Watch as local chefs meet up with BC dairy farmers to talk about what really matters to them - food, family, and community. Through these conversations, the chefs get to know the people behind the product, and create a signature dish, inspired by farmers.
Inspired by Holger
Chef Meeru Dhalwala from Vij’s and Rangoli creates a dessert inspired by BC dairy farmer Holger Schwichtenberg. Meeru visits Holger’s farm to talk about the importance of farming in a sustainable way.
Inspired by Mark
Chef Robert Belcham from Campagnolo creates a dish inspired by BC dairy farmer Mark Ricka. Robert visits Mark’s farm and they discuss the importance of quality ingredients and being connected to the community.
Inspired by Mickey
Chef Lee Cooper from L’Abattoir creates a dish inspired by BC dairy farmer Mickey Aylard. Lee visits Mickey’s farm and they talk about the importance of caring for the animals and how they want to leave things better for future generations.
Recipes, inspired by farmers
Chicken Roasted in Milk & Herbs
Recipe by: Chef Robert Belcham, Campagnolo
Inspired by: BC Dairy Farmer Mark Ricka
Poached Egg in a Cream Sauce
Recipe by: Chef Lee Cooper, L'Abattoir
Inspired by: BC Dairy Farmer Mickey Aylard
“BEING SUSTAINABLE IS A LEGACY I WANT TO LEAVE FOR MY KIDS.”
bc dairy farmer Holger Schwichtenberg
Meet the Farmers
In 1915, Mark’s grandparents began dairy farming in Chilliwack, BC. His family has been working to produce healthy food in the same community for over one hundred years. Mark is proud to work closely with his family members and is passionate about investing in the future for the next generation.
Holger's parents started dairy farming in Agassiz BC in June 1960, after immigrating from Germany. Holger has carried on the family legacy and continues to farm on the same land today. Holger and his family have a strong focus on sustainable growth, and are committed to giving back to their community.
Mickey is a fourth-generation dairy farmer working on her family’s farm on Vancouver Island, BC. She grew up in the same farmhouse that both her dad and grandpa grew up in. After university, she returned home to carry on the family’s legacy of producing high quality milk for their local community.
Meet the Chefs
chef Robert Belcham
Robert Belcham opened Campagnolo in 2008 and was awarded Chef of the Year at the 2009 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. He currently has two other restaurants, Monarch Burger and most recently Popina on Granville Island. Robert spends much of his time sourcing top-quality regional products. He’s happy to go the extra mile knowing it means he’s supporting local producers and bringing the best quality ingredients into his kitchen.
Chef MEERU DHALWALA
Co-owner and Chef of Vij’s and Vij's Rangoli restaurants, Meeru has been managing the all-female kitchen staff and creating all recipes since February 1995. In 2016 she was awarded Vancouver’s Culinary Artist of the Year by the Mayor’s council and was a board member of Vancouver Farmers Markets for six years. Meeru was born in India and raised in the U.S. One of her passions is her commitment to working with and sourcing from BC farmers not only for it’s sustainability but for the quality of taste.
chef Lee Cooper
Chef Lee Cooper of L’Abattoir is one of the most creative culinary minds in Vancouver. After doing stints at Michelin-starred restaurants in the U.S. and Europe, he worked his magic at The Pear Tree and Market by Jean-Georges, before taking the lead at L’Abattoir. There, he creates relatable, modern food.