Vancouver’s Top Chefs Are Set to Heat Things up at the BC Home + Garden Show

The city’s culinary elite will storm the Urban Fare Cooking Stage, February 19-23, 2014 at BC Place Stadium

Fire it up! Vancouver’s top foodies are getting ready to heat things up at the upcoming BC Home + Garden Show, happening at BC Place Stadium from February 19-23, 2014. Starting with an opening night kick-off courtesy of Savoury Chef’s Taryn Wa, the Urban Fare Cooking Stage will play host to a drool-worthy lineup of epicurean experts. Think all things spring, from BBQ and beer pairings to comfort food and cocktails, complete with local flavours and eye-pleasing plating that transfer effortlessly to any home kitchen. Who’s up for seconds?

Chopping Block
Saturday, February 22, 2-4PM

Hosted by Ned Bell, executive chef of the Four Seasons Vancouver, Chopping Block will see four contestants take the Urban Fare Cooking Stage. Each competitor will race against the clock to create the ultimate three-course meal using mystery ingredients from Urban Fare, as chosen by public vote. Course by course, one chef will be “chopped” from the competition by an expert judging panel led by Vikram Vij, executive chef of Vij’s and Rangoli, Urban Fare executive chef Ryan McDonald and 102.7 The Peak host Laurie Logan until just one remains. The winner of Chopping Block will receive a deluxe flightseeing and dining experience for four valued at $3,500, courtesy of Urban Fare and Helijet. Visit to enter.

BCLiving Magazine Lounge
Relax (sans guilt) in this luxurious lounge, refreshment and BCLiving Magazine in hand. Styled by Vancouver’s favourite local decorating duo A Good Chick To Knowand conveniently located adjacent to the HGTV Main Stage, this chic space will invite you to press pause without passing up on any of the action. Grab a drink and snag some snacks while reading up on all the latest home décor trends!

The Gemstone Patio Lounge
Some home improvement projects, no matter how complex, are just no match for a wino’s sophisticated palate. Steal away to Gemstone’s chic backyard patio and indulge in a glass or two, complete with flavourful fare from a variety of vendors. Cheers tothat. Presented by Gemstone Masonry & Landscape Supply and Coast Spas.

Twinings English Tea Garden
Traditional teatime gets a modern reimagining with a nod to our posh neighbours across the pond. Enjoy a piping hot brew and tip your hat to everyone’s favourite royal family while enjoying the sights and sounds of an expertly landscaped oasis. Jolly good, chaps! Presented by Twinings Canada and Cedar Rim Nursery.


Principal & Executive Chef, Savoury Chef
Presenting: Effortless Entertaining – Mediterranean meze-style
Get the goods on Mediterranean Meze, the easy to-prepare dishes sure to leave you with enough time to impress your guests both inside and outside of the kitchen. 
Wednesday, February 19 at 7PM

Barbecue Evangelist, Barbecue Academy
Presenting: Grilling local – The Ultimate in Home Cooking
Get on the right track to grilling success with the best barbecue-friendly ingredients British Columbia has to offer.
Thursday, February 20 at 1:30PM

Owner & Chef, Provence Restaurants
Presenting: Springtime Entertaining
Scope tips and tricks for concocting an array of French-inspired aperitifs sure to please the most sophisticated of palates. 
Thursday, February 20 at 3PM

Executive Chef, Black + Blue
Presenting: The Golden Age of Steak
Rediscover the magic of classic steak with a decidedly contemporary twist.
Thursday, February 20 at 4:30PM

Founder, Omega Flax Crunch
Presenting: Cooking With Flax
Learn how to introduce a delicious fix of crunchy fiber to any meal with natural products sure to keep your body fit and taste buds tantalized.
Thursday, February 20 at 6PM

Chef, CRAFT Beer Market
Presenting: Have Your Beer and Eat It Too
Further your understanding of the art and skill of pairing craft brews with locally produced food. 
Friday, February 21 at 3PM

Executive Chef, Urban Fare
Presenting: Gourmet Grilling
Learn how to make the most of your BBQ endeavours by using fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the city’s most trusted gourmet food retailer.
Friday, February 21 at 4:30PM, Saturday, February 22 at 7PM & Sunday, February 23 at 2:30PM

Executive Chef & Co-owner, Kale & Nori Culinary Arts and Bittered Sling Extracts
Presenting: The Balance of Bitter: Cooking with Bittered Sling Extracts
Embark on an adventure of taste by exploring the important role that the oft-overlooked “bitter” element plays in achieving the perfect harmony of flavours in a variety of seasonally-inspired dishes.
Friday, February 21 at 6PM

Head Chef, Mamie Taylor’s
Presenting: Classic Comfort with a Contemporary Twist
A successful contemporary approach to American comfort food is a difficult thing to master – witness its achievement firsthand in a delectable spin on classic ‘shrimp and grits.’
Saturday, February 22 at 11:30AM

Co-owner & Executive Chef, Vij’s and Rangoli
Presenting: Modern Indian Cuisine
Take your taste buds on a tour of India, featuring hand roasted and ground spices with local ingredients expertly blended by a culinary legend.
Saturday, February 22 at 4PM

TV Chef & Vancouver Sun Food Columnist
Presenting: Cooking Local, Fresh & Delicious
Pizza has gone gourmet! Fresh local ingredients come together for a delicious and healthy twist on this tasty Italian staple.
Saturday, February 22 at 5PM

Executive Chef, Siena
Presenting: Ocean to Table
Learn how to create a delicious risotto showcasing Vancouver’s spring bounty of Ocean Wise seafood.
Sunday, February 23 at 11:30AM

Chef & Co-owner, Re-Up BBQ
Presenting: Southern Comfort
Nothing says southern comfort like fried chicken and biscuits. Learn how to make them at home, courtesy of a little time and a big appetite. 
Sunday, February 23 at 1PM

Owner & Baker, Beaucoup Bakery
Presenting: Go-To Dinner Party Dessert
Learn how to make a show-stopping fruit tart easily adapted throughout the year to include your favourite seasonal farmer’s market finds.
Sunday, February 23 at 4PM

About the BC Home + Garden Show: The BC Home + Garden Show has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1971, attracting more than 56,000 qualified visitors every spring. Produced by Marketplace Events, the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 34 home shows in 21 markets that collectively attract 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually.

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