Chef Mark Filatow – Waterfront Wines – Gold Medal Plates
#goldmedalplates Chefs from across British Columbia will meet in Vancouver Friday November 16, 2012 at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships. The winner will move on to compete at the National Championships (Kelowna February 8/9, 2013) I sent them some questions prior to the challenge. Here’s the scoop on Chef Mark Filatow from Waterfront Restaurant and Wine Bar in Kelowna.
What was your first food memory?
The smell of my Mom’s soups simmering on the stove
What was in your elementary school lunch kit?
Rye Bread and Salami
Where did you first learn to cook?
Tweeds Gourmet Grill if “learn to cook” is a loose term
Did you attend culinary school – if so, where?
Dubrulle in Vancouver
Where has been your favourite place to work to date and why?
Diva at the Met because of the inspirational cooking team at the time
Who in the industry taught you the most?
Everyone that I have ever worked with has taught me something, even if it was from their mistakes.
What is your favourite ethnic cuisine?
Depends on the day
What ingredient(s) can’t you live without?
What are the most essential tools for cooking?
Knife and Fire
Do you have an unforgettable taste combination?
First Time I had a really good Crab Bisque with a Heavy Handed Chardonnay
What is your most prized possession?
Portable Spit Roaster
What basic recipe/s do you advise for cooking novices to learn as a starting point?
Hollandiase, Butter Sauces
What’s your go-to comfort food?
A roast Chicken, or Pizza
What’s your favourite cocktail?
Negroni, a Perfect Martini with Vodka
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
What’s your definition of a perfect meal?
Simple, Tasty and cooked by someone else
What do you always have on hand for last minute entertaining at home?
How do you unwind after service?
Music and Beer/wine
Favourite culinary destination?
If you weren’t a chef what career would you have pursued?
What do you do in your off time?
Spend Time with the Family, cooking, farming and playing
Where do you eat in your city when you are not working?
At home, because I spend so little time there and the wine cellar is close at hand
Why did you choose the particular wine/beer pairing for the dish you will cook at Gold Medal Plates?
We tasted flights and this one paired up the best with the flavours
What ingredients will be key?
All of them
Who will assist you on the big night?
Wayne Morris my Restaurant Chef
Who do you see as the toughest competitor this year?