Global experience with a commitment to sourcing local ingredients makes executive chef Karan Suri a natural fit for his new home at Fairmont Waterfront with its rooftop garden and apiary.
Born and raised in northern India, Suri graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management from Indira Ghandi National Open University in 2004. Classically trained in traditional and contemporary Indian, he is well versed in French, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine and recently added Japanese and Italian cuisine to his repertoire.
Suri started his culinary career with the esteemed Oberoi Group in New Delhi in 2005 as kitchen executive. While working with their extensive collection of hotels across India, he had a brief stint in Singapore and worked alongside Michelin Star chefs while receiving training at Raffles, Ritz Carlton, and independent restaurants.
In 2008, he joined the luxury brand, Raffles and relocated to Dubai where, as Chef de Cuisine, he was responsible for the award-wining restaurants, Fire and Ice, Cellar & Grill, and Azur over his two-year tenure. He was awarded with a gold medal in Culinary Arts from the Professional Culinary Excellence Challenge, and reached the finals in the popular television show Foodistan, a cook-off between the best Indian and Pakistani chefs.
From there, he returned to Delhi to oversee the launch of the prestigious Leela Palace as Executive Sous Chef and refined his skills at the company’s signature restaurants – Le Cirque (awarded 2011 Best Restaurant by Vir Sanghvi) and Megu, renowned for their one-of-a-kind dining and design experiences.
In 2012, he joined Fairmont Hotels as Group Executive chef based out of the historic Fairmont Norfolk in Nairobi and oversaw a trio of properties that also included The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club and The Fairmont Mara Safari Club. He won numerous accolades including Best Chef in Kenya (Taste Awards), and the signature restaurant at The Norfolk, Tatu was ranked in the top 101 restaurants in hotels around the world by the Daily Meal.
Already enamored with the west coast and its bounty of fresh seafood, meats and produce from his two years at Fairmont Vancouver Airport, he is enjoying the area’s natural beauty and expanse of space waiting to be explored when he’s not in the kitchen.
Restaurant Executive Chef
Having won Chopped Canada (Season Three) and with over 15 years in the culinary scene under his belt, executive restaurant chef Dennis Peckham, brings a wealth of talent and experience to the table.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Dennis graduated from Dubrulle Culinary Institute. After completing his schooling he joined the team at Vancouver's highly-regarded Lumière Restaurant and subsequently was the Chef de Partie at Napa Valley's prestigious French Laundry, one of the most celebrated restaurants in North America. After time spent in Chicago, New York and California Dennis decided to return to British Columbia and has worked at some of the hottest restaurants on the west coast, including Vancouver's award-winning West Restaurant.
Dennis states "the ultimate quality of all cuisine depends on the integrity of the ingredients. " He favours French cooking techniques while using the freshest local ingredients, thereby ensuring the dishes created will be of the highest possible calibre.