Dine Out Vancouver: World Chef Exchange shines a spotlight on First Nations cuisine

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      This year's World Chef Exchange at the Dine Out Vancouver Festival will have a strong Indigenous component.

      In fact, the final three events will feature First Nations culinary specialists, who all hail from the part of Turtle Island now known as Ontario.

      For several years, the annual World Chef Exchange has been bringing together chefs from Vancouver and other parts of the world to prepare multicourse feasts during what's become Canada's largest culinary festival. Dine Out Vancouver runs from January 14 to January 30.

      The World Chef Exchange kicks off on January 25 with Toronto-based celebrity chef Rob Gentile, Toronto pasta chef David Marcelli, Oliver’s Phantom Creek Estate Winery chef Sarah Fiore, and Giovane Bacaro chef Scott Korzack, who will prepare a $250 all-inclusive multicourse dinner at Giovane Bacaro in the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

      The next World Chef Exchange takes place on January 26 at Alimentaria Mexicana on Granville Island. There, chef Joaquin Cardoso of Loup Bar in Mexico City will collaborate with the team at Alimentaria Mexicana on a $100 all-inclusive meal with an optional wine pairing for an additional $50.

      The final three World Chef Exchanges are at Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro on January 28, 29, and 30 with the team there welcoming Odawa chef Joseph Shawana from the Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory Reserve, then Algonquin Anishinabe chef Marie-Cecile (Cezin) Nottaway from Ottawa, and then Enoch Cree chef Shane Chartrand from Edmonton. They will create $175 all-inclusive meals.

      Dine Out Vancouver is celebrating its 20th year with hundreds of restaurants, breweries, and winemakers offering fixed-price menus, which can be viewed online at dineoutvancouver.com

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