Like many a distinguished culinary career, Chef Alex Lavroff started as a dishwasher and moved through the kitchen’s ranks from the entry level. After starting his career in his childhood home of Kelowna, BC, a three year stint cooking in some of Victoria’s best restaurants gave him a love of west coast seafood. Lavroff’s next step was to pursue his formal education at Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. While a student he spent his weekends volunteering in Vancouver’s top restaurants, soaking in as much knowledge and experience as possible.
In 2013 Lavroff moved back to the Okanagan with his wife and new son, working once again for his old mentor Chef Jeremy Luypen at the Predator Ridge Golf Course. But it wasn’t long before Lavroff was leading his own team as Chef of the Mission Creek Golf Course, where he made his mark by sourcing organic, local ingredients for the comfort food inspired menu.
Lavroff’s Dutch heritage and travels greatly impact the flavours in his food. On his menus for the Sunset Organic Bistro you can expect a harmonious combination of flavours including bright citrus components, floral notes, and fresh inspiration from the seasonal garden and from BC's honoured organic farmers and foragers. He also integrates techniques and flavours picked up in Thailand and Indonesia, all playing creatively and gracefully with Summerhill’s organic wines.