Executive Chef David MacGillivray's Biography

  • Lake Louise Restaurant | Fairmont Executive Chef

Originally from Picton, Ontario, David moved to Alberta early-on in his career to indulge in his passion for cooking. David completed his apprenticeship at the Fairmont Palliser and received his Red Seal from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Under the tutelage of some highly experienced and talented chefs, David’s skills continued to develop, culminating with his promotion to Executive Chef of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in 1989 and finally the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa in 1998.

David’s ability to inspire led to a shift in his career, with subsequent promotions to Director of Food & Beverage at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Director of Operations at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and General Manager of the Fairmont Zimbali Resort.

With a focus on spending time with his new twin grandchildren, Chef David returned to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in 2012 as the Director of Operations.When the opportunity arose for David to return to the kitchen he did not hesitate to step into the role. “Being able to work alongside our talented culinary brigade, to lead them and inspire them is something I could not turn down. I have often missed the dynamics and excitement of the kitchen and I’m thrilled to back.”

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