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 Heritage Asian Eatery’s Chef Felix Zhou.
A rising star in Vancouver’s culinary scene, Felix Zhou honed his skills at a number of acclaimed restaurants both locally and internationally before deciding to embark on his first solo foray at Heritage Asian Eatery.
After a turn as chef de partie at Vancouver’s West Restaurant and Bar in 2007, Felix moved on to ply his trade at Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel before venturing overseas to perfect his craft at Michelin-starred Roganic and Galvin La Chapelle in London, UK. In 2014, he returned to the West Coast to take on the role of Executive Sous Chef at Whistler’s Nita Lake Lodge, and most recently presided as Executive Chef at a number of notable local restaurants including The Parker, Big Trouble Chinatown and Beach Bay Café.
From an early age, Felix developed an appreciation for the time-honoured traditions of using quality, local ingredients, experimenting with various flavour profiles and leaving nothing to waste that were bestowed upon him by his mother and grandparents in his family’s kitchen as a young boy in China.
After re-locating to Vancouver at the age of 10, Felix took those sage lessons to heart and pursued his Red Seal certificate at Vancouver Community College, graduating in 2007 and launching a culinary career that would make his forbears proud, while crafting a reputation as a nuanced and polished culinary talent.
Since opening in the fall of 2016, Heritage Asian Eatery has been recognized in numerous local and international publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic, New Weekly (China), The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun and Montecristo. The restaurant earned first place in the ‘Pork Belly Bao’ category at the 2017 Chinese Restaurant Awards and Felix took home the grand prize at the 2017 Curry Cup.