Toptable Group To Publish Two New Cookbooks


Toptable Group To Publish Two New Cookbooks
– Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant and Vancouver’s CinCin Ristorante Star in Colourful, Recipe-Laden Publications –

Vancouver, BC (February 24th, 2016) – Based on the bestselling successes of previous Toptable Group cookbooks, the group will publish two new culinary opuses later this year. Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar Executive Chef James Walt’s much-anticipated second cookbook – due to hit stores in August – is Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes. This will be followed in October by Executive Chef Andrew Richardson’s first book, a celebration of wood-fired Italian cuisine from the celebrated CinCin Ristorante. Both books will be published by Vancouver’s Figure 1 Publishing.

chefjames“Our chefs and restaurant teams have an international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality, and they draw visitors from around the world,” states Toptable Group President Michael Doyle. “Now guests can re-create their favorite dishes at home with recipes from two of our celebrated chefs, James Walt and Andrew Richardson.”

“We are so proud to be working with James and Andrew on their cookbooks,” says Chris Labonté, Publisher and President of Figure 1. “They are two of the most gifted and respected chefs in the country, and both books are going to be simply spectacular.”

The two cookbooks take advantage of accessible local products, and the recipes are designed to be stress-free for the home cook.

chefandrewPrevious Toptable Group cookbooks have won much acclaim. The first Araxi cookbook, which won both the Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon and the Gourmand World Cookbook Award, was singled out by chef Gordon Ramsay, who said, “What a book to have! Inspiring and creative – a must-have ingredient in any kitchen!”

Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar is internationally recognized for its hospitality. Executive chef and “farm-to-table” pioneer, James Walt, continues to inspire guests, creating compelling cuisine based on local, sustainable ingredients.  Walt’s book will feature 80 new recipes, and will be complemented by striking photography.

The CinCin cookbook will feature more than 80 of Chef Richardson’s favourite recipes, including many intended for the grill. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s shopping district on Robson Street, CinCin Ristorante offers Italian-inspired dishes created with local and regional ingredients. The internationally acclaimed Argentinean chef, Francis Mallmann, will provide a foreword to the cookbook.

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Toptable Group celebrated several milestones recently including the 25th anniversary of CinCin Ristorante, the 15th anniversary of both Blue Water Cafe and West Restaurant, and the opening of Bar Oso and The Cellar by Araxi. One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has six elegant, yet approachable, venues in Whistler and Vancouver: Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Bar Oso, 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