Meet Ned Bell, Urban Cultivator Corporate Chef
"Food doesn't need to be complicated, but it is important to know where it comes from."
Chef Ned is his name and fresh food is his game!
Executive Chef of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
, including YEW restaurant + Bar
, Ned Bell’s cooking philosophy is farm-to-table. His relentless efforts in creating globally inspired dishes crafted with locally grown ingredients makes him the perfect fit as Urban Cultivator’s exclusive Corporate Chef.
A good portion of Ned’s life was spent growing up in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, instilling a lifelong passion for fresh and locally sourced cuisine. At 12, Ned began making dinner for his brother and sister, and by the age of 15, Ned got his first job washing dishes at Kerrisdale’s Avenue Grille.
His culinary studies began at Canada's prestigious Dubrulle Culinary School, where instructor Rob Feenie inspired Ned to follow him to Le Crocodile. Flourishing as an apprentice under Feenie and Vancouver culinary legend Michel Jacob, Ned next moved up as Sous Chef for the opening team of Lumiere, a restaurant that put Vancouver on the global culinary map.
Looking to broaden his horizons, Ned moved east to the helm of Toronto’s Senses Restaurant (where he received considerable critical praise) and gained celebrity status with a program on Food Network Canada while working in Ontario's Niagara wine region. He then moved on to open his own restaurants – one in Calgary called Murrieta’s Bar and Grill, before his homecoming with Cabana Bar and Grille in Okanagan.
Outgoing and passionate about his craft, Ned is the co-founder of Feast of Fields Okanagan, a “Lollopalooza”-like harvest festival, and he has been honoured with awards like “Best Overall” and “Rising Star” from WHERE Magazine, and “Top 40 Foodies Under 40” by Western Living.
Inside the Urban Cultivator kitchen, Ned will be cooking up the best seasonal creations using only the finest herbs grown in his urban cultivator
, and sharing these recipes
along with cooking tips and advice with all Urban Cultivator enthusiasts.
When the apron is off, Ned can be found running and riding local trails, hitting golf balls and spending time with family. He is passionate about making a difference to cuisine in British Columbia, loves being part of the vibrant food scene and is particularly smitten with local farmers markets and BC wine country.