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jW Foster - Chef's Biography

  • Exectuive Chef jW Foster at The Fairmont Banff Springs

Chef jW Foster has been cooking professionally for more than 25 years and credits his passion and inspiration to Sunday’s spent with his grandmother in the kitchen. His first introduction to Fairmont Hotel & Resorts was a season at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in 1992 before moving on to the Fairmont Royal York. Deciding to expand his experience internationally, Chef Foster moved to Fairmont Dallas as the Executive Chef, San Francisco, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and in 2013 he took the helm of Fairmont Banff Springs as Executive Chef. Today, his culinary team prepares a staggering 1.3 million meals a year. 
Chef Foster’s work has been instrumental in making Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and the properties he has worked with, culinary industry leaders. His renowned work with local honey producers to place beehives on hotel roofs to draw attention to the importance of urban apiculture has been the beginning of the foundation of who he is as a chef. In Banff, Chef Foster has paved the way to providing local and sustainable cuisine by creating strong partnerships with regional producers, purveyors and artisans. His strong belief in fresh and forward thinking dishes is evident throughout his kitchens. His work to ensure that the property houses urban cultivators, a culinary greenhouse and garden is continuously showcased at every restaurant throughout the property. Other programs he has pioneered include, the hotel’s bread program,  the pickles and preserves program and most notably the hotel’s whole animal butchery program. He is proud to serve locally grown meat and products which allows the culinary team to offer diversity in its dishes and inspire the unique culinary vision of each venue. 
In a cause close to his heart, Chef Foster is a mentor to young chefs who strive to provide excellence in the culinary industry and aim to be leaders and groundbreakers. His work to rejuvenate the apprenticeship program  allows young and vibrant chefs to partake in demonstrations, competitions and to continue their culinary education and has had a rich history for producing top chefs that have gone on to create culinary master pieces  throughout the world. 
With his strong commitment to providing guests with an authentically local and sustainable dining experience, Chef Foster looks forward to building strong relationships with regional farmers, artisans and purveyors and making everlasting contributions to the Banff and the Bow Valley. 

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