1909 Kitchen at Tofino Resort + Marina Announces Tofino Eats Spring Series 

Executive Chef Terry Somerville will be collaborating with talented west coast chefs in four multi-course feasts 

Tofino-based 1909 Kitchen will host a spring installment of their Tofino Eats Guest Chef Series, running from late February to early May, 2021 in a flexible and safe format.  

An extension of 1909 Kitchen’s approachable and heart-driven take on dining, and designed to pay homage to the restaurant’s coastal roots and the vibrant flavours of the Pacific Northwest, the spring series will feature dinners co-hosted by four talented British Columbia chefs:  

  • February 27, 2021: Kristian Eligh, Executive Chef, Toptable Group, Victoria 
  • March 20, 2021: Joël Watanabe, Executive Chef and Co-owner of Kissa Tanto; and Executive Chef of Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, Vancouver 
  • April 17, 2021: Brian Tesolin and Chris Klassen, Co-Chefs de Cuisine at The Courtney Room, Victoria 
  • May 1, 2021: Chef Javier Blanc and Chef Shay Kelly, Paella Guys, Vancouver 

We are looking forward to welcoming these highly respected chefs to 1909 Kitchen through the spring months,” says Chef Terry Somerville, Executive Chef. “Building on the restaurant’s reputation for seasonal and hyper-local, ingredient-drive cuisine, together we will create memorable and unique experiences for diners, combining the best flavours that B.C. has to offer.” 

Each of the four dinners will include five courses: individual bites and appetizers will be created by Chef Somerville and the feature guest chef, followed by collaborative main courses and a dessert in partnership with 1909 Kitchen’s Executive Pastry Chef Kristine Morrow. The dinners will rigorously follow all health and safety rules and recommendations at the time to keep diners and staff safe, with innovative and thoughtful touches such as video dish presentations from the featured chefs.  


1909 Kitchen Executive Chef Terry Somerville & Executive Pastry Chef Kristine Morrow 

Kicking off the series on February 27, Vancouver Island-based Chef Kristian Eligh of Toptable Group will join 1909 Kitchen’s culinary team for a Pacific Northwest-inspired collaboration dinner. Chef Eligh’s career has taken him from stages at Michelin-starred kitchens including The French Laundry, to Culinary Director at Vancouver’s Hawksworth Restaurant, and now to Toptable Group as Executive Chef of an exciting Victoria project scheduled for opening later this year. Playing on the fresh, vibrant flavours Vancouver Island is known for, collaborative menu highlights include Spaghetti Alle Vongole with Salt Spring Island Manilla Clams and Braised Beef Shortrib with Red Kuri Squash, Nori Horseradish Gremolata. 

On March 20, Chef Joël Watanabe of Kissa Tanto and Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie will bring  elements of Japanese-Italian fusion cooking (Kissa Tanto) and Chinese-French fusion (Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie) to Tofino, for a delicious partnered menu that celebrates local ingredients and unique cooking techniques.  

April 17 sees Brian Tesolin and Chris Klassen, Co-Chefs de Cuisine of award-winning The Courtney Room, visiting Tofino. Both chefs are incredibly passionate about bringing Vancouver Island produce to the forefront of their menus in an elevated dining environment. Inspired by both his grandfather (award-winning urban farmer) and his father (avid and talented gardener), Chef Tesolin’s experience spans the country, with time spent at Hawksworth Restaurant and Langdon Hall Country House & Spa, while Chef Klassen’s love of classic techniques took him notable kitchens in France and England before arriving back in his hometown of Victoria, where his relationships with local farmers and foragers are paramount. 

To round off the series on May 1, Vancouver-based Paella Guys – Chef Javier Blanc and Chef Shay Kelly – will bring their larger-than-life paella pan to the patio at Tofino Resort + Marina for a colourful and fun evening of celebration. Putting a Tofitian spin on the authentic paella experience, the team looks forward to incorporating local ingredients from surrounding ocean, shoreline, and forests.  

At 1909 Kitchen, guests can expect to create memories at every meal, whether it’s a dish deeply connected to the coastal environment that surrounds the restaurant, or a new take on a nostalgic favourite cooked over flame in the restaurant’s Mugnaini wood oven. A relaxed and social dining environment plays into the seaside location, perched over the waters of the Tofino Inlet, part of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with 300 degree views of the surrounding islands, beaches and mountains.  

Reservations can be made through OpenTable, with the first dinner taking place on Saturday, February 27 at $85pp (plus tax / grat). More details on the Tofino Eats spring series of guest chef dinners will be announced over the coming months – be sure to keep an eye on @1909Kitchen and #TofinoEats for the latest updates and information. 

 Banner image credits: Leila Kwok  

Chefs image credit: Reuben Krabbe