The city's 125-year-old members-only Vancouver Club is getting a jolt of something new, at least in the kitchen. Vancouver star chef Ned Bell has joined the team as the Executive Director of Culinary.
Bell, who is probably best known for his passion for cooking with sustainable seafood--and the accompanying advocacy--is also the head culinary mind of the Vancouver-based national Ocean Wise organization, headquartered at the Vancouver Aquarium.
At the Vancouver Club, Bell will apply his skills and talents to their practice of serving modern takes on regional cuisine. Bell will be building on the Club's commitment to serving fresh, local, organic, and ethically-raised products, including seafood (of course), as well as produce from the Club's Rooftop Garden.
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Now, to get a taste of what Bell will be behind, you'll have to be a member or the guest of a member. The dining options are plentiful at the Club, however; they offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks/snacks in a number of venues and iterations (the House Rules breaks it down), and there is a dress code.
The Vancouver Club's General Manager, Phillip Ireland, says of Bell in a media release: "Ned's got great ideas, incredible energy and a playful, purposeful focus on making a difference one bite at a time. He well represents our values and aspirations for Club members to enjoy meaningful culinary interactions."
Playfulness is actually something the Club has been known for in their food department, like past experiments with offering liquid nitrogen ice cream (before it became--and went as--a trend).
Though he might be known for playing, Bell also works pretty damn hard in his career and at home. In addition to Ocean Wise, and having released a seafood cookbook, Lure, last fall, the dad of three sons is also the founder of Chefs for Oceans, and this summer was Chef Ambassador for WESTCOAST Sightseeing's Dinner in the Sky Canada.
The Vancouver Club is located at 915 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.