Flavour of Chocolate Chef Sam Benedetto

We would like to welcome Chef Sam Benedetto back for another year of fun competition at this year’s Flavour of Chocolate event.

Sam Benedetto found his way to Victoria in 1995 after earning his cook’s Red Seal from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Subsequent years he has been fortunate enough to work in some of Victoria’s great restaurants with some of Victoria’s great chefs. Camille’s Restaurant, Sooke Harbour House and Zambia’s Restaurant to name a few. He was the head chef at the opening of Temple Restaurant before heading to London UK in 2004.

Sam returned to Victoria in 2008 and resumed cooking at Sooke Harbour House once more. In 2013 he opened his own restaurant, The Guild Freehouse to capture some of the lightening in the bottle that is exploding local craft beer industry. The cuisine was unapologetically British as a nod to his mother’s heritage. After selling The Guild, he has moved on to Royal Colwood Golf Club.

As the Executive Chef at Royal Colwood Golf Club, Sam gets to direct skilled chefs in an innovative kitchen where the Club’s members are informed diners and are excited about food. From large banquets to cooking for two in the clubhouse, Sam believes the ingredients and skills are as equally important in creating a successful experience.

Chef Sam’s Menu is as follows:

Duck and Chocolate Rillette with Smoked Duck Breast and White Chocolate Ganache

Chef Sam’s Spirit Pairing is with Tugwell Creek Meadery



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.


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