Meet Chef Heidi Fink

Heidi Fink, a Red Seal Chef and an award-winning cooking instructor, has been teaching cooking classes in Victoria, BC, since 1999. Her fresh recipes, down-to-earth teaching style, and many cooking tips ensure that her students leave class with the confidence and enthusiasm they need to cook delicious food at home.

Previously Executive Chef of the renowned ReBar Modern Food restaurant in Victoria, Heidi now spreads her cooking knowledge and enthusiasm through her classes, culinary tours, and food articles. Her cooking classes and blog have both won multiple local awards for her contribution to culinary education on Vancouver Island. When not working on her business, she works as an instructional assistant in the Professional Cook Program of Camosun College.

"Heidi is wonderful! In her classes, Heidi provides key tips and details to help you make the kind of dish that everyone just raves about. Her classes have changed my basic approach to a lot of my cooking as well as taught me how to produce some exciting and delicious new dishes. Heidi’s course material is always backed by her excellent knowledge, her interest in nutrition and in the science of baking and cooking, and her comprehensive experience in the field. As well, she values local community produce, sustainable agriculture, and is caring and respectful of other culinary cultural traditions. Every time I leave Heidi’s kitchen it is with a sense that I’ve shared a special evening with an inspired and inspiring chef. “Bon Appetit!” to all who carry on this tradition with Heidi. I, for one, will be back!"

Bonnie S., Victoria, BC

That’s the Official Bio for Professional Purposes.
Less officially, I am a mother of two, a lover of all kinds of foods, and a fitness enthusiast. I adore living on the west coast of British Columbia. The beauty of this place, our home, hits me bone-deep. My love for this place is not limited to its oceans, mountains, and tall trees; I love the people, the fertile fields, and abundant farmstands just as much.  Our food and farming community here is strong and it is inclusive. I am thrilled that I have been able to contribute to our community, even in a small way, for over 20 years.

I have been a longtime supporter of local food systems and sustainable agriculture here on Vancouver Island. I put my money where my heart is: I buy ethically raised meats, sustainable agricultural products, and locally-produced food for both my family and my business.

My proudest professional accomplishments to date are in helping people find their joy in the kitchen.
I am of course, proud of this: that in 2011, I was awarded the Foodie’s Foodie award at the EAT Magazine Exceptional Eats Food & Drink Awards for my contribution to food education in the city of Victoria. But my pride in this award comes because it was a popular vote, decided by the many enthusiastic cooks in this city. Thank you.

I still live in Victoria, BC, close to the ocean, with my two growing sons, who (thankfully!) no longer find Thai food too spicy.