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Get to Know Chef David Hawksworth

08/01/2013 01:05 EDT | Updated 10/01/2013 05:12 EDT

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David Hawksworth is one of Canada's leading culinary talents. At Hawksworth Restaurant he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contemporary Canadian cuisine, a demonstration of his European-trained technical ability, deep appreciation for local ingredients and an absolute insistence on only the very best quality. For the second year in a row, Hawksworth Restaurant was named Restaurant of the Year by Vancouver Magazine, as well as Best Upscale Dining, plus Chef of the Year (again!) for David Hawksworth, too.

We're lucky to have Chef Hawksworth curate the latest CHEF'S BOX food of the month club for FoodiePages.ca. Below he shares the difference between London and Vancouver, the most romantic thing he's done for a girl and his top 5 favourite restaurants of all time.

Name: David Hawksworth

Signature dish: Very seasonal menu, we never keep anything on that long, love working with fish and shellfish and whatever is best at that time of year - quality, presentation and flavour are what we are known for.

Hometown: Vancouver

Current location: Vancouver

Day job: Chef & Restaurateur, Hawksworth Restaurant

Daily uniform: Chef whites

I have a few: pairs of skis, 5?

In the kitchen, I swear by: Working clean and being well organized

The taste I couldn't live without: Acidity, citrus, pizza from gjelina.

Hidden talents: Skiing and fishing

If my kitchen could talk, it would say: I wish it could so I would know which piece of equipment will break down next.

Latest splurge: MacBook Air

Last place I traveled:Clayquot Wilderness Resort

Best thing about London: Never a dull moment

Best thing about Vancouver: So close to the wilderness, skiing and fishing

Most romantic thing I've done for a girl: Propose at Le Gavoroche in London....thankfully she said Yes!

In life, what is most important to me is: My Family

I get nervous when: My wife drives in snow

Favourite drop of wine? White burgundy

My Top 5 Meals: Giro -- Toyko, David Kinch's Manresa -- Los Gatos, Alain Ducasse -- Monte Carlo, 11 Madison -- New York, Harveys -- London (back in the day when Marco Pierre White was just making the big time).

My motto: Dig Deep