Renowned Canadian Chef Joins RCC Brand as Director of Operations


KELOWNA, B.C. — Canadian chef Bernard Casavant has joined RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. (RCC) as its new director of Operations.

Casavant will oversee the operation of all of the restaurants and recruit professionals as the brand pursues its expansion plans.

“I have worked with Bernard over the past 30 years in hotels, restaurants and on philanthropic projects,” says RCC co-owner Audrey Surrao. “His depth of experience and culinary expertise is something I have come to trust and rely upon for my entire career. It is a true pleasure to have him join our team and work with Rod and I taking our company to the highest level.”

“To welcome an industry icon to our company is an incredibly exciting opportunity. Bernard and I have known one another, worked together and collaborated for the past 30 years…His experience and respect will only add to the powerhouse team of RCC,” adds RCC co-owner Rod Butters.

With more than 30 years of experience, Casavant has been at the forefront of improving standards in the hospitality industry. Starting in 1989, Casavant helped make Whistler, B.C. a culinary destination — first as the executive chef for the newly built Chateau Whistler and later at his own restaurant, Chef Bernard’s Bistro.

The West-Coast native was one of the first in Canada to earn a Chef de Cuisine Certification (CCC). He was also the first chef from the West Coast to represent Canada in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or Competition in France.

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