Sep 27, 2012

Today, we feature another big name coming to this fall’s Vancouver Home + Design Show and folks, this one hardly needs an introduction. After all, as both a local and internationally renowned cooking star, Chef Rob Feenie is no stranger to most Vancouverites.

Born and raised in Burnaby, Rob’s culinary success has made him one of the most recognized and respected names in the restaurant industry. In 2005, he shot to international fame when he defeated Chef Masaharu Morimoto to become the first Canadian winner of popular television show Iron Chef America. In addition to leading the culinary team at Cactus Club Café in the creation of simple, globally inspired cuisine that utilizes fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, Rob also recently penned his third cookbook, Casual Classics: Everyday Recipes For Family and Friends, now available in bookstores everywhere (be sure to snag a signed copy at the show – keep reading for more on that!).

Catch Rob Feenie on the Savour Your Life Cooking Stage this October where he will be cooking up casual classics that are sure to make any dinner party a hit. Rob will also be hosting the Savour Thursday Dessert Duel on Thursday, October 11 (6PM) and signing copies of his new cookbook right afterwards.

Read on for an inside look on what keeps this culinary genius inspired and motivated in both his personal and professional life, as well as details on how you can win a $500 dining experience for you and your friends at Cactus Club Café!


Name: Rob Feenie

Occupation: Chef

Horoscope sign: Pisces

Hometown: Burnaby, BC

What was your first job? Selling scones at PNE food court.

How were you discovered? Working with Michel Jacob at Le Crocodile.

Most memorable career moment to date: Cooking for Bono and Edge (from U2) privately.

What famous figure(s) inspires your career? Charlie Trotter, Jean George Vongerichten and Michel Jacob

If you weren’t in your current occupation, what would be your dream job? Pro golfer!

Describe your cooking style in five words or less: Simple, uncomplicated yet refined

What cooking trend or item are you dying to try/coveting for fall? Pizzas

Home gadget you can’t live without: Cutting board

What movie or program is at the top of your Netflix queue? The Hangover 1 or 2 or Modern Family

What songs are on repeat on your iPod? The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’

Name the fictional character with whom you most closely identify: James Bond

What’s on your Kobo reader/iBook right now? Steve Jobs’ biography

Name one natural talent you wish you had: Winemaking. An artform!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Believe in yourself and you can do anything.

What’s your personal mantra? Perfection is impossible but excellence isn’t.


Thanks to Rob and the team at Cactus Club Café, we’re giving away a $100 gift card to Cactus Club! To enter, simply do the following TWO things (both of ‘em!)

1. Follow us on Twitter at @VanHomeShow

2. Tweet the following message: Hey @VanHomeShows @CactusClubCafe, I can’t wait to meet Rob Feenie at his book signing on Oct. 11 at 7pm at @bcplace! #VHDS12