If you came in to taste BRODO over the summer, you probably saw these two hard-working guys in the kitchen. Luan Truong and Matt Boer joined us from their studies at Vancouver Island University to earn their practical hours, and we're sad to see them go!
Both were looking for a placement with a chef who would mentor them, and focused on farm-to-table local ingredients. Luan comes from a previous career in software development, and Matt has always been interested in cooking, having started his education in high school.
"I was purely looking for a mentoring chef," says Luan, who hopes to open a similar shop when his formal studies are done in the spring.
Matt has finished his schooling, wrapping up two years to complete his diploma. He plans to head back to the island.
"I really like the BRODO model," says Matt, "using what's in season and being creative."
Favourite dishes from the summer? Luan's is the caramelized pork sandwich he created for a feature. Matt's was a parmesan pannacotta for a catering event.
Both enjoyed working for Chef Paul, being welcomed into the BRODO family. But they do agree as students, "we don't touch the music."
Best of luck Luan and Matt!