2019 Hall of Fame Inductees from the Island Announced Today
The BC Restaurant and Food Services Association today announces the Vancouver Island inductees into the 2019 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. The two consummate professionals who have earned the province’s highest honour for hospitality professionals are Ronald St. Pierre of Locals Restaurant (Comox Valley) and Gary Hynes of Eat Magazine (Victoria).
Ronald St. Pierre, owner/chef of Locals Restaurant, is being honoured as a Local Champion. St. Pierre’s commitment to local is proudly displayed on his seasonal menus, his wine list and in his supplier relationships. With this award, we are celebrating his steadfast belief that locally sourced food tastes better, lasts longer, has an economic benefit and provides for a unique customer experience. “Ronald’s leadership in provided a local food and beverage experience that can be measured in blocks and miles to the plate makes us proud to recognize his constant pursuit of excellence and passion,” says BCRFA President and CEO Ian Tostenson. “His hard work connects us with the bounty of our province and that makes us all proud British Columbians.”
Gary Hynes is being post-humously inducted as a Friend of the Industry. As editor and publisher of EAT Magazine for 19 years, Gary worked to tell the stories of the people in front of and behind the plate. He liked to bring out the best in people and to inspire others in British Columbia to eat well and to celebrate the bounty of our province through the lens of the restaurants, farmers and producers. A passionate cook and writer, Gary owned and ran an award winning inn and restaurant before he moved to the Island. He knew every aspect of the restaurant trade.
“We are recognizing Gary because he did what he loved and he inspired countless others to excel in their craft and to bring the best to the table,” says Hall of Fame chairperson Bob Parrotta of Butchart Gardens. “Gary’s contribution to our industry is measured in EAT’s amazing following and his ability to profile others above himself. He is missed by foodies on the Island and around the province.”
This year’s Island inductees are amazing people who share their passion and pass along their love of food and hospitality freely.
Early bird tickets are now available for purchase online or by phone: 604-669-2239