What's On

Fairmont Pacific Rim Announces the Appointment of Kate Siegel as the Hotel’s New Executive Pastry Chef

Kate Siegel has joined Fairmont Pacific Rim as the new Executive Pastry Chef, overseeing the entire pastry program for the hotel’s two restaurants, banquets and in-room dining.

April 13th, 2021

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Siegel started her culinary career in restaurants, prior to joining Four Seasons Hotel Toronto’s pastry team in 2004. Siegel then held progressive culinary positions at the Four Seasons Whistler, followed by the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Vancouver, where she received her first Executive Pastry Chef role alongside Executive Chef Hamid Salimian. “Chef Hamid was one of my greatest mentors,” says Siegel. “His passion inspired me to reimagine traditional desserts and strive to create exceptional pastries in a modern way.”

In 2012 Siegel returned to Toronto where she accepted the role as the Executive Pastry Chef at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto with then Executive Chef Damon Campbell, who is now Executive Chef at Fairmont Pacific Rim. Four years later, Siegel followed her love of chocolate and became the Production Manager for Soma Chocolatemaker, where she gained a new appreciation for chocolate – understanding the process from bean to bar, taking the cacao beans from their original state, through the steps of roasting, winnowing, grinding, and conching. It was as Soma that she began to appreciate the importance of ethically sourcing chocolate – a practice that she will continue at Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Siegel then returned to BC to join North Arm Farm. It was at North Arm Farm, an organic vegetable and berry farm featuring a bakery, restaurant and full-service wedding venue, that Siegel began looking at her process differently. Rather than sourcing ingredients for a dessert she wanted to create, she began allowing the seasonality of the farm’s fresh produce to drive her menu. Siegel eventually gravitated back to her hotel roots when she accepted her most recent role at Fairmont Chateau Whistler – the position that reunited her with Chef Damon Campbell at Fairmont Pacific Rim. “We’re thrilled to have Kate join the team and I am personally so excited for us to work together again,” said Campbell. “Kate’s commitment and creativity always stood out to me, and I know her experience as an executive pastry chef, as well as a chocolatier, will elevate our pastry program and provide an exceptional experience for those who dine and stay with us.”

Siegel holds a diploma in Culinary Management from George Brown College, where she has also earned the Industry Partner Recognition award.

#PacificRimLife

Stay in the know of what’s hot and happening at Fairmont Pacific Rim! Discover Pacific Rim Life, our blog which is driven by art, music, fashion, wellness, culture, culinary and cocktails, all making up the DNA of the hotel and the core of Vancouver’s vibrant social scene.

CONTINUE READING …

  • Culture

    Sustainability at Fairmont Pacific Rim

    In the spirit of sustainability, we’re proud to say we have made some serious strides to the guest experience and our operation over the past few years.

  • Culture

    The Pacific Gallery at Fairmont Pacific Rim Launches with Inaugural Exhibition by Douglas Coupland

    The Pacific Gallery at Fairmont Pacific Rim has now opened with its inaugural exhibit, Green Light Red Light by Douglas Coupland, featuring a multitude of pieces from Canada’s iconic visual artist and novelist.

  • What's On

    ‘Tis the Season – Celebrate the Festive Season at Fairmont Pacific Rim

    Fairmont Pacific Rim is all dressed up with everywhere to go with exciting new offerings including Oakridge Park Wonderland at the Pac Rim Patio.