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Quick bites with

Mario Enero

Owner/chef, La Rœa


Photos and questions by Maureen Proven�al


PQ: WhatÕs your food/wine philosophy?

ME: My philosophy is to have good food, good ingredients and consistency.


PQ: One food you canÕt live without?

ME: Roasted lamb.


PQ: One ingredient you canÕt live without?

ME: Garlic.


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

ME: The traditional dishes of the Mediterranean.


PQ: Weirdest thing youÕve ever eaten?

ME: Monkey brains with J.J.


PQ: Most memorable meal youÕve ever eaten?

ME: In Valencia, Spain with my nephew Charlie and his wife Marissa, at Sergio Alar«co Restaurant.


PQ: Exact moment you decided to become a chef?

ME: When I started eating good food.


PQ: WhatÕs your solution for a last-minute meal?

ME: Spanish omelette.


PQ: Best trend in food/restaurants?

ME: Comfort food.


PQ: Worst trend in food/restaurants?

ME: Fast food.


PQ: Greatest professional moment?

ME: When I won the gold medal for La Rœa in Vancouver Magazine.


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

ME: Sergio Alar«co in Valencia, Spain.


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

Le Gros to eat Dover sole.


PQ: What brought you to Whistler?

ME: The opportunity to be part of one of the best resorts in North America.


PQ: Personal hero.

ME: Pierre Trudeau.