Chef David Hawksworth to open first restaurant in Vancouver

David Hawksworth
Chef David Hawksworth

There's big foodie news out of Vancouver.

David Hawksworth, one of Canada’s foremost chefs (and all-around nice guy), has announced plans to open his first restaurant at the revitalized Hotel Georgia.

The landmark property is at the corner of West Georgia and Howe Streets and scheduled to re-open in late 2009.

The heritage hotel first opened its doors in 1927. During its heydays in the 50s and 60s, the hotel’s
Cavalier Grill was known as the restaurant to go to and be seen.

It was a social hub hosting Howe Street brokers, lawyers and judges from the nearby law courts, along with Hollywood legends and visiting royalty.

Some 50 years later, Hawksworth plans to restore the restaurant to its former glory.

The name of the new resto is under wraps as Hawksworth fine-tunes the concept. He confirms that “quality, excellence and innovation” will be the key ingredients.

The space will accommodate a state-of-the-art kitchen, 120 dining seats with patio, bar and two private rooms.

Alessandro Munge of Munge//Leung in Toronto (creators of Jean-Georges’ newest restaurant) will blend history and contemporary aesthetics in his design.

Hawksworth was born and raised in Vancouver, leaving Canada to hone his talents in some of Europe’s most respected Michelin-starred kitchens: Le Manior Quait’ Saisons, L’Escargot, Isola and The Square.

He returned in 2000 to open Top Table's West where he won critical acclaim.

In 2003, food critics cited West as Restaurant of the Year -- a title it has held for the past three consecutive years.

Hawksworth, named Chef of the Year
, has received significant international media attention. He's currently working on a West cookbook to be published in the fall of 2008.
Hawksworth will turn in his Executive Chef's jacket at West in late 2007.

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