Devour! Chefs in the Spotlight: CHEF ROSS DERRICK

Guests at Devour! Osoyoos have the very good fortune to be able to taste the cuisine of Canada’s best kitchens in one of the country’s most stunning locales.

This year once again promises an incredible lineup of participating chefs. Devour! Osoyoos is so proud to showcase the talents of these industry leaders.

So much personality goes into the dishes every chef creates. What influenced the Devour! chefs to pursue their culinary passions, and what inspired their unique cooking styles? We were curious, and think Devour! festival guests might be, too. So we asked them!

In the spotlight this week, we’d like to introduce The Table at Codfathers Market’s Chef Ross Derrick.

Chef Ross Derrick was born in Winnipeg. He learned to fish in the waters around Manitoba as a child; what was originally a pastime shared with his father ultimately became a vocation and a passion (that he now shares with his own daughter). Ross pursued his culinary career throughout Canada and Ireland before getting hooked on the Okanagan lifestyle.

Chef Ross is a leader in the sustainable seafood movement. He was integral in transferring the seafood programs in several large hotel kitchens to sustainable practices. He is a member of both the Oceanwise and Slowfish programs. Since 2014, his restaurant, The Table at Codfathers Market, has committed to a menu that is fresh, top-quality, and 100% ethically-sourced. Chef Ross’ approach to cooking is simple, highlighting the natural richness and flavours of each dish.

With a solid belief that our oceans, our farmers and our environment deserve equal weight, Chef Ross is dedicated to creating a sustainable food system. He promotes fairness, accountability, and affordability in conjunction with renewable resources. He engages in educational outreach, teaching people how, where, and what to buy to support sustainability. He has shared his love of cooking with his young daughter, and encourages everyone to plant a home garden, in the hopes of inspiring another generation of healthy culinary practices.

Chef Ross will be a part of the Chowder Smackdown (of course!) at Devour! The Food Film Fest on July 16th. Come out and see how tasty sustainability can be!

Tickets and special package rates for the Devour! Osoyoos festival are on now. Visit our Devour! page to book yours!