Chef Table Luncheon: Wildebeest
Culinary aficionados can get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of Wildebeest Chef Ian McHale’s classic-meets-contemporary culinary approach and decadent-yet-simple country cooking in this exclusive Chef’s Table Luncheon featuring a multi-course menu paired with a handpicked selection of wines by Wine Director Christina Hartigan. A true champion of Wildebeest’s farm-to-table ethos, McHale takes great pride in collaborating with local farmers, ranchers and providers to oversee the innovative nose-to-tail butchery program at the Gastown hotspot, where dishes are paired with a diverse list of Old- and New-World wines and an award-winning cocktail list. At Wildebeest, McHale takes full advantage of his gastronomical freedom to work with offal and other unique cuts of meat and spearheads the restaurant’s 100-per-cent in-house charcuterie program.
Chef Bio: IAN MCHALE | Executive Chef, Wildebeest
Ian McHale manages the day-to-day back-of-house operations at Wildebeest, fusing his straightforward, old-school approach with contemporary technique. A true champion of Wildebeest’s farm-to-table ethos, he takes great pride in collaborating with local farmers and butchers to run the Gastown hotspot’s innovative nose-to-tail culinary program. He relishes the gastronomical freedom he has to work with offal and other unique cuts of meat, and spearheads the restaurant’s 100-per cent in-house charcuterie program.
Born and raised in Maryland, McHale first developed a passion for hospitality in 2010 while working at Mia Carolina Glyndon, a small mom-and-pop Italian restaurant in his hometown. After culinary school, he relocated across the pond to complete a 16-month stint at the acclaimed five star Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. He later took on the role of Senior Chef De Partie at the Michelin-starred Chapter One Restaurant where he further honed his skills working in a fast-paced kitchen. His hands-on experience helped him place in the final five at the Euro-Touques Young Chef of the Year Competition, Ireland’s premier culinary contest for talented young chefs under 26.
In May 2016, McHale relocated to Vancouver to take on an ambitious new challenge as Sous Chef at Wildebeest and was soon promoted to Chef De Cuisine before rising to the role of Executive Chef beginning in 2018.
Room set-up/format: Set Menu. Each course paired with a beverage
Attire: “Whistler Casual” (anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a gown or suit goes!)
Location: Private Residence