BOBAN KOVACEVIC – CORPORATE CHEF OF EXECUTIVE HOTELS & RESORTS, AWARDED BCCA’S CHEF OF THE YEAR
Corporate Chef Boban Kovachevich of Executive Hotels & Resorts was honoured with the award, Chef of the Year by the BC Chef’s Association (BCCA). Every year, the BCCA makes a point of recognizing excellence among its members. This award recognizes the chef who has maintained exceptional work in mentoring and culinary direction over the period of one year.
Throughout Chef Boban’s career in BC, he has continued to set the standard by impressing guests with his culinary creations and inspiring his staff. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for BC Chef’s Association and had also received the BCCA Recognition Award in 2009, and the ˜Grand prize Best Appetizer’ in the 2010 Healthy Chef Competition.
MANNY CARGANILLA JR. – EXECUTIVE CHEF
EXECUTIVE PLAZA HOTEL COQUITLAM
Chef Manuel Carganilla Jr. was born in in Roxas, Isabella Phillipines before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada with his family when he was 10.
Initially it was expected that he would follow in the footsteps of his siblings and become a nurse, which was not what he wanted. He had already developed a love for food from watching The Food Network and eating out with family and friends, so with that passion for cooking he made a career turn and instead attended VCC Culinary School during 2005-2006.
From there he landed a part time jobs at the Convention Center as a part time prep cook and as commis-chef at the River Rock Casino Resort during 2006-2007. He was then offered a full time position and would move up positions from commis-chef to demi-chef to chef-de-partie while simultaneously completing his Red-seal training apprenticeship from 2008-2011.
When he was offered an Executive Sous Chef (Restaurant Chef) position at Carvers inside the Executive-Inn Airport Plaza Hotel located in Richmond BC he decided it was time to expand his knowledge and skills and began training under the company’s Executive Chains Corporate Chef.
He would leave Carvers Restaurant after a few years to take a Sous-chef Position role at Hard-rock Casino Resort until he was offered the Executive Chef at The Executive Hotel Plaza in Coquitlam BC where you will find him now in charge of the daily operation of the Hotel.
Although he has a Filipino roots, he prefers to cook in “Western” style, which has French/Italian influences and keeps the traditional dishes as the comfort food he eats at home.
Chef Manny was selected to do on screen promotion for the 2017 BC Healthy Chef Competition.
View the clip from his appearance on CTV.