André Saint-Jacques

André Saint-Jacques Host and founder

“At the Bearfoot Bistro anything is possible. Your pleasure is our pleasure. Be yourself. Be whoever you want to be. We want you to laugh, to love… Come celebrate with us.”

Renowned wine collector and Champagne expert, André Saint-Jacques is a bon vivant dedicated to celebrating the good things in life. The visionary behind the Bearfoot Bistro, Saint-Jacques is as passionate about pleasure as he is about beautiful food, attentive service and spectacular wine. Under his direction, the Bearfoot Bistro strives to exceed every guest’s expectations and inject a little magic into their visit – whether that be sabering a bottle of Champagne, venturing into the Ketel One Ice Room, or simply sitting back and allowing us to take care of their every desire.

For Saint-Jacques, a night at the Bearfoot Bistro should always be special – an experience worthy of his own celebratory toast: “It’s good to be us!”

Melissa Craig

Melissa Craig Executive Chef

“It’s about simplicity and sophistication. If I have a perfect heirloom tomato, I’m not going to mess with it. When the fish is so fresh, why wouldn’t I serve it raw? But I also want an element of surprise – a familiar plate that tells a new story, an invitation to a culinary journey.”

Executive Chef Melissa Craig has established herself as one of the top names in Canadian cuisine. Commanding a large kitchen devoted to sourcing the best ingredients from home and abroad, Chef Craig’s vision is both approachable and cutting edge. With an exquisite palate matched only by her artistic eye, Chef Craig can’t help but create unforgettable dining experiences.

Always looking to please her guests, Chef Craig is happy to tailor her tasting menus around preferences. She can often be seen at tableside, checking in with guests and making sure they want for nothing.

“I love that the atmosphere here is so unique – it’s what makes it exciting for our guests. And I love that I have the freedom to do whatever I want in the kitchen.”

But ask her what truly motivates her every day, and Chef Craig is clear: “I just love to feed people.”

Colin Schira

Colin SchiraGeneral Manager

Luc Trottier

Luc TrottierWine Director

“To take over that wine list and that cellar. It’s mind-blowing.”

Running the wine program at Bearfoot Bistro is a dream job come true for Luc Trottier.

“And it’s not just working with amazing wines, but it’s also the opportunity to build and add to that collection.”

Originally from just outside Montreal, he has lived in Whistler for 15 years. Being part of the team at the Bearfoot, he says, keeps his wine knowledge and skills sharp.

“Probably the most exciting part of my daily job is working with Chef Craig on the five-course menu,” he notes. “It keeps me on my toes, gives me an edge.”

He also revels in the interaction he has with guests, guiding them through the wine list to find the bottle they will enjoy with their meal.

“If you like to drink Malbec, we’ll show you the bottles we really like. If it’s Pinot Noir, well then let’s talk Pinot Noir. This is my job, and I love it.”

Cameron Chu

Cameron ChuResident Pianist

“My job is to create an elegant presence in the room, without taking it over. It’s a balance.”

Cameron Chu has been entertaining Bearfoot Bistro patrons almost since the day the restaurant opened. He recalls meeting owner André Saint-Jacques and recognizing his big dreams and a clear commitment to the arts – both irresistible to a pianist offered free reign to create a resident music program.

Adjusting his repertoire to reflect the make up of the restaurant on any given night, Chu aims to bring a sophisticated twist to recognizable melodies.

The Bearfoot Bistro has its own unique slant on everything,” he notes. “And it’s the same for the music – we don’t follow a formula.”