A native Vancouverite, David Hawksworth spent a decade honing his talents in Europe while working in Michelin-starred kitchens, including Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, L’Escargot and The Square. Upon his return to Vancouver in 2000, Hawksworth quickly emerged as one of Canada’s leading culinary talents. Here, he discloses where he goes for an after-work cocktail and a favourite spot to spend an afternoon with his wife and son.
Eight years later he was named to Western Living Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” and became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. At his eponymous restaurant, Hawksworth deliver contemporary Canadian cuisine focusing on the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Here, he gives us his view on the perfect Vancouver day.
- Landmark with a View // The Lions Gate Bridge. I love driving from Vancouver and seeing the view of the North Shore from the bridge. Interesting fact: It was built by the Guinness family [of the Irish beer fame].
- Uncrowded Coastline // Jericho Beach. The beach stretches for miles on end, it’s not crowded with people and it’s located in a beautiful part of Vancouver. I like to spend the afternoon there with my family. North side of Jericho Park at the west end of Point Grey Road, in the Point Grey neighborhood.
- Artsy Cocktails // L’Abattoir. The bar at L’Abattoir, located in the center of Gastown, is a great place to visit. I like the exposed brick and beam look, which is a signature of the city’s oldest neighborhood. L’Abattoir usually attracts an artistic and stylish crowd. The cocktail list is innovative and interesting. 217 Carrall St., labattoir.ca
- Quick Bite // Gyoza King. On my days off I usually go to Asian restaurants. Gyoza King on Robson Street serves delicious, authentic Japanese izakaya food. 1508 Robson St., gyokingroup.com
- Cookery Books // Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. My favorite bookstore, located in the Armoury District. It’s unique and offers a great selection of cookbooks and wine books for everyone, including foodies, professionals and home cooks. 1740 W. 2nd Ave., bookstocooks.com