Chef David Hawksworth realized his culinary vision at his first eponymous restaurant, in the very heart of downtown Vancouver. At Hawksworth Restaurant, which opened in 2011, he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contemporary Canadian cuisine; a demonstration of his European-trained technical ability, deep appreciation for local ingredients and an absolute insistence on only the very best quality. Winner of 2012 and 2013 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year and for four consecutive years, Best Upscale Dining, as well as enRoute magazine’s top three Best New Restaurants, and Maclean’s magazine Restaurant of the Year; Hawksworth has anchored himself at the helm of the Vancouver – and Canadian – dining scene.
A native Vancouverite who spent a decade honing his talents in Europe working in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, L’Escargot and The Square, David Hawksworth soon emerged as one of Canada’s leading culinary talents upon his return in summer 2000. In 2008 David became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.
In 2013 he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation, which annually awards $10,000 and an international stage to boost the career of a young professional chef; Hawksworth is joined by notable guest chef judges from across the country to determine the winner who compete in a culinary cook off, firmly cementing Hawksworth’s culinary influence on the international stage. This year the program is expanding across Canada by hosting regional heats in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal; top finalists then travel to Vancouver to vie for the title of Hawksworth Scholar.
Chef Hawksworth began a culinary partnership with Air Canada in fall 2015 and now designs signature dishes that are now exclusively featured on Air Canada flights in International Business Class and in Maple Leaf Lounges.
Hawksworth has travelled extensively as a guest chef to James Beard House, in New York City, also to Sevva, in Hong Kong, Splendido Bar & Grill in Toronto and Cakebread Cellars in the Napa Valley. Hawksworth appeared as a guest judge on the season one finale of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef and has participated in numerous TV cooking segments. Hawksworth donates his time to a number of charitable causes including his long-standing commitment to Fishing For Kids the West Coast Fishing Club’s annual charity tournament benefiting the Canucks Autism Network.