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Brett’s cooking career started when he left home and moved to Lake Louise to be a ski bum. “Working in a kitchen is the perfect job in a ski town because you ski all day and work at night.” It was at the Lake Louise Inn where Brett was mentored for three years before moving onto Fernie in 1999 where he got a job at the newly opened Mug Shots and ended up running the place for two years.

If you have ever eaten at Mountain Tandoor at the Stanford Inn then you know that it is authentic Indian cuisine. Head chef Keshab Sapka was born in Nepal close to the Indian border, studied cooking in India and has been cooking professionally for 13 years, the last four in Fernie. I asked Keshab why he chose to be a chef and he replied, “Cooking is in my blood.” Kasheb grew up in a house where preparing food was an important part of the day and his mother was a great cook. Both of his brothers went on to become chefs as well.

photo by Henry Georgi

Paul Haddon was surrounded by positive food experiences from an early age. He has fond memories of baking cakes with his grandmother as a child, but the real influence came from having young parents who loved to entertain. During their many dinner parties they would often find Paul in the kitchen helping out.