Chef Andrew Smith, has always had a passion for cooking. He’s taken that passion to Red Shores where he’s been leading the Culinary team since 2012. His leadership led the RS team to be the Taste our Island Award recipient for 2019. When Andrew is out of uniform, he can often be found volunteering his time with his son’s sports teams.
As a chef on PEI, how do you contribute to various events and what benefits do you see in taking part in events?
I’ve been very fortunate to have been involved in lots of different events during my career. I have helped create new events as well as planned and executed smaller components of other events. I’ve provided peer support and competed in challenges. I have evolved as a chef through these experiences and that growth has opened new opportunities in my career. I’m confident that without these opportunities, I wouldn’t be the Chef I am today.
What are some of your most memorable events that you have participated in?
One of the most unique things about being a Chef in PEI is that we are able to participate in events that involve our entire province, work along-side our peers, and come together to share in the success of some pretty amazing experiences. I am fortunate to say that my most memorable events I’ve been involved in have taken place here in Prince Edward Island. These would includeToe, Taps and Taters, Signature Fall Flavour events at Red Shores, Feast and Frolic, Grilled Cheese Challenge, Wine and Dine, and of course everyone’s favorite time of year, Old Home Week.
In light of recent events, how has this changed your perspective or the way you do business?
I wouldn’t say it’s changed my perspective as much as it’s reminded me of how fortunate we are to live in a place that can come together for a common cause. I have always been conscious of the customer experience and that will continue to be my focus moving forward.
Why is it so important now more than ever to support local businesses?
I believe knowing where your food comes from and how it is produced gives you a sense of security that can be comforting during a time like this. Our local businesses have been supporting our community for many years and our support will help ensure they are here for many more years to come. Simply by changing the way we buy can significantly change the life of a local business owner. We are all in this together and this is just one other way we can support each other.
Any final thoughts you’d like to share?
I think it’s important to remind Islanders that some local restaurants are offering options for you to continue to enjoy their food. I’m sure we could all use a break in the kitchen now and then so what better way than by supporting them.