OUR 2023 chefs

The Union Club – Chef Alexander Amos

Vancouver Island born, Alexander Amos began his cooking career in 2004.  Chef Amos started out locally in the well-known and respected establishments of ReBar & Spinnakers Pub.  After completing the culinary Arts program, with honours, at Malaspina University, Chef Amos moved to Vancouver to home his skills.  Chef Amos continued to learn greatness under the guidance of Vancouver’s top chefs:  Dale Mackay of Lumiere and DB Bistro, and Hamid Salimian at Diva at the Met.  Chef Amos also had successful tenures with Mission Hill Winery, under the guidance of Matthew Batey, and the critically acclaimed establishment of Daniel Boulud from New York City.  Now back in his hometown of Victoria, and with The Union Club of British Columbia, Chef Amos proudly continues to provide creative and thoughtful food that pays respect to the glorious ingredients that can be found on Vancouver Island.  


Serving Italian soul food since 1999, Zambri’s restaurant has been a cherished culinary destination for over two decades. As passionate contributors to the community, Zambri’s is excited to participate in the “Souper Bowls for Hope” fundraiser, with a soul-warming soup that embodies the essence of our kitchen’s passion and expertise. With renewed vigour, Zambri’s is proud to announce its re-opening for lunch (Wednesdays-Fridays), with a weekly changing soup and other delightful lunchtime specials.


Chef Marcelo Najarro – 10 Acres Bistro

Marcelo Najarro is one of three talented chefs working for the 10 Acres group of restaurants.  Originally from El Salvador, where he trained at the School of Culinary Arts, Marcelo came to Canada in 2008 where he began working at the former Pescatores. He is passionate about creating and serving inspired dishes using often the most innovative, local ingredients available. Marcelo and his team pledge to serve the best of the Island at 10 Acres Bistro, Kitchen and Commons, and what they don’t grow and ethically raise on their own organic farm in North Saanich, they proudly source from other like-minded sustainable, local farmers, food purveyors and fishermen.

Chef Cheryl Schultz – Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry

Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry has been providing Gourmet Take Out, Catering Services, Picnic Baskets and Cooking Classes for over 26 years and has become well known for the high quality of food and services that they provide.
Cheryl’s is committed to using only the highest quality ingredients available and strongly supports local farmers, cheesemakers, fishermen and wineries.
Cheryl’s has always operated with the fundamental principles of offering only the very best to all of our clients.

Portofino Bakery

Portofino Bakery is a Victoria based wholesale bakery specializing in Artisan Loaves and Buns.

Portofino prides itself on offering products that taste good and are good for you, removing sugar, salt, and preservatives from many of their products.  Portofino produces products that are made with wheat that has been grown and milled on Vancouver Island. You can find your favourite Portofino goodies in grocery stores and markets across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.