Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Welcomes Trio of Top Chef Canada Alumni for ‘Papi’s and Friends’ Dinner on October 5


Papi’s Chef Max Straczek Pairs Talents with Fellow Top Chef Canada Contestants Mark Singson, Wallace Wong for One-Night-Only Collaborative Dinner at English Bay Restaurant

Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Chef Max Straczek will share the spotlight with two fellow alumni of The Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada TV series when he welcomes Mark Singson and Wallace Wong to the line at the English Bay restaurant for a ‘Papi’s and Friends’ Collaborative Chefs Dinner on Saturday, October 5.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy a Prosecco welcome reception before sitting down for a dinner that will see the trio of chefs trade talents and courses during a culinary collaboration that showcases their respective styles. The menu includes such dishes as cauliflower panna cotta,truffle donut, mussel cannelloni, slow-cooked cod, congee with local seafood and ‘pumpkin latte’ dessert.

Singson, who earned his culinary chops at such local stops as The Fairmont Pacific Rim and Boneta before helping to open and lead AnnaLena to No. 6 on enRoute Magazine’s 2015 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants, was the runner-up on the sixth season of Top Chef Canada in 2018. Straczek and Wong — both of whom honed their skills in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe — shared the stage on the seventh season of the Food Network Canada TV series, with Wong finishing third overall.

$79 per person plus tax and gratuity
includes six-course menu and Prosecco reception
Trio of Oysters

Chef Straczek: Cauliflower Panna Cotta
pickled grape, crispy capers, parmesan crisp

Chef Wong: Truffle Donut
summer vegetables, herb aioli, tomato, anchovy

Chef Singson: Mussel Cannelloni
shellfish sauce, herb oil

Chef Straczek: Slow-Cooked Cod
lentil and chorizo ragu, celeriac purée, chicken jus, anchovy crumb

Chef Wong: Congee
local seafood, ginger, green onion

Chef Singson: ‘Pumpkin Latte’
coffee, pumpkin, dark chocolate

“I’ve been a fan of both of these chefs since before we all made appearances on Top Chef Canada, and I’m thrilled to share the kitchen with them,” says Straczek. “This time, there’s no ‘lights, camera, action’ — just the three of us doing what we love and sharing some of the inspiration that got us into cooking in the first place.”

Tickets to the ‘Papi’s and Friends’ Dinner on Saturday, October 5 are available for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased online at

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ABOUT PAPI’S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR | Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s vibrant West End, Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is a casual, seafood-focused restaurant and bar that offers a bright and spacious dining room and oyster bar and outdoor patio featuring a panoramic view of English Bay Beach. With a menu of locally sourced seafood dishes and freshly shucked oysters on the half shell as well as a bar menu featuring Champagne, sparkling wine, signature cocktails and craft beer on tap, Papi’s is the latest project for the Viaggio Hospitality Group, which also owns and operates such local establishments as Cibo Trattoria, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar and Ancora Waterfront and Dining’s twin locations in False Creek and Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver.

1193 Denman St., Vancouver BC  V6G 2N1 | 604-685-7337 | Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Weekend Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Happy Hour daily 2 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

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Media release and images provided by Michelle Lan, SMC Communications Inc.


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