What happens when twenty of Vancouver’s best chefs get together?

Vancouver chefs are passionate about creating beautiful food. They’re also passionate about ensuring that some our most vulnerable community members receive compassionate care.

These elements come together to create one amazing affair – Passions 2018, taking place September 26 at Performance Works on Granville Island. Each year, this wonderful community of chefs show their love by serving up some of their most delicious dishes at this event for Vancouver food lovers. It’s a great way locals can meet the chefs and sample their signature taste – all while contributing to the outstanding day program run by Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. This year’s event is emceed by Global TV anchor Sophie Lui with celebrity auctioneer Fred Lee.

To celebrate fifteen years of Passions and the incredible generosity of Vancouver’s culinary community for their sacrifice of love, the twenty participating chefs have been invited to have a glass of bubbly and socialize with their peers on a yacht in Coal Harbour the week before they main event. No public. No pressure. Just fun.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the local culinary community and we wanted to provide them with the opportunity to socialize and enjoy each other’s company—a rare occurrence for a group of people who spend most daylight hours in the kitchen,” said Scott Elliott, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. “Pacific Yacht Charters is a long-time supporter of the Dr. Peter Centre and they have generously donated their yacht for the evening.”

Passions has raised an invaluable $1.4 million in support of compassionate care at the Dr. Peter Centre. The money raised supports 80,000 meals served at the Centre every year. Today the Centre services more than 300 clients in the Day Health Program.

“To have such an incredible group of culinary professionals, sponsors, and volunteers dedicating their time to making this event a success year after year is a testament to Dr. Peter and his legacy,” said Nathan Fong, Passions founder and committee co-chair with Michael Barker-Fyfe.

PASSIONS Information:

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Tickets (doors at 6:30) $225
  • VIP Tickets (first access to food stations, glasses of bubbly, and VIP gift bags) from 5:30-6:30pm: $300
  • Group (10 people) VIP Tickets $2700 and General Admission Group $1750


Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

ARC at the Fairmont Waterfront

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar




H2 Rotisserie

Honey Salt

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

La Glace


Market by Jean-Georges


Notch8 Restaurant & Bar

Pacific Yacht Charters 

Provence Marinaside

The Observatory




The history of Passions dates back to 2002, to a small charity cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later, in 2004, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and titled Passions. Organized by Vancouver food media personality, Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7,000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events, raising much-needed funds for the Dr. Peter Centre.


Named in honour of a British Columbia hero, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates, and raises funds to support the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. The Dr. Peter Centre provides compassionate care to some of the most vulnerable community members. Dr. Peter Centre clients are living with HIV, as well as additional challenges, including mental illness, trauma, addiction, poverty, and unstable housing. The Foundation manages a seven-day-week day health program, a 24-hour licensed care residence, and an enhanced supportive housing program.

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