Toptable Group Chefs Rise to the Occasion


– Iconic Legacies Inspire New Opportunities –

Whistler, B.C. (October 5th, 2017) – With the much anticipated reopening of Whistler’s Il Caminetto in December, Toptable Group has a number of exciting changes in store. The quest to cultivate exceptional talent and perfect ‘the art of true hospitality’ has brought together an exceptional team for Whistler’s trio of destination restaurants and its event space.

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(L-R): James Walt, Quang Dang and Bobby Milheron

Executive Chef James Walt, who has been at the helm of the Araxi Restaurant kitchen since 1997, welcomes West Restaurant’s Executive Chef Quang Dang to the mountainside restaurant. Chef Quang, who’s an avid sports enthusiast and cycling fan, can’t wait to get behind the stoves to lead and work with the award-winning Araxi brigade and continue the proud tradition of inspiring the food and beverage scene at the resort. Always at the ready to lend a helping hand to Chef Quang and the Araxi kitchen he’s called home over these last twenty years, Chef Walt also steps up as Executive Chef for Il Caminetto while continuing to oversee the food program at Bar Oso with Chef Jorge Muñoz Santos.

“I’m thrilled to see Quang continue the storytelling for Araxi and The Cellar while celebrating the same farm-to-table ethos he practiced at West,” says Chef Walt. “He’s so dialed in with his vast network of local suppliers that it’s a win-win for both our guests and the brigade who have the privilege of working with such great products.”

Chef Quang will transition to the Araxi kitchen in mid October to allow Chef James to turn his attention to the opening of Il Caminetto. In tandem with this transition, former West kitchen alumni Bobby Milheron will take over for Chef Quang as West’s newly appointed Executive Chef. Chef Milheron transitions from his Senior Sous role at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar to once again make his home with the talented West brigade. Watch for exciting news to come with a room refresh and a change in the menu direction under Chef Milheron’s leadership.

“We didn’t have to move mountains when we approached Quang to consider the Araxi post,” says Toptable Group’s President Michael Doyle. “‘Have bike, will travel!’” has always been Quang’s credo and this opportunity checked all the boxes for the team. Don’t be surprised to find Quang picking the season’s best in a Pemberton field or foraging for mushrooms off a Squamish trail. On the West Restaurant front, we’re thrilled to have Bobby Milheron rejoin the Toptable family and see him take the reins and bring another style of cooking to the table.”

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#NEWS: Exciting changes at @AraxiRestaurant, @IlCaminettoWhis & @WestRestaurant.

One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has seven elegant yet approachable restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar and The Cellar by Araxi, Bar Oso, Il Caminetto (opening winter 2017), CinCin Ristorante, Blue Water Cafe, West Restaurant, and Thierry Cafe. More information can be found online at

Judy Ahola
Director of Communications
Toptable Group
604 836 8005