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Thursday, 10 August 2006

Eureka!--they are called Enoki mushrooms!

I was just informed via email by one of my trusted culinary sources, that the mushrooms I bought from Carrefour are called Enoki mushrooms. I have heard the name before but I couldn't piece it together.

Who was my mysterious source you ask? It was none other than Chef Michael Weaver, the behind the scenes, culinary master that commands his crew of staff at the world famous Lure Seafood Restaurant and Bar, located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

Michael has a passion for food and all things related to the culinary arts. He is a grand master. Maybe the Master Morimoto of cooking. Wax on, wax off. Maybe the Master Splinter from The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Some say that he looks like Bobby Flay and Chris Pronger (I've never heard that, I just threw that in).

Mike Weaver – Restaurant Chef
Lure Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Mike Weaver Restaurant Chef Mike Weaver is a native Vancouver Islander who was inspired to pursue a career in the culinary arts, in large part due to his family’s history in the chocolate business. Mike began his career with an apprenticeship at the Coast Westerly Hotel in Courtenay B.C., finishing at the top of his class at North Island College. He completed his final two years at Camosun College Interurban Campus while working as an apprentice under Chef Stoneman at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. Mike placed first in the Regional then second in the Provincial Apprenticeship Black Box Competition in Kelowna B.C. in 1996 and has competed in five Grand Marnier Dessert Challenges, consistently placing in the top 3 and winning the Grand Prize in 2003.

Determination and hard work have led Mike to his current position as Restaurant Chef for Lure. Mike is a true leader, inspiring his team to create dishes that challenge and push their creativity, as seen in the innovative menus that have been created for Lure.

The following praise has been said about the legendary Michale Weaver and Lure Restaurant:

"I believe that Lure Seafood Restaurant at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort has the best view -- you just can't get a view with the harbour, the Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings together anywhere else," says Alia Zawacki. "I really enjoy the mesclun salad, the halibut entree and the goat cheesecake (it is out of this world)."

Passion and commitment in the kitchen is another reason why its patrons are praising Lure.

"Mike Weaver is an awesome chef -- makes some of the best dishes I've ever had," says Lesley Bidlake, who recommended the albacore tuna tartare. "He really puts his all into each dish, and makes each unique and special. A true chef!"

Ok...that's the end of the plug. Go visit Lure Restaurant and Bar. In other words, thanks Michael for your culinary insight.


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