Two hospitality leaders from the Okanagan will be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame this fall for their dedication to the food and restaurant industry.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery owner Stephen Cipes and South Okanagan restaurateur Manuel Ferreira will be the only local inductees included in the class of 2019. They will join industry leaders from the Okanagan previously in the Hall of Fame, including Chef Rod Butters of RauDZ Restaurant Group, Franco Coccaro from La Bussola, and Sandra Oldfield of Elysian Projects.
“Manny and Stephen make us proud to recognize their excellence, professionalism and determination through induction into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame,” says Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA). “The restaurant industry is something that must always change and grow. I am honoured to celebrate leaders like these, who specialize in training the next generation, who pass on their passion through their pride and hard work and who so strongly connect with the bounty of our province.”
Cipes first came to the Okanagan in 1986, when the wine industry was still in very early development. The BCRFA says he is being recognized for his leadership as an advocate of the land and for bringing sustainable wines and flavours to restaurant tables.
Ferreira is the proprietor of Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek and the former owner of Le Gavroche in Vancouver. He is being recognized for his commitment to staff training and ensuring the highest quality dining experience for his guests.
The Hall of Fame event is open to all restaurant and foodservice professionals and will take place on October 7 in Vancouver.
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