Golden Plates 2012: Chef David Hawksworth keeps a balance

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Chef David Hawksworth is the owner/chef of Hawksworth Restaurant and neighbouring Bel Café , both located in downtown Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia. A Vancouver native, Hawksworth spent a decade in Europe honing his skills in some of Britain’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, L’Escargot, and The Square, and has traveled extensively as a guest chef. Upon returning to his hometown in 2000, Hawksworth began a seven-year stint as executive chef at West Restaurant, during which time he garnered international media attention as well as a string of local accolades. In 2005, Hawksworth was named Vancouver’s Chef of the Year and in 2008, he made Western Living’s ‘Top 40 under 40" list and also became the youngest chef to be inducted into the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame.

2011 saw the opening of both Hawksworth’s eponymous fine dining restaurant as well as the more casual and whimsical Bel Café , a European style full-service café named after his wife, Annabel, that serves up coffee, pastries, soup, and sandwiches.

Hawksworth donates his time to various charitable causes and is especially committed to Fishing for Kids, a charity tournament that benefits the Canucks Autism Network and B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Hawksworth Restaurant won three Golden Plates this year: Best New Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Fine Dining, and Best Hotel Restaurant. Congratulations, Chef Hawksworth!

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