One Day in Vancouver: Chef and TV Host Spencer Watts

Chef and TV host of the popular series, Watts On The Grill, shares his favourite places to dine and drink in Vancouver

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Spencer Watts is well known for his energetic persona and expert culinary skills that he’s brought to several cooking series and specials, including Fish the Dish, Watts on the Grill, Spencer and Robert’s Game Day Buffet and Watts Up for the Holidays.

Growing up on the lower mainland of British Columbia, he was inspired by the vast array of fresh local ingredients available. He started cooking and entering culinary competitions in high school, which ignited a passion for cooking, and he has declared cooking the great love of his life. After graduation, he enrolled at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver. He then quickly progressed through the ranks at the Westin Grand and C restaurant, while training with some of the best local talent in the culinary scene. After a couple of years as a restaurateur, Spencer started his own cooking show called Coast Cooling with Spence, which aired on a local cable channel and allowed him to share his talents with others.

So, where does Spence eat in Vancouver when he's not in his kitchen working on his cookbook? Here are a few of his favourites.

Breakfast and brunch

I like Yolks! Chef Steve Ewing worked at the French Laundry and is a wizard with an egg.




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Kintaro Ramen has the best ramen ever! Get there early because the line can get crazy!


Dinner at my place. Nothing beats a good meal at home! Put on some jazz, open some bubbles, have great company and cook and eat the night away!


H2 Rotisserie and Bar and H Tasting Lounge, the Howard Hughes bar at the Westin. They have epic cocktails, and you feel like you’re in the 40s. Epic.