With a rich history in Vancouver’s culinary landscape, Andy embarked on his journey as a salad boy at the Keg Granville Island. However, it was his time at Broadway Earl’s that set his trajectory, ascending from busboy to closing manager as he concurrently pursued a Bachelor of Arts at UBC. Following graduation, a brief stint in Toronto led him to the Prestigious Lotus Restaurant, Uber fine dining, helmed by Susar Lee – a taste of the remarkable opportunities that lay ahead.
Returning to Vancouver in 1994, Andy found his home at the Raintree Restaurant, a pioneering Pacific Northwest establishment. He would later assume ownership with partner Sharon Speirs in 1996, a passion project that concluded when the Raintree shuttered in 2001. Andy’s journey then led him to Whistler, where he collaborated with culinary luminaries Andre St. Jacques and Melissa Craig at the esteemed Bearfoot Bistro.
Transitioning back to Vancouver, Andy embarked on a series of impactful and valuable ventures, including notable contributions at Chambar, Nu Restaurant, The Bins, and Au Petit Chavignol, each of these pivotal stepping stones.
since 2010, Andy’s journey has been alongside the Sequoia Company of Restaurants. His ascent began as a Manager at Seasons in the Park, leveraging his extensive hospitality background and unyielding pursuit of excellence. The journey culminated in his appointment as General Manager at the iconic Teahouse Restaurant, prior to his transformative role as GM at Cardero’s in Coal Harbour – a position he has excelled in for the last five years.
An affinity for people and a passion for hospitality drive Andy’s dedication to creating enduring moments and memories. His unique ability to spark connections that ignite joy and wonder remain at the heart of his approach. His natural ability in creating talented teams of professionals, and his devotion to those teams, is what he is most proud of. Today he is grateful for the abundant gifts from an industry that has supported him on this remarkable journey.