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Getting to know - Mal

Updated: Aug 25, 2017

Where are you from? I grew up in Grand Forks, British Columbia - the land of rivers, rattlesnakes and Russians! Describe your first experience in the food and beverage industry: My first F&B job was working at the A&W in Grand Forks when I was 13 years old (my tastes have slightly evolved since then). It was so fun! Grand Forks is one of those towns that most British Columbians have "passed through", so we got to see all walks of life come through the doors. Also, I was 13 and there were heavily discounted milkshakes - it was a dream come true at that point in my life. I haven't left F&B since!

How did you end up with WC? I originally moved here with a group of friends I met at Mike Wiegele's HeliSki Resort in Blue River. Then I left and went to school for Resort and Hotel Management at Selkirk College in Nelson, British Columbia. After that, I returned because moving to a resort town just seemed like a natural step. Best decision I ever made!

What is your favourite dish on the WC menu (past or present)? My years are spent dreaming about when Christmas comes around and Chef Dustin starts making Sticky Toffee Pudding - the best I've ever had. From past menus, I was such a fan of our Roasted Butternut Squash Cannelloni.

What is your most memorable moment with WC? So many! But if I had to narrow it down, it would be the music festivals we've catered (Pemberton Festival and Squamish Festival). We've also had some pretty epic staff parties! Describe the most amazing meal you've ever eaten:

I'd have to say the most amazing meal I've ever had was at my best friend's wedding - there were so many courses of incredible homemade Russian food (borscht, pyrahi, galooptsi, vareniki, etc)! In Grand Forks we have a very strong Russian Doukhobor population (you'll have to google that one, too long to explain), so there's a ton of tasty Russian food over there! 

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