Chef Taryn Wa’s abiding passion for food and commitment to culinary excellence is every bit as authentic as the enduring family recipe from which it’s derived.
Born in Vancouver, Taryn found third-generation inspiration half a world away in the multicultural mosaic of South Africa — where her mother and grandmothers were accomplished cooks both at home and in restaurants — and further accentuated a palate already steeped in Asian tradition with subtle hints of Indian, British and Portuguese influences.
It was while pursuing a communications degree at Simon Fraser University and featuring as an all-star professional cheerleader for the CFL’s BC Lions that Taryn decided to pay homage to that pedigree by enrolling in the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, where she received classical training in both the Culinary and Pastry programs and was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the renowned Les Dames D’Escoffier before earning her school a gold medal in the 2005 British Columbia Chef’s Association’s “Hot! Competition Live”.
Soon after, Taryn found herself working behind the scenes as a sous chef on Channel M’s multicultural cooking show Fusion Fare while launching her very own boutique line of seasonal confitures and gaining a reputation as a sought-after personal chef.
At this point, her partner in life, Kyle Nordman, became her business partner as well.
Seeking to strike a balance in both their personal and professional lives — Kyle was working long days in the technology industry and Taryn late nights in the restaurant business — the pair teamed up to launch a web-based personal-chef network.
When Taryn’s ever-growing catalogue of clients began clamouring for her to branch out into catering special events and corporate parties, Kyle and Taryn decided to focus their considerable talents and energy on building their own unique brand of simple-yet-elegant entertaining and fine dining and Savoury Chef Foods was born.
In that time, Chef Taryn, Kyle, and their staff have entertained an array of celebrities, royalty and two former U.S. Presidents, been the exclusive caterer to Cirque Du Soleil tours in Vancouver and Canada Northern House during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as well as winning the People’s Choice award for “Best Food” at Taste BC 2012 and both People’s and Judge’s Choice awards at the Chef’s Table Society Curry Cup in 2014.
As Taryn expertly balances her flavours, spice and tasting profiles, so too does Kyle balance the back end of the business, employing a host of cutting-edge software and systems that streamline orders, coordinate scheduling of front-of-house and kitchen staff and effectively manage the company’s growth while maintaining momentum.