Two Chefs Reunite at Tofino Resort & Marina’s 1909 Kitchen on May 19, 2018
Chef David Hawksworth travels to Tofino on Saturday, May 19, to cook at 1909 Kitchen with Chef Paul Moran at Tofino Resort and Marina, where the two chefs and friends are excited to reunite under the roof of 1909 Kitchen for one night only.
Chef Hawksworth lived in Tofino in the late 1980’s when he was a young cook with the opening team at Orca Lodge, before he moved to Europe for a decade to work with Michelin starred luminaries, such as Marco Pierre White, Philip Howard and Raymond Blanc. Upon returning to Vancouver in 2000, he led the kitchen brigade at West Restaurant, where Paul Moran was part of his team for three years.
Chef Hawksworth opened his eponymous restaurant in 2011 and Hawksworth Restaurantwas named Canada’s Best Restaurant in its first year of operation. In 2013 The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation was launched, and young chefs from across the country competed for a $10,000 prize and an international stage. Chef Moran proved his mettle and was the first young chef to take home the grand prize.
“I always saw huge potential in Chef Moran,” says Chef Hawksworth of his young protégé. “His commitment and drive mirrored my own and I’m so proud of everything that he has achieved. I am really looking forward to being in the kitchen with him again next weekend.”
Chef Moran’s experience extends beyond Vancouver to include international experience; from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, to the two Michelin starred Hotel Negresco in Nice, France, and Saturne Restaurant in Paris, where he worked alongside Chef Sven Chartier. Drawn back to the West Coast of Canada, Chef Moran has been at 1909 Kitchen since its opening last summer. There he delivers ingredient-driven dishes, sourced and foraged from Tofino’s oceans, shoreline and forests, and he has created a distinctly Tofitian menu, including speciality dishes from the Mugnaini wood-fired oven.
Chef Hawksworth continues to operate Hawksworth Restaurant, Nightingale, and Bel Café (a second location is due to open this spring) and has also recently expanded kitchen space to officially launch Hawksworth Catering. Chef Hawksworth is also the culinary partner to Air Canada and is currently working on his first cookbook, which is due to be published in 2019.
Chef Hawksworth and Chef Moran will cook together for one night only on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The five course menu is priced at $89 pp. Reservations are available from 5:30-9:30pm. Call 250.726.6122 to book. Tofino Resort and Marina.
About Hawksworth Restaurant:
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Hawksworth Restaurant embraces contemporary Canadian cuisine with a goal of setting forth a culinary legacy rooted in regional produce that celebrates the cultural diversity of Vancouver. Five-time winner of Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award’s Best Upscale Restaurant, Hawksworth Restaurant is grown up and glamorous, yet relaxed and welcoming, ready to deliver an array of memorable dining experiences. Approachable menus reflect seasonality and spontaneity, whilst demonstrating the highly skilled technique and relentless drive for perfection that has become Hawksworth’s trademark. Three distinctive rooms, including Hawksworth Cocktail Bar are complemented by two elegant private spaces, designed to reflect the vibrancy, creativity and quality of the cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, call 604.673.7000 for reservations or visit www.hawksworthrestaurant.com
About Tofino Resort + Marina:
Adventure seekers coming to battle the waves, foodies drawn to the unique tastes of Tofino’s incredible culinary scene, and ocean lovers looking for a hip home base – Tofino Resort & Marina is the perfect place to experience the spirit of the wild, west coast. Inspired by adventure, Tofino Resort & Marina is the only full-service resort situated on the inlet, and is just a short stroll from the artisan boutiques, surf shops and Pacific flavours of this ruggedly refined ocean-side community. The 62 guest rooms offer marina views, oversized balconies, spacious Austrian king beds, and stylish décor. An onsite Adventure Centre offers unforgettable experiences from bear and whale watching tours, to fishing, culinary and gold-panning adventures, and two waterfront dining experiences complete the property, both with talented Chef Paul Moran at the helm. West Coast rugged has never looked so stylish!
For previous MyVanCity.ca articles featuring Chef Paul Moran read here.