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Executive Chef Profile & Recipe EXECUTIVE CHEF DARREN BROWN Homegrown and internationally travelled chef Darren Brown arrives at Fairmont Pacific Rim as Executive Chef. Food and family have always been woven into the fabric of Darren Brown’s life. Born in Coquitlam, British Columbia, he remembers being a part of the family kitchen brigade from a young age, when setting the Christmas table for 75 was an annual event. During summers on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, he learned all about eating from the land and sea; picnic tables would be loaded with fresh prawns and salmon caught the same morning. Darren’s first “official” kitchen duty began in the ’90s, working with Chef Deb Connors at Horizons. She was his first professional mentor and shared with him her passion for West Coast cuisine. At CinCin next, Darren worked seven days a week – as Pastry Chef by day and Line Cook by night…

From the moment you open the bag the first sniff grabs you with its heavenly aroma. Warm, rich, deep flavor presents on the nose. Making the coffee, the flavors with the heat of the water intensify and fill the room with the taste pleasure that awaits. Lift the cup to your lips, that first incredible sip, and you are instantly smitten! Elite Coffee for Connoisseurs When a coffee makes you weak in the knees, you know its a great one. Ospina Premier Grand Cru is that coffee. The taste is out of this world and unlike any coffee we’ve ever experienced. The flavor opens up on the palate like a fine wine and begs to be sipped and savored like one as well. From a family owned coffee growing business since the 1800’s, this is a must try coffee for coffee lovers and connoisseurs alike. Historical Coffee Makers The story…

There is a sense of romance, that gourmet touch, and something sophisticated about adding edible flowers in your food; cooking or garnishing with flowers adds that ‘je ne sais quoi’ to a meal. Flowers used in food dates back thousands of years and was first recorded in 140 B.C. Many cultures use edible flowers in dishes. There are many food items and beverages that use edible flowers in their recipes, including the popular green liqueur started in 17th century France: Chartreuse; Carnation petals is one of the secret ingredients! Where to Get Edible Flowers Edible flowers can be purchased dry or fresh. Dried edible flowers are found no further than your tea merchant. Fresh flowers can often be found in farm markets or gourmet food stores (call your local gourmet shop and they can usually bring them in for you if you ask!) Always be sure the flowers were designated…