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Savour Chef of the Month-Tyler Groenesteyn
Codfathers Seafood Market’s Chef Tyler Groenesteyn
SA: What inspires you?
TG: Learning something new and building on it! Working here at Codfather’s has been a totally new experience for me. When I started working here it was a new thing for me to be more interactive with customers. In my previous positions, I’ve always been tucked away in the kitchen. What I can tell you is that I smile a lot more now!
SA: What do you love to cook the most?
TG: I enjoy making preserves, all kinds! It a great way to hold on to the flavours and colors of the season. Canning is a great way for me to spend time with my family too. Being able to enjoy the juiciness of a peach in January is just so fun and rewarding!
SA: What style or type of cuisine intrigues you. What style are you drawn to, Asian, Italian etc. why?
TG: Mediterranean or tapas style cooking and dining are a favorite, for the way it can bring people together.
SA: What is your previous cooking experience?
TG: I opened Sal’s grill some years ago, which gave me some valuable tools as a chef and good experience in terms of what to do and what not to do! I was working at Hanna’s before I moved over to Codfather’s to take over in the new role as chef.
SA: Where did you receive your culinary training?
TG: At TRU in Kamloops
SA: What kind of chef do you consider yourself? Laid back, intimidating etc. Are you a Gordon Ramsey?
TG: No! But I do take my job very seriously. I consider myself laid back in terms of dealing with the customers and the people I work with. I try to maintain a work/ life balance.
SA: What do you do to unwind after the hectic night? weekend? event? and the summer season in the Okanagan.
TG: My wife and I enjoy dining out, we’ll go to our favorite hangouts as often as we can to keep up on the pulse of the local food scene. We go to Vancouver a couple times a year to check out what’s happening there and what’s hot in the industry. I also love to play the guitar, drums, harmonica and even a little ukulele.
It’s a good way for me to connect with my son, Leon, who also plays the drums and ukulele.
SA: What are your favorite Hometown hangouts?
Favorite place : Waterfront Wines
Favorite sushi: Mabui
I also really enjoy Latin Fiesta in Rutland!
SA: If you had to cook a nice meal in 30 minutes, what would you cook?
TG: Easy Med or Italian with a variety of small plates, quick, easy and delicious!
SA: What is the longest you ever worked without a break in the kitchen?
TG: 30 hours at the opening of Sal’s steak house…
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