Our culinary and service teams are as passionate about their work as they are experienced and professionally trained, taking great pride in delivering an exceptional all round experience.
David Hawksworth, Executive Chef & Owner
A native Vancouverite who spent a decade honing his talents in Europe working in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, L’Escargot, and The Square, David Hawksworth soon emerged as one of Canada’s leading culinary talents upon his return in summer 2000. In 2008, David was named to Western Living’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ and became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. In 2013 he launched the HAwksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation, which annually awards $10,000 and an international stage to boost the career of a young professional chef; Hawksworth is joined by notable guest chef judges from across the country to determine the winner who will compete in a culinary cook off, firmly cementing Hawksworth’s culinary influence on the international stage.
Hawksworth has travelled extensively as a guest chef, most reently to the James Beard House, in New York City, al to Sevva, in Hong Kong, Splendido Bar & Grill in Toronto and Cakebread Cellars in the Napa Valley. Hawksworth appeared as a guest judge on the season one finale of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef and has participated in numerous TV cooking segments. Hawksworth donates his time to a number of charitable causes including his long-standing commitments to Fish For Kids the West Coast Fishing Club’s annual charity tournament benefiting the Canucks Autism Network.
Wayne Kozinko, Pastry Chef
Armed with artistry and experience, Wayne Kozinko oversees the team who create and execute seasonal desserts, sweets, breads and pastries at Hawksworth Restaurant and neighbouring Bel Café. Kozinko takes pride in training and working with a group of talented individuals in a positive environment. His menus illustrate classic desserts reduced to their base flavours, then reworked into more modern interpretations.
Originally from Edmonton, Kozinko has spent much of his career in Vancouver. Most recently, he served as the Pastry Chef for the Four Seasons Hotel and its restaurant, Yew prior to that he spent nearly a decade at the Metropolitan Hotel, where he worked with Executive Pastry Chef and acclaimed Chocolatier Thomas Haas.
Previously, Kozinko honed his skills at Vancouver’s Il Giardino and Borgo Antico. Kozinko graduated from North Island College’s culinary arts program and completed an apprenticeship at Vancouver Community College.
Kozinko’s expertise earned Diva a Vancouver magazine restaurant award for Best Last Course from 2005 to 2007. In 2000, he earned first place in the Quady Electra Dessert Competition at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival; and in 2001, as a member of Thomas Haas’ team, Kozinko took top honours in four categories at the National Pastry Team Championships.
Kevin Emry, Head Chef
Vancouverite and globetrotter Kevin Emry brings a worldly knowledge to the kitchen of Bel Café in his new role as Head Chef. Having experienced almost every facet of the restaurant industry Kevin describes his culinary style as a unique combination of the best of the West Coast with grounding in the fundamentals of French cuisine.
Chef Kevin was previously Head Chef at Le Bistro de Paris in the West End and after graduating from the Pacific Culinary Institute of Arts also worked at Vancouver’s Craft Beer Market and The Boathouse. He has also had the chance to hone his culinary skills on various stints abroad, working in Australia, and Southeast Asia.
When he isn’t cooking up a storm in the Bel Café kitchen, you’ll find this loyal West Coaster carving up some powder on the local mountains or hiking remote trails with his loyal dog Ruby.
Chad Clark, Operations Director
Chad Clark, the cosmopolitan General Manager has managed and consulted with leading restaurants across Canada and in Europe. Hired as part of the integral opening team of Tom’s Kitchen in London, UK, Chad cites his time working alongside the reputable two star Michelin chef as one of his most inspiring tenures.
Other career highlights include managing Feenie’s and Lumière in Vancouver in addition to consulting for Chambar, Café Medina and Boneta. In 2007, Chad relocated to Montreal to become general manager of Koko Restaurant and Bar at the Opus Hotel and in 2009 he returned to Vancouver to open Oru at Fairmont’s new Pacific Rim hotel, just before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games was held in the city.
With a background that includes classical music and opera training from the University of Toronto, as well as a foray in to the fashion world before he set his heart on a hospitality career, Chad brings a wealth of diverse talent, personality and professionalism to Bel Café.
Anna Heyd, Manager
Anna leads the team in the role of café manager, managing daily operation of the café, and overseeing Bel Café’s catering arm.
With a varied career, specializing in customer facing, hospitality roles including a consultant for Icon Fine Wine and Spirits and outlet manager at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and the Fairmont Empress, Anna has built meaningful relationships within the BC hospitality industry and a noted strength in team leadership.
A strong believer in a highly hands-on approach to management and service, Anna believes building a solid and supportive team at Bel Café.
Striving for excellence and aspiring to boost the Bel Café brand to one of the leading destination cafes in downtown Vancouver, Anna is dedicated to making guests feel at home.
Anna also oversees Bel To Go and the catering arm of the business, specializing in office catering and corporate events. The catering program offers fresh baked pastries, delicious sandwiches and nourishing soups perfect for the boardroom or desk side.
Anna’s love for the mountains initially drew her to the west coast, but her passion and drive for the hospitality industry anchored her roots in Vancouver.
Alastair Hayes, Assistant Manager
Alastair grew up in Melbourne, the coffee capital of Australia, and began his career as a barista at Tribe Café in the trendy suburb Hawthorn just east of the city, before moving to England to experience life abroad. He worked at The Breakfast Club in London’s trendy Spitalfields district for two years, working his way up to assistant manager there.
In 2013 he returned from his travels to his hometown of Melbourne to manage the renowned CoffeeHead boutique café/roastery in Camberwell. Alastair moved to Vancouver in 2015, driven by his love of travel and coffee, and joined the team at Bel Café as assistant manager.
Alastair’s role focuses on the café’s coffee program through training staff and maintaining standards in the day-to-day running of the cafe. His management style is friendly and he likes to lead by example to create a happy working environment. Outside of the café Alastair enjoys snowboarding and volunteering at music festivals and is looking forward to exploring more of Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Isabelle Lee, Assistant Manager
Hailing from Port Moody, Isabelle has been a Vancouverite for the last nine years. She loves meeting the interesting people who call this city home and she enjoys exploring Vancouver’s beautiful surroundings.
Isabelle’s role includes overseeing the staff, taking care of front of house tasks and working with the servers to fine tune service. Isabelle spent four years working at The Union in Vancouver’s Chinatown, initially as a server when it opened and then progressing to manager level.
She enjoys the mentoring approach to management and likes to instill passion for Bel’s food and beverages into her staff. Isabelle’s laid-back air is complemented by a hard-working attitude and a pride in her work. She hopes to help to continue to grow Bel Café’s reputation as the spot for a sit down full-service lunch in the city. When she’s not in the café, animal lover Isabelle can be found volunteering at the SPCA.