David Gunawan is, above and beyond all else, the paterfamilias at Farmer’s Apprentice. He began his culinary career working in the kitchen at a West Lafayette brewpub while pursuing his degree in environmental engineering at Purdue University. He earned his stripes in back-of-house roles under acclaimed chefs such as Chris Nugent at Les Nomades and Carrie Nahabedian at Michelin-starred Naha in Chicago before landing in Vancouver — where he made stops at West, Maenam and Wildebeest before launching the farm-to-table staple known as Farmer’s Apprentice in 2013.
Gunawan’s abiding affinity for sourcing the best fresh, seasonal ingredients by supporting local farms, pastures and providers led Farmer’s Apprentice to be ranked No. 2 on enRoute Magazine’s list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014, the same year the restaurant also swept the podium with nods for Best New Restaurant, Best Casual Restaurant and Restaurant of the Year at the 25th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. In 2015, Gunawan opened South Granville Wine Bar Grapes & Soda next door to Farmer’s Apprentice and Royal Dinette in Downtown Vancouver, with each restaurant further reflecting Gunawan’s innovative, artisanal and locavore-forward focus. In 2016, Gunawan was named Chef of the Year at the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. | @davegoonie
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FUN FACT | David Gunawan is full of fun facts that make most of us cringe and wish we did more with the precious life we were given. Also has a dog named Gyoza.