CinCin appoints Todd Howard as Executive Chef

Todd Howard appointed Executive Chef of CinCin Ristorante

Vancouver, B.C. — Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Howard to Executive Chef of CinCin Ristorante, effective immediately.

“Todd has led the kitchen team at CinCin with great dedication for the past nine months as Chef de Cuisine,” Evrensel said, “and his prodigious culinary talents have not gone unnoticed by our guests.”

Howard’s resume saw him earn top marks at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Culinary School before landing at two leading Calgary restaurants. But it was a two-year posting in London that saw him grow into his potential. In 2004, Todd joined Angela Hartnett’s Menu at The Connaught Hotel, a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, while also performing stages at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and London’s iconic Le Gavroche. In 2006, Todd returned to Canada to join CinCin’s sister restaurant West, and then as head chef he opened Watermark Restaurant in the British Virgin Islands.

“Todd has developed new dishes, and updated classics that really speak elegantly to our wood-fired menu,” said Restaurant Director Ricardo Ferreira.

As just one example, and with the help of a new Bottene ‘Bigolaro’ pasta extruder, CinCin exclusively uses durum semolina, much lighter than conventional flour, for its house-made pastas. “We’re making fresh tagliatelle, pappardelle, capellini and rigatoni daily,” said Todd, “and working with whole wheat, vegetable, and gluten free pasta varieties, all cooked à la minute.”

Chef Howard’s winter menus also extol the value of patience. “Our slow-cooked braises, such as osso buco, short ribs, veal breast and rabbit are just the right antidote to the cold weather,” he said.

Open for Lunch during the Holiday Season

Along with our sister restaurants, Blue Water Cafe, West and Araxi, CinCin is now open for lunch during the holiday season. Exceptional menus, unparalleled service and inviting settings offer all the key ingredients for a memorable afternoon.

December 1st – 23rd
Monday – Friday
604 688 7338
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Blue Water Cafe
December 8th – 23rd
Monday – Friday
604 688 8078
make a reservation

Monday – Saturday
604 738 8938
make a reservation

December 15th – January 2nd
604 932 4540
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The Perfect Gift

Available in a variety of denominations, Top Table gift certificates are easily ordered online and delivered to you or directly to the gift recipient.

For anyone on your holiday shopping list, our three award-winning cookbooks are available for purchase at any Top Table restaurant or at fine booksellers, includingBarbara-jo’s Books to Cooks.

Located in the heart of Robson’s fashionable shopping district, CinCin Ristorante presents Italian-inspired dishes from the heritage wood-fired kitchen. Dinner served nightly from 5pm until 11pm and late menu until midnight. Open for lunch during the holiday season from December 1st – 23rd. 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada. For reservations, call 604 688 7338 or visit