Kristian Eligh was born for the culinary world. His dream to train and work with leading chefs from around the world is evident in the Michelin-starred kitchens he’s staged in like The French Laundry, Jean-Georges, Perry Street, Blackbird and McCrady’s Restaurant.
His early days with Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa, Diva at the Met, and Market by Jean- Georges prepared him for his most recent roles with both Browns Restaurant and Hawksworth Restaurant Groups. As Browns Restaurant’s Culinary Development Chef, Kristian oversaw creative development and menu engineering for the 64 locations across the country. As the Culinary Director for Hawksworth Restaurant Group, Kristian was integral in achieving such accolades as Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year and Macleans Magazine’s Best Restaurant in Canada for the flagship, Hawksworth.
In addition to creating the concept and direction of Hawksworth’s sister venues, Bel Café and Nightingale, Kristian’s tenure with the Hawksworth Restaurant Group also included launching a partnership with Air Canada’s Business Class inflight service exclusively for its international passengers.
Kristian now returns to the kitchen as he joins Toptable Group as Executive Chef of an exciting Victoria restaurant project scheduled for opening later this year.
“This amazing opportunity to join Toptable Group and expand the brand into the Victoria market is truly exciting. I’m thrilled to return home where my career began and bring a new concept to the city’s dining scene.”