Members of Vancouver’s food and health communities are mourning the loss of Nathan Fong.
Fong was a beloved chef, food stylist, writer, broadcaster, and fundraiser.
In 1998, he received the inaugural IACP/Julia Child Award of Excellence for food styling. White Spot was one of his many long-time clients. Fong won a silver medal for the 2009 Food Network Challenge in the Superstar Foodstylist Competition.
In 2006, Fong was nominated for a Gemini Award (Humanitarian) for his dedicated work with the Dr. Peter Centre, the Vancouver hospice for people living with HIV and AIDS. A year later, he received the BCPWA/ Positive Living Society’s AccolAIDS Philanthropy Award.
Fong was the founder and co-chair of Scotiabank Passions, the signature fundraising gala of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. He remained an honourary patron of the foundation.
A chef for the Government of BC, Fong made numerous television appearances, including spots on NBC’s The Today Show during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
His own weekly radio show was called Fong on Food.
Friends and colleagues remember him as a kind-hearted, warm, compassionate soul with a spark for life and as a genuine, loyal friend.
His family has asked for time to mourn in private.