Vancouver World Chef Exchange | London

January 25
Annalena | 1809 West 1st Avenue



World Chef Exchange |  London
Presented by Aeroplan. Supported by Air Canada and The Westin Bayshore. Produced by Tourism Vancouver and AnnaLena
Annalena, 1809 West 1st Avenue

January 25


We are going global again! We've reached out to our friends in the culinary community and have invited them to Vancouver. Five of the world's culinary best will be in our city for a series of delicious collaborations with some of our own city's top talent.

Season two of the wildly successful Vancouver World Chef Exchange continues with this exceptional cross Atlantic pairing between Vancouver and London. Join us in welcoming Michelin Star Chef James Lowe of Lyle's London, for this extraordinary collaborative dinner hosted by Executive Chef Michael Robbins and the entire team at Annalena.

This multi-course feast will take inspiration from opposite ends of the Atlantic, blending elements of both Chefs' culinary talents, and fusing them together in a one-of-a-kind collaboration.
Modern Canadian meets modern British. Unadulterated flavours from seasonal ingredients.

The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan, is a project initiated and produced by Tourism Vancouver, and supported by Air Canada and the Westin Bayshore hotel. The exchange shares Vancouver's culinary story with the world, and brings the world's great restaurant cities closer together by sharing ideas, experiences and talents through collaborative dining experiences.

*All Inclusive - includes multi-course dinner, beverage pairings, tax, gratuity and ticketing fees.

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About Executive Chef/Owner Michael Robbins

Mike opened his first restaurant, AnnaLena in the spring of 2015. Named after his two grandmothers to honour the important role they played in encouraging his imagination and curiosity, AnnaLena quickly earned a reputation for its memorable cuisine, service and décor.

Within its first year, AnnaLena was included in enRoute Magazine as the sixth best new restaurant in the country and earned the Air Canada EnRoute People's Choice awards. It was also named number 43 in Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, and was included in the top 3 of Best New Restaurants in 2016 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards following a glowing review in 2015. Robbins also won best chef, and best new restaurant in the 2016 golden plates in the Georgia Straight.

A life-long Vancouverite, Mike continues to draw inspiration from his upbringing on the city's ethnically diverse East side while integrating these elements into the culinary education he earned from kitchens locally and abroad. Previously to opening AnnaLena, Mike was the executive chef of the Oakwood Canadian Bistro.

About Chef James Lowe

Chef James Lowe opened his first restaurant, Lyle's, in Shoreditch in April 2014. The food is British, produce-led and driven by a common-sense philosophy. He was previously head chef at St John Bread & Wine for four years and started the London based chef collective the Young Turks in 2011.

He draws inspiration from a network of farmers and fishermen that he has been working with over the last eight years. His desire is to show people, both at home and abroad, what's possible with British ingredients through his fresh approach.

Lyle's was voted 6th place at the Restaurant Magazine 50Best UK Restaurant Awards 2015 and won their first Michelin star in September 2015, eighteen months after opening.