Chef Xin Mao, executive chef and co-owner of M8 restaurant in Vancouver, and an alumnus of our Culinary Arts program, is one of 12 chefs from across Canada selected to compete on the most prestigious cooking competition show in the country: Top Chef Canada.
Mao grew up in China and came to Vancouver to pursue a business education, but soon he realized his passion was in the kitchen. He then decided to pursue his real dream of becoming a chef, and graduated from our Culinary Arts diploma program in 2008.
“I love everything about being a chef. I love the intensity in the kitchen, I love the heat, I love the sweat" - Chef Xin Mao said in his interview with Food Network.
Mao's very own restaurant M8 (pronounced “mate”), marries Chinese and Italian culinary traditions, and is located along Vancouver’s waterfront dining roster in the Yaletown neighbourhood. We encourage you to check out his restaurant once current pandemic restrictions are lifted!
Chef Xin Mao also finds joy cooking for the community. He volunteers for Meals on Wheels, a program which provides isolated Vancouver and Richmond residents with hot meals, and currently he has been cooking hot meals for front line workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Make sure to tune in on Monday, April 27 to watch the next episode of Food Network's Top Chef Canada - Season 8. We will be cheering on Chef Xin Mao as he represents Vancouver in the battle for the biggest prize in Top Chef Canada history and coveted title of Canada's Top Chef.
Last week the winners of the 28th Hyatt Regency – Make-A-Wish Foundation annual gingerbread lane competition were announced with LaSalle College Vancouver’s Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary students in collaboration with the 3D modeling students taking first place in the amateur category.