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Whistler B.C. February 12, 2020 – Derek Bendig, Executive Sous Chef at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, has received his fourth Gold Good Food Innovation Award for his Food Day Canada menu – a highlight from the annual event which took place on August 6, 2019. The award recognizes Canadian culinary talent with a passion for creativity, sustainability, and innovative menus inspired by Canadian ingredients.

Bendig turned to Whistler’s backyard for inspiration for his 2019 Food Day Canada menu. Albeit, he did not need to go far. With the exception of proteins, every ingredient was sourced from the Whistler Farmer’s Market which runs every Sunday from May to September on the sidewalks parallel to the hotel. Market vendors bring the freshest produce and ingredients from the Pemberton/Sea to Sky area. Guests at the Food day Canada dinner were also treated to a portfolio of wines from Penticton’s Roche Wines, a winery dedicated to natural, artisanal farming and winemaking.

Food and wine connoisseurs will recognize Chef Bendig’s name from his appearance at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Bendig earned the right to represent Canada there after being award another gold medal from Food Day Canada’s 2016 event.

Food Day Canada will take place on August 1,, 2020 with more details from Fairmont Chateau Whistler to follow.


About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, authentic experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, grand public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and celebrated bars and lounges, Fairmont promises a special brand of thoughtful luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont also takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

For further information contact:
Lindsay Magrane
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
T +1 604 967 1452

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