Text and photos by Maureen Provencal
Co-owner, Mongolie Grill
PQ: Whats your food/wine philosophy?
CM: Eat well, eat healthy & like mom said: Dont forget to eat your vegetables.
PQ: One food you cant live without?
CM: Cereal / Grey Goose vodka.
PQ: One ingredient you cant live without?
CM: Hot sauce.
PQ: One food you avoided as a child and now you love?
CM: Im still a child
PQ: Weirdest thing youve ever eaten?
CM: Tequila worm.
PQ: Most memorable meal youve ever eaten?
CM: On the top floor of the Masi Castle in Italy overlooking the vinyard. My best friend and I shared a meal prepared by a private chef.
PQ: Exact moment you decided to become a restauranteur?
CM: Eight years ago when we took over a bankrupt restaurant and turned it into the Mongolie Grill that it is now.
PQ: Whats your solution for a last-minute meal?
CM: La Tortilleria.
PQ: Best trend in food/restaurants?
CM: Modern design & decor that looks like they put some thought and heart into it.
PQ: Worst trend in food?
CM: Deep fried anything.
PQ: Greatest professional moment?
CM: Working with my partner Andrea Volker in creating and maintaining one of the busiest restaurants in Whistler.
PQ: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?
CM: The Island of Capri in Italy probably pizza & local wine.
PQ: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?
CM: Start with lunch at the Trattoria, then for dinner Radicchio Boconcini at Quattro, entrée at Tandoori, back to Quattro for dessert then off to see Kike at Kypriakis for a drink.
PQ: What brought you to Whistler?
CM: Snowboarding, but now its hockey.
PQ: Who has been the most influential person on your career?
CM: My mother, for her work ethics balanced with her love for life.