Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chef de Cuisine Kristian shares his best BBQ tips

BBQ blog

Just picked up your favourite cut of meat or some fish for the BBQ and are not really sure what to do with it? Chef Kristian shares his top summertime grill tips so you can cook with confidence this August.

1.) Wear sunscreen.

2.) Have a beer in hand.

3.) Always allow time to ‘season your grill’. Turn the grill to high and let it burn for 10 minutes, brush and then lightly oil the grill, adjust heat to desired cooking temperature.

4) Always ensure that meat in marinades containing oil and fat have been scraped off as best as possible to avoid flare ups on grill

5.) Always allow your meat or fish to be tempered and brought to room temperature before you begin grilling.

6.) Boost the taste of your simple BBQ offering by using flavoring techniques such as reserving marinade.  Just bring your leftover marinade to a boil on the stove top and then reapply it to the meat with a brush throughout the cooking process. Finish any meat, pork or chicken by drizzling with citrus and fresh herbs.

7.) Many recipes recommend brining meat or chicken prior to cooking process. Ensure the BBQ isn’t running too hot for these recipes as they usually contain high amounts of sugar that could potentially burn.

Join Chef Hawksworth at Silver Star’s Summer Wine & Food Festival


Join David Hawksworth for a weekend of incredible food and wines at Summer Wine & Food Festival which takes place at Silver Star Mountain on the weekend of August 8-10. On Friday guests will have the chance to experience a very special evening with Chef Hawksworth, sitting down to a specially crafted four-course meal complete with wine pairings from select BC interior wineries. On Saturday, guests will have the opportunity to pick up cooking tips and gain culinary skills during a fun demonstration hosted by Chef where he’ll be preparing an albacore tuna ceviche with avocado puree, heirloom tomato, jalapeno, puffed rice and cilantro. Tickets are limited. Email: to book or click here for more information.


Cooling it down with cocktails by Cooper Tardivel

Summer Cocktails

Become master of the cocktail this summer with refreshing concoctions from Hawksworth Cocktail Bar’s Head Bartender Cooper Tardivel. Whether you’re having a party or soaking up the sun, these fan favourites will tantalize your taste buds and keep you cool as a cucumber. Chilled to perfection and with hints of citrus, these summer drinks will satisfy any summer beverage craving.


1oz gin

.5oz Campari

.5oz ginger liqueur (Giffard’s Ginger of the Indies)

10ml Orgeat syrup

.5oz fresh lime juice

3 drops Bob’s Ginger Bitters


No garnish



2oz white rum

.75oz fresh lime

.25oz fresh pink grapefruit

5ml maraschino liqueur


Garnish with a cherry