Written By Guest Writer Chefs / Folks / Reporter May 28, 2013 Lee Humphries Named Executive Chef At Local Lounge • Grille SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSUMMERLAND, BC – May 28, 2013 – Local Lounge • Grille continues their “eat local, drink local, be local” approach to gastronomy, welcoming former Vancouver based celebrated Chef, Lee Humphries as their new Executive Chef.Originally from southern England, Lee has spent his lifetime in the food trade. His epicurean journey began at a young age on the family farm in Cornwall. A natural attraction to the culinary trade saw him cooking his way into some of the finest restaurants in London; including Michelin rated, luxury Westbury Mayfair Hotel on Bond Street.Arriving in British Columbia over a decade ago, his West Coast experience spans from fine dining to approachable — starting as sous chef under David Hawksworth at West – to Executive Chef at FigMint, Opus Hotel’s Elixir, and the Heather Hospitality Group; where he indulged his appreciation for rustic, but refined fare along with craft microbrews and fine wine. Most recently, he was the Executive Chef of Vancouver’s foremost seafood restaurant – C. He wholeheartedly embraced their Ocean Wise philosophy of sourcing responsibly harvested and sustainable seafood.With almost 20 years of hospitality experience in prestigious London and Vancouver restaurants, he is a strong advocate of “Farm to Fork” cuisine. His authentic culinary style is based on the integrity of ingredients that is seasonally inspired, sustainably raised and locally grown using the best local ingredients available.“I want food we serve to be authentic yet sophisticated, with an emphasis on the bounty sourced from nearby farmers. Food should simply taste like it’s supposed to. That’s why Local Lounge • Grille is such a perfect fit as they’re all about taste,” said Chef Lee Humphries. “As a chef, the Okanagan is Nirvana. It’s an extraordinary community of sustainably minded farmers, truly handcrafted microbrews, boutique wineries, all in a breathtakingly beautiful Valley that has a laid back approach to life. It truly is farm to fork. Here Local is not just a name, but a way of living.”“We’re thrilled to have Chef Humphries lead our culinary team. As an active member of the Chefs’ Table Society, his like-minded philosophy for feeding the body and soul fits with our belief that Local is about being in the moment, and experiencing the best with loved ones,” said Christa-Lee McWatters Bond, co-founder, Local Lounge • Grille. “Lee’s impeccable culinary pedigree furthers our desire for guests to come here and savour a dining experience that food lover’s dream of. You really get our ‘sense of place’, with the picture postcard lakeside ambience, innovative Okanagan cuisine, and stellar service that we’ve strived to deliver since our nearly opening four years ago.” ChefsOkanagan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Chefs / Destinations / Epicure at Large / Food People / Travel August 1, 2019 Letters From Lyon August 2019 Cher Eat, I have been wondering a lot lately about how Lyon gained such a recognisable status in gastronomy. Sure, yes there are plenty of ... Read More Chefs / Food Events / Food Pairings / Wine Events August 1, 2019 On This Harvest Moon – Celebrate with Averill Creek On This Harvest Moon’ – September 14th, 6pm Celebrating the Cowichan Valley’s autumn bounty with local farmers, Averill Creek wines, ... Read More Chefs / Restaurants / Review July 29, 2019 Wildness: Ode To Newfoundland and Labrador A decade ago, when my wife and I were driving around Newfoundland, we met and befriended one of then-premier Danny Williams’ speechwriters. She ... Read More Chefs / Food Events / Food Pairings / Restaurants / Review July 29, 2019 Creatives Collaborate – Veneto’s Chef Jamie Huynh and Toptable’s Chef Kristian Eligh Creatives Collaborate—at first glance, the title suggested storytelling, workshops and artistic endeavours. A hotbed of artful storytelling in ... Read More Comments are closed.