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BC Chef Jesse McCleery Pilgrimme Restaurant on Galiano Island Heads to Canadian Culinary Championships.

Chef Interview Series – Chef Jesse McCleery

This week is the final for the Canadian Culinary Championships and we’re interviewing the chefs prior to their arrival in Kelowna. We caught up with Chef McCleery from Pilgrimme prior to his win in Victoria in November, so re-posting this one with a few pics from the BC Competition.

Chef McCleery Winning Dish GMP Victoria
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Chef Jesse McCleery Gold at GMP Victoria

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Chef’s dish – SQUASH, ONION, PEAR, BEEF HEART – Growing Chefs Fundraiser 2016

Tell us a little bit about your restaurant and/or style of cooking.

Pilgrimme is a small restaurant on Galiano Island with a focus on vegetables, Canadian grains and what grows wild on and around the island.

Where do you eat in your city?

When I head over to Vancouver I always try to get a bowl of ramen at motomachi and usually steer towards all the amazing Asian foods in town , one of the things I miss most about the city.

What would be your ideal food day? 

Guests willing to try new things.

What trend do you wish would die?

Food trends in general. We tend to over consume the latest trendy veg or whatever which in turn sees a lot of destruction in other countries when there is big money to be made supporting North Americas over consumption of latest said food trend. Everything in moderation!

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Chefs at Growing Chefs Fudraiser – Chef McCleery far left.

What trend/s do you wish would be next?

Conversation up and phones down at the table.

What ingredient do you always have on hand?

One type or another of a gulf island seaweed.

What’s your go-to recipe when you’re eating at home? 

Grilled cheese.


What equipment do you wish you had in your kitchen?

A rational.  (For those who don’t work in a pro kitchen – “A cooking appliance that senses, recognises, thinks with the user and ahead, learns and communicates with its user. The first appliance on the market that does not work according to pre-set programme.” – Food Stuff Africa).

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What cookbook would you suggest for a gift for your foodie friends this year?

A subscription to Fool magazine

What wine/beer/libation are you pairing with this year?

Seastar Vineyards Blanc de Noir from our neighbour Pender island

For more about pilgramme and Chef McCleery head to Food Day Canada for Anita Stewart’s brilliant write up – pilgrimme.

Galiano Wine Festival

The 2011 Galiano Wine Festival, an event to benefit the Health Care Society, will be held on Saturday, August 13,  2011 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Lions’ Park on Galiano Island.

Tickets are $35.00 and all proceeds go to the Galiano Health Care Society.

Tickets available for reservation at:  galianowinefestival@gmail.com

Watch this page for exciting updates, including wineries that will be attending!

Hope to see you all there!

Galiano Island’s Bodega Ridge partners with the Dirty Apron Cooking School

New menus at Gulf Island resort built by Chef of the Year Nico Schuermans

Visits to the idyllic Gulf Islands just got a lot tastier with a unique partnership between Galiano Island’s Bodega Ridge and Vancouver’s award-winning Dirty Apron Cooking School. Along with having a resident Chef from Dirty Apron onsite leading all food operations, Bodega Ridge’s menus have all been rebuilt and reimagined by Dirty Apron founder and 2011 Vancouver Chef of the Year Nico Schuermans with a focus on local ingredients from Galiano farmers.

Located on 22 acres of stunning coastal property, Bodega Ridge has established a reputation as a destination like no other for retreats, weddings and corporate events.

The Dirty Apron Cooking School and Deli offers much more than just classes and sandwiches. Their superb team also does a wide range of catering and special events which makes them an ideal match for Bodega Ridge’s numerous yoga retreats, corporate meetings, special events and weddings.

Chef Mook Sutton has been put in charge of executing the menus at Bodega Ridge and he brings a stellar resume and wide range of experience in kitchens in Toronto, New Zealand and Vancouver to the task. Having settled in Vancouver, this Auckland, NZ native worked at Cin CIn and the Wedgwood Hotel before helping to open Chambar, where he’s been a cornerstone ever since. The Chambar connection will also include the addition of Chambar Ale— Bodega owner Jesse Keefer’s favourite brew– to the taps in the Lodge

“Nico’s a really good friend of mine,” said Jesse. “I’ve had the chance to enjoy his food many times over the years and I’m proud to be able to offer it to my guests. This partnership is going to allow us to offer a world-class catering program built around local ingredients, some of which are grown on the Bodega grounds. All of our greens and edible flowers come from Galiano’s most establish and prolific farmer, Donna Marben and many other ingredients are sourced by our friends Roger and Lisa who live just 5 minutes away. Even our coffee is roasted on Galiano by the Galiano Coffee Roasting Company”.

Bodega Ridge made another major change in the off-season to improve food service, but this one was completed with shovels and trucks. The area adjacent to the lodge was levelled and landscaped to turn it into the primary al fresco dining option. Big enough to seat over 100 guests easily, the new dining area offers great views out over Trincomali Channel but being much closer to the kitchen and food prep areas will allow for more seamless, more responsive service.

Plans are in the works for special public culinary events at Bodega Ridge later in the season. These events will have a strong focus on seasonal and local ingredients from the Gulf Island. Follow Bodega Ridge on Facebook and Twitter for latest news.

About Bodega Ridge: Located on 22 acres gorgeous acres at the North end of Galiano Island, Bodega Ridge is a retreat and recreation destination in one of BC’s most idyllic spots. The seven cabins and main lodge look west onto Trincomali Channel and the adjacent Islands. Guests can head uphill to the spectacular hike along the ridge which gives the resort its name or downhill to any of three beach accesses within a kilometre. Guests who choose to stay on the resort grounds can enjoy the trail network, walk through orchards, go wildlife spotting or admire the garden of rock sculptures. Bodega Ridge is open year-round and can be found on the web at www.bodegaridge.com.