the Brioche French Toast as I scanned the menu. (more…)

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