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Ellie Heibein, supervisor, Christine’s on Blackcomb

Text and photo by Maureen Provencal

PQ: What’s the most important principle in cooking?

EH: Freshness and a timely fashion in serving.  


PQ: What drink should people be more open to trying?

EH: Higher end wines.


PQ: Exact moment you decided to become involved in the food & beverage industry?

EH: Years ago I wanted to get into the industry. I thought it was so personable and fun. You get to talk to people and create an experience for people. It’s what I do best.


PQ: Most memorable meal you have ever served?

EH: Every day is a memorable day for me. I try to give 100 per cent to everyone who walks in.


PQ: Greatest professional moment?

EH: Becoming the GM at Caramba!


PQ: Do you dream of opening your own restaurant?

EH: Yes, of course everyone wants their own restaurant. As GM I am married to my job. So yes, it would be nice, but the reality is it’s nice to say good-bye at the end of the day.


PQ: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?

EH: I would love to go to the Italian Riviera.


PQ: How far have you traveled for a great meal?

EH: I have traveled to lots of places and had great fresh meals while there.


PQ: What brought you to Whistler?

EH: I had been in France for one year and had come home but didn’t want to face the reality of going back to school. I still wanted to keep the dream alive. So I moved to Whistler for a season and now it’s been 11 years.


PQ: Has Whistler opened up any doors for you?

EH: Absolutely. I achieved a goal. Whistler has made me a different person.


PQ: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?

EH: A beautiful dinner party at someone’s house with all of my friends.


PQ: Who has been the most influential person on your career?

EH: Mario Enero. He is hands down the most amazing entrepreneur I have ever worked for and with.


PQ: What would you advise anyone wanting to come into this industry?

EH: Be prepared to recognize people. Guest recognition is key to this industry. And have lots of energy.