The Capital Ukrainian Festival just got tastier with the inclusion of a special presentation on Ukrainian cuisine by award winning Chef Tim Wasylko. Getting to see a culinary master in action is a treat and those who attend the workshop will get to see Wasylko’s prepare some of the staples of Ukrainian food. He’ll be making varenyky (perogies), and borsch (beet soup).
Having been born and raised in a Ukrainian family, Wasylko brings his lifelong insight to the table along with many other delectables. As a youngster he’d help his mother and grandmother make perogies, something he looks back on as sparking a passion for food that continues today. Honing his craft by working in various restaurants and kitchens early on, he’d go on to study in Algonquin College’s Culinary Program before heading westward as Chef de Partie at the Canadian Pacific Château Whistler Resort.
From one mountain to another, Wasylko later moved to Mont-Tremblant to become the Executive Chef at the Château Beauvallon, a small inn he also managed with his wife. Back on the move, he now headed south to Toluca, Mexico utilizing his skills as Chef Instructor at the Escuela Culinaria Internacional. He’d return to Canada once again to teach and eventually become Chef to the Official Residence of the Prime Minister of Canada.
He calls this a highlight of his career.
“My favourite way to cook is to hit the market, farm stand or store and come straight to the kitchen. I really love to cook from the heart, for me food is attached to memories and emotions,” Wasylko once told WOW – That was Quebec!