Profile: Yellow Door Bistro Chef Katarina Edwards

   
Hotel Arts
June 19, 2018
She draws creative culinary inspiration from her past, understanding and appreciating how much work goes into farming and ranching as her family had working farms in the British Columbia Interior.

With a passion for fresh flavour and an appreciation for quality ingredients, Chef Katarina Edward heads up the Yellow Door Bistro kitchen as Chef de Cuisine. She draws creative culinary inspiration from her past, understanding and appreciating how much work goes into farming and ranching as her family had working farms in the British Columbia Interior.

Born in St. John, New Brunswick, Kat then grew up in B.C. around 100 Mile House, Quesnel and later in Vanderhoof where her family raised free-range goats, wild boar, rabbits, cows, and poultry.  Her family also made much of their food from scratch sourcing as many ingredients from their farm to make bread, butter, cheese and other items.

Kat’s love for the harvest from the land led her to pursue culinary studies at Okanagan College in Kelowna where she learned from top instructors like Chef Geoffrey Cooper.  She completed her apprenticeships and secured her Red Seal Certification working for Chef Rod Butters at RauDz.

While developing her craft in the Okanagan, she was impressed with the tight-knit group of chefs and how they contributed to their community with numerous collaborations and charitable endeavors. Kat also marveled at the strong relationships between chefs and the farming community due, in part, to the abundance of products grown and raised in the region.  It wasn’t uncommon for 6-7 local farmers to drop off products daily at the restaurants she worked at.

Chef Edwards is keen to build on her B.C. experiences and develop a strong rapport with both the local farming and chef communities.  Yellow Door Bistro has built great relationships with local and regional farmers and producers and the culinary team has been active in the food community with diverse events like Cook it Raw Alberta, Harvest Moon, Brewery & the Beast, Gold Medal Plates, and Visa Infinite Dinners, among others over the years. This year, Chef Kat Edwards won Best Small Plate at Chef Meets BC Grape Calgary event in May.

As Chef de Cuisine at Yellow Door Bistro, Kat develops menus for a full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and a popular weekend brunch. Kat is continually introducing new and seasonal items with her daily three and five-course dinner creations that feature hand-selected wine pairings. She is excited to showcase creative dishes showcasing regional ingredients served up in a whimsical yet approachable style.