Anatomy of a Dine Out Event – The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan

World Chef Exchange Logo (with Aeroplan)Pairing the world’s most creative culinary talents with Vancouver’s own is no small feat. But that’s the intention of The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan and supported by Air Canada and the Westin Bayshore hotel.

The premise is simple: team up international with Vancouver chefs to craft a series of powerhouse feasts. Fuse global flavours and regional ingredients. Bring world leading chefs and food hubs closer together. Create once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences.

Months in the making, each year’s program includes five chefs from all corners of the world who step into their Vancouver partner chefs’ kitchen to cook up a storm during their Dine Out Vancouver Festival collaboration every January.  Later, the exchange takes place in the guest chef’s home city.

Sometimes the chefs are already friends. And if not, they soon will be. But festival organizers certainly rely on our relationships and those between our Vancouver chefs and their colleagues to make this all happen. 

The spirit of the Vancouver World Chef Exchange is one of collaboration. It’s part of a broader Tourism Vancouver effort to share Vancouver’s culinary brand around the world. It is an exchange of ideas, experiences and ultimately the development of a community of relationships between Vancouver and international chefs and the cities they come from.

Since 2016, we’ve invited chefs from around the world including Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, New York City, Copenhagen, Sydney, San Francisco, Boston, London, Galway and Mexico City, Tokyo, Beijing, Bangkok, Nashville and Indigenous Chefs from Western Canada.

We toured around the city with a few of them and shared Vancouver’s culinary highlights. Here are our stories.


Boston - London - Mexico City - Galway - San Francisco


Los Angeles - Copenhagen - Puerto Vallarta - Sydney - New York

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