The Vecova Recreation Centre is excited to announce that the Mini Chefs summer days camps will be taught this year by Darren Philippe, tournant chef of The Nash restaurant in Calgary. Read his biography below to learn more.
Tournant Chef, The Nash
Darren Phillippe attended school at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, earning a degree in French culinary arts. While in school he had the opportunity to meet and work with Chef Michael Noble at a charity event for the late Tina Fineza who would become a big influence later on.
While in school, Darren’s mother passed away from ALS. He decided to take several months off and take a motorcycle trip across North America. Making it to Montreal and Chicago he was able to go to restaurants such as Joe Beef, Toquè, and Mason Publique. The trip renewed his confidence and appreciation for food, which showed when he returned to school in the fall and finished in the top 3 of his class.
After 5 years on the West Coast Darren took a position with the Canadian Armed Forces at Rocky Mountain Army Cadet Summer Training Centre as a Food Services Officer for the 2015 summer training season. Finishing up his contract in September Darren moved home to Calgary where he happened to find himself sitting in Michael Nobles flagship restaurant, The Nash/Offcut Bar in the community of Inglewood. A few days later he had a job working under his mentor Executive Chef Matthew Batey.
Currently Darren works as the Tournant at The Nash. He is also working with the Canadian Armed Forces as an Administration Officer at 604 Moose, a local Air Cadet unit.