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 Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... 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 Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.