Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Edibles / Food Heroes Apr 19, 2011 Paprika Bistro’s Chef Anna Hunt SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestphoto credit: Eva CherneffFrom the minute you meet Chef Anna Hunt, you know she is no ordinary woman, and she certainly is no ordinary chef. I walk in through the back entrance for Paprika Bistro and am tantalized by the smell of something delicious. Chef Hunt greets me, shaking my hand with great enthusiasm. ”It smells great in here!” I say and Hunt replies “awesome, that is what we want!” If you didn’t know, Hunt is the executive chef at Paprika Bistro in Estevan Village and loving every minute of it!We grab a seat near the front of the restaurant and just as we start chatting, her brother Peter Hunt (Master Distiller for Victoria Gin) appears at the door, Hunt excuses herself to let her brother in. There is a great sense of excitement as she turns to me and says “we just bought our first house!” Her energy is infectious. Quickly we get back to chatting about food and Hunt’s background in the culinary field. With eight years of experience and originally trained as a pastry chef, Hunt did her formative training and cooking in Montreal and moved back to Victoria three years ago. Hunt is originally from Victoria; her family owns and operates Victoria Gin where Hunt is also the consulting Chef. She clearly has a strong sense of family that provides her with much of her inspiration.Hunt gives credit to George Szasz (former owner of Paprika Bistro) for teaching and mentoring her for her current position. I ask what her favourite thing about Victoria’s food scene is, “I really love the local food movement and the support we are able to give our local farms and business through our restaurants”, says Hunt.We browse through the menu and I ask her about certain dishes and where the inspiration comes from. The food is approachable with dishes like the smoked Port Alberni pork chop with bacon perogies and creamed kale, how could you go wrong and best of all the prices reasonable. Hunt maintains “I want people to feel that they can just drop in, sit down and enjoy great food; fine dining without pretension”. All in all, Hunt is charming, funny and truly loves what she does and wants to make a difference in the food community. Drop in next time you’re in Estevan Village, and I know you won’t be disappointed.To try one of Chef Hunt’s recipes at home, click here. Paprika Bistro 2524 Estevan Ave250.592.7424paprika-bistro.comFolksFood HeroesRestaurant NewsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Food News October 26, 2023 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale – November 24 & 25, 2023 For the ninth year in a row, Rancho Vignola is setting up its Vancouver Island Harvest Sale here at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Many of you ... Read More Recipes July 3, 2023 May|June Cover Recipe : Polenta Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote and Lemon Mascarpone Cream A creative take on traditional strawberry ... Read More Recipes March 6, 2023 March April Cover Recipe : Lemony Leek Cod Cakes The unpretentious and delicious fish cake gets an upgrade with chunks of fresh cod, tangy lemon zest, and creamy, sautéed ... Read More Main course / Recipes / Salad November 1, 2022 Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Steak Salad All the flavours of southeast Asia are contained in this colourful, crunchy, and protein-rich ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — A Memory of Lemon Pudding Sweet Endings September ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — Chocolate Custard Cake Sweet Endings September ... Read More Comments are closed.