Interview with Chef Ernst Dorfler at Five Sails Restaurant, Vancouver

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 under Archives, Chefs, Interviews | 2 Comments
Chef Ernst Dorfler and Gerry Sayers, owners of Five Sails Restaurant, Vancouver

Chef Ernst Dorfler and Gerry Sayers, owners of Five Sails Restaurant, Vancouver

On my last trip to Vancouver, I visited the Five Sails restaurant at the top of the Pan Pacific Hotel.  The restaurant has amazing views and equally amazing food, which I got to sample in a fabulous tasting menu.   I also got to sit down with owner and Chef Ernst Dorfler to talk a bit about his food.  Our interview is below.

Chef Ernst Dorflers’ diverse career began when he left his home in Sirnitz, Austria at the age of fifteen to become an apprentice at the Four Star Trattlerhof Hotel in Bad Kleinkirchheim. Armed with formal French and Swiss training Ernst left to see the world, enriching his cultural and gastronomic experience in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Canada.

Dorfler’s Canadian culinary adventures have taken him from the East to the West Coast. He commenced his Canadian “tour” at the Quebec Hilton in Quebec City, followed by the Westin Hotel, Waldens Restaurant and the Four Seasons Hotel in Edmonton and eventually bringing him to Vancouver in 1988 as Executive Chef of the Five Diamond, Pan Pacific Hotel.

From 1981 to 1992 Ernst competed in the culinary arts locally, nationally and internationally achieving over 30 gold medals. He has been proud to represent Canada at seven international culinary events and was a member of the acclaimed Canadian Culinary Olympic Championship Team in 1992, achieving the highest honor of gold medal for best overall team/country at the World Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany.

Chef Dorfler has continued to win praise and accolades from Vancouverites and visitors to the Five Sails Restaurant and the Pan Pacific Vancouver – both of which have been consistently recognized with the AAA Five Diamond designation since 1990.


2 Responses to “Interview with Chef Ernst Dorfler at Five Sails Restaurant, Vancouver”

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