Araxi – James Walt Returns to Stratford Chefs School as Celebrity Chef

Whistler, B.C. – Eighteen years after his graduation, Araxi executive chef James Walt will soon return to Ontario’s Stratford Chefs School, one of Canada’s foremost culinary institutes.Celebrated by his alma mater as a visiting ‘celebrity chef’, James has designed a multi-course menu to represent his signature regional cuisine based on British Columbia’s finest ingredients–Pemberton Meadows beef, Qualicum Beach scallops, Albacore tuna and Agassiz hazelnuts, to name a few.

Over two sold-out dinners on February 9th and 10th, chef Walt will offer insight gained from his impressive culinary career spanning British Columbia’s leading restaurants and his appointment as executive chef to The Canadian Embassy in Rome.

As an integral component of the Chefs School’s curriculum, noted chefs are regularly invited to participate in the ‘Celebrity Chefs Program’ for Level 2 apprentices.

Chef Walt commented, “My career has greatly benefited from working alongside some very talented chefs in real life environments. This is an opportunity for me to give back as a mentor.”

In keeping with this philosophy, James was recently appointed to the board of the Chefs Table Society of British Columbia, which assists the training of apprentices and emergent chefs across the province. In addition to authoring Araxi’s forthcoming cookbook, he is also a contributor to Vancouver Cooks 2.0. Both cookbooks will be published this autumn by Douglas & McIntyre.

Voted ‘Best Restaurant in Whistler’ for an unprecedented nine consecutive years, Araxi holds an international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. 4222 Village Square, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. 604 932 4540,


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