Meet the Chef: Katie Macbeth

Katie Macbeth hopes to get new ideas and push herself out of her comfort zone during the Culinary Apprentice of the Year competition.

Katie Macbeth has always been passionate about food. When she worked at a grocery store, she wanted to get involved in nutrition, but her focus soon changed to the culinary industry when she learned about the wealth of job opportunities.

After completing her Professional Cook Levels 1 and 2 at Vancouver Community College, Katie landed a job in Kelowna and finished her apprenticeship at Okanagan College. She earned her Red Seal ticket in early 2019. She’s now competing for the Culinary Apprentice of the Year Award on November 2.

“I’m very fortunate and privileged to work among great chefs, farmers, and winemakers,” said Katie, who currently works at Pennask Fishing Lodge. “A lot of things that I learned in cooking are relatable to my life in general, like patience, not assuming things, staying sharp, simplicity, and comradery.” 

Katie feels competitions allow chefs to grow their skills set in a short period of time. She hopes to improve her cooking skills, get new ideas, and push herself out of her comfort zone. 

“There’s a lot of support from other people for the betterment of the industry,” says Katie. “I’m going to practice, listen to people who know from experience, and be open to learning.”

Katie loves her job at Pennask Fishing Lodge and looks forward to a future working there. 

The Culinary Apprentice of the Year is sponsored by Chefs’ Table Society of BC, Vancouver Community College, and Industry Training Authority, along with BC Chefs Association, North Vancouver Island Chefs Association, Okanagan Chefs Association, and Victoria Chefs Association. Additional partners include Russell Hendrix, Intercity Packers, Gindara Sablefish, Cacao Barry, Cactus Club Cafe, Cascadia Tableware, Icon Fine Wines & Spirits, Chef & Co, and House of Knives.

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