Lumiere & Feenies are no longer Rob Feenie Restaurants
In 2006, I took my wife to Lumiere and blogged about it here on Metroblogging. [MB, MB and MB]I was really impressed with the quality of the food and how the food artists took the care and time to make something so beautiful and so tasty (well, except for the cow’s tongue). When I checked out the news today in the Vancouver sun, it turns out that Rob Feenie had essentially been “constructively dismissed” as executive chef at both Lumiere and Feenies since August. Today, he has terminated his partnership with Sidhoo, citing breach of contract due to his loss of position as executive chef.
Going to Lumiere for our anniversary was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had with my wife – after all, the thrill of going to a restaurant run by the famous Iron Chef Rob Feenie was well…. cool. Now that he is gone, I think that the two restaurants will have to compete solely on the food, rather than Rob Feenie’s name. It remains to be seen whether Dale MacKay, the new executive chef, will continue the tradition of fine food, artistic quality and impeccable service that my wife and I received while we were there.
I expect that Rob Feenie will get another chance to start a new restaurant here soon. He is a mainstay in the Vancouver food industry here and helped put Vancouver on the map as one of North America’s capitals of cuisine. Good luck to him!