2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

Active (tie)

Exceptional restaurateurs currently active in the BC restaurant industry:

  • Michel Jacob — Le Crocodile
  • Sinclair Philip — Sooke Harbour House
  • Vikram Vij — Vij’s & Rangoli


Lifetime Achievement

Special recognition award to individuals who made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry in British Columbia.

  • James Barber — Writer, host of TV cooking series, The Urban Peasant


Industry Award

Individual — retired, deceased or active — who is or has been a chef, server, manager, bartender and who has demonstrated exceptional professionalism working in the restaurant industry and recognized for making their restaurant a special experience for customers:

Industry Front of the House

  • John Blakeley — Pastis
  • Brent Hayman — Raincity Grill

Industry Back of the House

  • Bernard Casavant — Bernards, Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl
  • David Hawksworth — Chef/Proprietor, The Restaurant at the Hotel Georgia


Friend of the Industry

An individual who has provided exceptional support to the restaurant industry — either a supplier, restaurant reporter or politician — and who has consistently supported BC’s restaurant industry

  • Anthony Gismondi — Wine critic, writer, broadcaster and speaker
  • Mark Hills — Hills Food


Pioneer (tie)

Pioneers of the BC restaurant industry either retired or deceased:

  • Diamond Almas — Seven Seas
  • Bert Love — Love’s Café
  • Tommy O’Bryan — O’Doul’s/Tommy O’s