A hall-of-fame chef in the Okanagan is leaving his position at Okanagan College to join one of the valley’s best-known culinary teams.
Chef Bernard Casavant, who has been OC’s culinary manager since 2014, has signed on as the director of operations at RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd., where he will oversee Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao’s portfolio of restaurants.
Butters and Surrao are best known for their Kelowna restaurants RauDZ and Micro, but the pair also runs Hester Creek’s Terrafina, and will soon open a downtown-Kelowna diner.
As RauDZ’s director of operations, Casavant says he plans to continue his devotion to furthering the Okanagan’s culinary reputation and building the farm-to-table movement
“Over the years I have admired the high level of professionalism and commitment to supporting local that 9the RauDZ) team has demonstrated,” says Casavant. “With my past experience and ongoing passion for our industry, I look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the company.”
In 1986, Casavant was one of the first chefs in Canada to earn Chef de Cuisine Certification. In 1991, he also became the first West-Coast-born-and-trained chef to represent Canada in the prestigious Bocuse D’Or Competition, in France.
Those accomplishments. and others, helped him earn a spot in the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame.
“I have worked with Bernard over the past 30 years in hotels, restaurants and on philanthropic projects,” says Surrao. “His depth of experience and culinary expertise is something I have come to trust and rely upon for my entire career. It is a true pleasure to have him join our team and work with Rod and I taking our company to the highest level.”
Casavant will officially join the RauDZ team March 19.
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