We would like to welcome Chef David Roger to our Flavour of Chocolate Small Plate Competition. This is Chef David’s first time at Flavour of Chocolate.
Chef David Roger began his culinary career more than 30 years ago in Vancouver, BC and returned to Victoria in 2004 to open the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel. He apprenticed at the renowned five-star Pan Pacific Hotel’s award-winning Five Sails Dining Room, working with European Chefs dedicated to perfection in all aspects of dining. Later, he continued his career at Holyburn Country Club and the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina’s award winning Blue Crab Bar & Grill which has been rated as one of the top seafood restaurants on Vancouver Island.
At the Marriott, he headed up the culinary team, including signature restaurant, Fire & Water Fish and Chop House, as Executive Chef and helped place the hotel as the #1 Marriott in Canada after just over a year of operation. In 2013, Chef Roger was selected as the only Canadian Marriott Chef to head to their sister property in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to open their fine dining steak house. The launch was so successful that the Canadian ambassador himself wrote Roger a letter of commendation!
Chef David’s menu is as follows:
- Wild Sockeye Salmon Cured with Maple & Soy
- Smoked Onion & Goat Cheese Tartlet
- Saskatoon Berry Preserve
- Dark Chocolate & Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Bannock Crisps
Chef David’s Spirit Pairing is with Spinnaker’s Gastro Brewpub
Flavour of Chocolate is managed by the Westshore Soroptimist Society for Women & Families (WSSWF) to benefit Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore. WSSWF is a registered BC Society and is pending federal charitable status.