Chef Karen Barnaby – Food Talks Vancouver Volume 8

This evening was organized by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster.

Speaker shown in this video is:

Chef Karen Barnaby, Author, Chef. Past Executive Chef The Fish House in Stanley Park

Here is Karen’s bio, courtesy of

Karen Barnaby started cooking at the age of eight and has not been able to stop. Her professional career started twelve years later on a pink, four-burner electric stove in the basement of The Bohemian CafĂ© in Ottawa where she baked carrot cakes, cheesecakes, quiches and other culinary marvels of the late 1970’s.

Karen has lived and worked in Toronto at The Rivoli and the David Wood Food Shop, and in Mexico as a private chef. Vancouver has been her home since 1991 where she has held the position of Executive Chef at the Raintree Restaurant and the Fish House in Stanley Park. Her current role is as Chef of Product and Business Development for Albion Fisheries, Intercity Packers, and Fresh Start Foods under the Gordon Food Service umbrella.

With her no-nonsense and approachable style, Karen is a well-respected cooking teacher, speaker and inspirational role model. She is the only female chef to be honored with the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Back of the House Award for Excellence and has received a Minerva Award for Community Leadership.

Karen has written and edited award-winning cookbooks, contributed recipes to numerous publications and writes a popular column for the Vancouver Sun.

As a volunteer, she has edited the Helping Hands Cookbook, written to support Vancouver’s Community Kitchens Project, sat on the board of The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and was the Scholarship Director and past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier Vancouver Chapter. Karen looks after her neighborhood first and lends her skills to various services in the DTES.

Food Talks is an evening of expert speakers from the Vancouver Food community.

To hear more speakers from Food Talks please visit

Food Talks Volume 8 was held in Vancouver BC Canada on June 11th 2013.

Presented by Richard Wolak,

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Videography by Geoff Peters of Birds in the House Productions

Filmed at the Westin Grand, 433 Robson Street, Vancouver BC Canada

Closing music by Laundryman used with permission.

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