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Rob Feenie

Executive Chef, Cactus Restaurants Ltd.

The driving culinary force behind Cactus Restaurants Ltd., the award-winning collection of 22 casual fine dining restaurants in B.C. and Alberta, Rob Feenie is also one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated chefs.

At Cactus Restaurants, Chef Feenie leads the culinary team, blending his talent for creating elegant, globally inspired cuisine with his passion for simple dishes using fresh, local and ingredients. Already an award winning collection of restaurants, Chef Feenie’s innovative approach to cooking has continued to drive the evolution of Cactus’ menu selections and its commitment to sourcing the best fresh, local and sustainable products wherever possible.

Chef Feenie has published four cookbooks: Rob Feenie Cooks at Lumière, Lumière Light, Feenie’s and his latest, Rob Feenie’s Casual Classics. He also starred on New Classics with Chef Rob Feenie on Food Network Canada for five seasons. In 2005 Feenie became the first Canadian to win on the popular television show Iron Chef America by defeating Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Ray Kachatorian

What I Think of Culture in Canada

As a chef, culture is an inspiration. Food is such a huge part of what is known as "culture" and I feel blessed to have learned about and experienced so many impressive cultures through their food. From Jamaican jerk spice to traditional Korean kimchi, whenever you think of culture, food is intrinsically tied to its experience -- and these experiences have inspired my cooking, which has had an incredible impact on my career and my life.
09/30/2012 03:16 EDT