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Chef Instructor Spotlight - Patrice Suhner

posted on April 20, 2010

Chef:   Patrice Suhner
Born:  Paris, France
Program:  Culinary Arts    
Years of Experience: 45 years


“I enjoy the experience of sharing the art of cooking and teaching students my knowledge of what has been the love of my life—fine cuisine. I take delight in watching them grow, develop and gain confidence. The students will leave our Culinary Arts program ready to make a successful career.”

• Born and raised in Paris, France. Chef Patrice studied at the prestigious L’Ecole Hoteliere et Cuisine Professionelle de Paris.

• He spent a number of years applying his education at three of the most reputable establishments: Maxim’s in Paris, France, The Savoy in London, England as well as Hotel Le Central, Switzerland.

• Moving to Vancouver he has led the kitchens as Executive Chef at La Cote d’Azure, Brasserie de l’Horlage, and Window on the Bay at The Coast Plaza at Stanley Park.

• He spent 12 years as the Owner/Executive Chef of the renowned Café de Paris in Vancouver, before transitioning to education. In December 1996 Chef Patrice joined our Institute.

What inspired you to get into the food industry?

I grew up surrounded by Pastry and Baking Chefs (family business) and decided to go on a different route.  I enrolled in the School of Restauration and Hotellerie in Paris

What do you enjoy most about being a chef?

To be in control and charge of a kitchen; especially by a creative and endless form of an art.

What made you decide to become a Chef Instructor?

After doing everything in the food industry, including having great success in my own restaurant, it was time to share my dedication, which I have done for the last 15 years.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

To pass all my knowledge and experience to the future generations of Chefs!