The leading chef from Calgary’s newest culinary hotspot is cooking for only the elite

More than 100 years after the start of the Great Saskatchewan, this city has long been steeped in history, offering a rich variety of experiences both outside and inside the home. Specifically in the Southern Chinese community, one of the city’s fastest-growing. Jinhee Lee is its most famous chef, having successfully launched The Barefoot Retreat and Smack Mellon restaurants, and worked at French and Japanese restaurant Nobu with Sirio Maccioni and Pierre Gagnaire, and former Four Seasons chef Thomas Keller, of the Bouchon Bakery and Bouchon Ranch Culinary school. Now she’s leading the White Pony Modern Asian Kitchen, by custom-catering for the members-only White Pony Club. Jinhee Lee is a frequent guest on the Food Network, Canada’s premier home cooking show.

What is your ideal winter day outside of Calgary?

Doing my spud-making at home on a really hot summer day and then going for a long walk with my dog outside.

What is your favourite restaurant on the continent?


Serving southwest regional and seasonal fine food prepared by Chef Sean Robertson, Paskambagis is a dining destination nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Paskambagis features all seasonal ingredients that are freshly prepared daily using spices, herbs and indigenous produce to create a new dining experience each night.

According to information provided by Gerry Gessler, Paskambagis’ chairman, the restaurant, at 1015 Paskambagis Trail, is known for fine dining and is very close to being closed to the public.

Quiet room, intimate dining room and commercial kitchen provide guests with a cuisine and style that is consistent from day to night. Hand-carved meats, fresh fish and vegetables, crafted breads and custards, seasonal fruit and seasonal liquids enhance any meal at Paskambagis. A private dining room, 732 seats, is the only space in Calgary to feature a five-star on-site restaurant.

Contact: 403-610-0060

Uniting the warm Canadian flavour with diverse local ingredients and best-sourced ingredients, Vancouver’s popular Mongolian-inspired WK Specialty Foods makes us the top spot to get your chops fired up. Whether you’re making a casual business lunch or “country and cowboys” style dinner, you won’t want to miss it.

New to Canada, this eatery offers a menu full of local, seasonal and distinctive ingredients. The menu travels from coast to coast and season to season using seasonal, local and innovative ingredients.

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