Chef in Residence 2018
NAIT is proud to welcome Chef Rod Butters as the 2018 Hokanson Chef in Residence.
Butters, the owner of 3 restaurants in Kelowna, B.C., has been instrumental in promoting the growth of culinary tourism in the Okanagan for the past 16 years. His philosophy of “support local, buy local, eat and drink local” is pervasive in all his restaurants, and Butters is considered a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement.
He has trained at some of the world’s leading restaurants and hotels, including the Four Seasons in Toronto and Vancouver, Scaramouche in Toronto and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort. Butters helped open the world-famous Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino as chef de cuisine at The Pointe Restaurant in 1996. His innovative cuisine and high service standards helped the restaurant attain the internationally recognized Relais & Chateaux designation.
After a year-long journey around the world in 2000, Butters returned to B.C. and opened Fresco Restaurant in Kelowna. In 2007, he was inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Butters is a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation and past-president and chairman of the Okanagan Chefs Association. He was named an Honorary Fellow by Okanagan College in 2015.
Last summer, Butters released his first cookbook, The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking. His new Kelowna restaurant, Sunny’s, a modern diner, is scheduled to open this spring.