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.

"After my wife took Heidi’s Indian cooking class and ‘experimented’ on me, we were both hooked. We registered for the Thai class and now spend many nights cooking these great dishes for our friends and family. We will be pupils again soon. Thanks Heidi, for helping us to push our cooking boundaries!"

Rob and Jeanette Delaney, 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.