Executive Restaurant Chef
As a self-made chef who started as a dishwasher and worked his way through the ranks, Middleton brings 15 years’ experience in international restaurant operations with deep culinary expertise in Italian, French, British, and North American cuisines learned first hand from chefs all over Europe and North America during his extensive travels in pursuit of culinary excellence through cultural immersion.
Chef Middleton’s international experience within the bustling culinary scene in London saw him work at Wolseley Hospitality Group’s grand and iconic Michelin Guide listed venues Bellanger, The Delaunay, and Colbert, where he spent several years as Head Chef, bringing his personal ethos of no-frills cooking focused on fresh ingredients and first-rate quality to each of the restaurant venues.
Vancouverites familiar with trendy homegrown café group Nemesis Coffee will have dined on menus curated by Chef Middleton in his two years with them as Executive Chef and Partner, where he managed three head chefs and 25 cooks across three venues and launched the high-end dinner series Word, a six-course tasting menu that is now a monthly sell out success.
Now at Fairmont Waterfront, Middleton oversees the culinary direction of ARC Restaurant + Bar, where diners can expect new dining experiences such as the launch of an elevated version of the popular ARC After Dark experience, featuring share plates paired with classic Italian Amaro, drawing on Chef Middleton’s expertise in Italian cuisine from his time spent travelling the region.