Native Vancouverite, Chef David Hawksworth, has been serving up his culinary vision to satisfied patrons since 2011 at his eponymous, downtown restaurant, Hawksworth. A central figure in the Vancouver food scene, the much lauded chef has received the honour of being named Chef of the Year by Vancouver Magazine for four consecutive years and has also garnered coveted awards from Maclean’s Magazine and En Route.
Although Chef Hawksworth has cooked worldwide from Hong Kong to Toronto to New York, he remains very contentedly in Vancouver … Here’s why.
GROOM: Barber & Co.
Although beer, oysters and a shave don’t always commingle, when they do it’s magical. At least, according to Chef Hawksworth whose favourite spot for a grooming happens to be located within an upscale Vancouver pub. Says Chef,“When I’m looking for a close shave or the perfect haircut in downtown Vancouver, I head to Barber & Co., which is within the Blackbird Public House on Dunsmuir Street.They’re friendly, efficient and always give me a confidence-boosting shave and cut.”
SHOP KITCHEN: THE GOURMET WAREHOUSE
Whether you’re a trained chef or an enthusiastic home cook, The Gourmet Warehouse is an inspiring, epicurean emporium.
With over 19,000 square feet of specialty ingredients, it’s no wonder Chef H loves to get lost in the boutique’s shelves. “It’s like a treasure trove of kitchen bits and pieces,” says the Chef. “ I love browsing their huge shelves of imported food: the canned tomatoes are a favourite and I always stock up when I visit.”
SHOP STYLE: NORDSTROM
Nordstrom may be new to Canada but the department store giant has been a household name across North America for years. With its commitment to personalized service, the Canucks are taking to it in droves. Chef Hawksworth is one such Canuck: “My favourite place to shop in Vancouver is the brand new Nordstrom. It’s a one-stop-shop and Michelle Addison is my go-to stylist for everything menswear. She is a wealth of knowledge and she always keeps me looking smart and stylish.”
EAT: SAVIO VOLPE
With bright aromas of freshly picked tomatoes and warm accents like wicker wood and natural stone, it is no wonder that new Vancouver addition, Savio Volpe, is a successful contemporary take on the classic Italian osteria. Says Chef Hawksworth, “An esteemed colleague,
Chef Mark Perrier, recently opened Savio Volpe on Kingsway. I find the rustic Italian concept inviting and the food delicious. It’s quickly becoming one of my favourite places to dine in Vancouver.”
TASTE: TERRA BREADS
West coast carbohydrate and gluten avoiders be warned: You may be hard-pressed to resist a bread coming out of the stone hearth ovens at artisan bake shop, Terra Breads. “Terra Breads offers a wide assortment of delicious baked goods and I love the smell of freshly baked bread,” Chef Hawksworth shares.” Their rustic French style pain de campagne loaf is by far my favourite.”