Vancouver restaurateur David Hawksworth named NAIT's 2019 Chef in Residence

Vancouver restaurateur David Hawksworth named NAIT's 2019 Chef in Residence

Published on February 25, 2019

The acclaimed chef and entrepreneur will be at the polytechnic April 8 to 12

EDMONTON – David Hawksworth, the chef and owner of Vancouver restaurants Hawksworth, Nightingale and Bel Café will share his skills and advice with NAIT culinary students as the polytechnic’s 11th Hokanson Chef in Residence this April.

Hawksworth, 49, is a Vancouver native who spent a decade working in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe before returning to Canada. In 2008, he became the youngest chef ever inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.
In 2013, he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation, which runs an annual culinary competition for young chefs across Canada. The winner receives $10,000 and a chance to apprentice, or “stage” at a restaurant of his or her choice.

NAIT’s Hokanson Chef in Residence program provides students with a rare opportunity to learn firsthand from the best chefs in North America. The program was made possible by a generous donation from John and Susan Hokanson.
Past chefs in residence have included Rob Feenie in 2009, David Adjey in 2010, Susur Lee in 2011, Massimo Capra in 2012, Chris Cosentino in 2013, Lynn Crawford in 2014, Michael Stadtländer in 2015, Vikram Vij in 2016, Amanda Cohen in 2017 and Rod Butters in 2018.


  • Hawksworth Restaurant was named Restaurant of the Year in 2012 by both Vancouver Magazine and Maclean’s.
  • It has held the title of Best Upscale Dining in Vancouver Magazine every year since it opened in 2011.


David Hawksworth, 2019 Chef in Residence
“If I can share some ideas or talk about my experiences and that invigorates and inspires them to do great things, I’m all for that. I’m looking forward to cooking some food and having some fun.”

Perry Michetti, NAIT School of Skilled Trades
“We are ecstatic to have David join us as our 2019 Hokanson Chef in Residence. He is such a great teacher, ambassador and promoter of culinary education and entrepreneurship in Canada.”


David Hawksworth named NAIT’s 2019 Hokanson Chef in Residence
Hokanson Chef in Residence program

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 40,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta’s prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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