2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Active Restaurateur

Exceptional restaurateurs currently active in the BC restaurant industry:


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:

Back of the House

Front of the House

  • Darren Gates — Joe Fortes & Gold Fish — www.joefortes.ca
  • Jean Turcotte — The Cannery


Friend of the Industry

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

  • Sid Cross — Co-Founder The Chef’s Table Society of BC; Western Living Magazine Contributing Editor
  • Jamie Maw — Co-Founder The Chef’s Table Society of BC; Vancouver Magazine — www.vanmag.com



Pioneers of the BC restaurant industry either retired or deceased:

  • George Frankel— Bridges Restaurant — www.danielgroup.ca
  • Bruno Patassini — Westin Bayshore Vancouver, Catering Manager — www.westinbayshore.com
  • Primo Villanueva — Primo’s Mexican Grill, Founder


Lifetime Achievement

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