Collaborate with us!

Learn about our With The Chef community of chefs that offers food lovers the opportunity to transform simple dining out into a memorable feast.

Meet some of our chefs here.

Click below to see what a typical culinary experience looks:

Play Video about Chef Vikram Vij with a group of seven guests in front of Vij's Restaurant in Vancouver.

Chefs: Join Our Culinary Community

Join Our Culinary Community: With The Chef

Are you a chef with a passion for creating memorable dining experiences? Do you want to showcase your culinary skills and connect with food lovers across Canada? If so, you are invited to join the “With The Chef” community, a unique and innovative culinary tourism concept.

With The Chef was born out of a successful collaboration between Lise Hines and Chef Vikram Vij in Spring 2022. The idea is simple: you host a small group of guests at your restaurant during the early dinner hours and serve them a curated multi-course tasting menu. 

Step out of the kitchen to share your personal and culinary stories, creating a meaningful and intimate interaction.

Raise your profile in the restaurant, connect with guests and gain loyal customers. Collaborate with us!

The Benefits

By joining the “With The Chef” community, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Increased exposure: Boost your personal brand and restaurant’s visibility by associating with other talented chefs and reaching new audiences.
  • Simplified process: Design a fixed menu that suits your style and budget, and streamline your ingredient orders.
  • Seamless experience: Receive a week’s notice for each booking, and let us handle the administrative tasks and guest inquiries.
  • Direct payment: Get paid directly by us, covering all costs, taxes, and gratuity. You set your own price, taking into account the marketing value of the opportunity.
  • Booking flexibility: Choose the dates and times that work for you. You can opt in or out of the program at any time.
  • Professional support: Benefit from our extensive marketing efforts, showcasing your restaurant and the immersive With The Chef opportunity. We advertise on Instagram, Google Ads, and collaborate with Destination BC to share this culinary program through their media channels. We also provide you with professionally designed promotional materials, a dedicated page on our website, and printed menus for the guests to take home. If you wish, you can also offer a takeaway item (such as a spice blend, homemade cookies, or preserves) to enhance the experience.

Our vision is to expand these intimate culinary experiences across Canada, collaborating with chefs specializing in diverse cuisines. We believe that your artistry and expertise would enrich our community’s tapestry. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Collaborate with an Award Winning Team

With The Chef is an award-winning tourism concept!

We were chosen by Tourism Innovation Canada in the SPARK competition as a next generation innovator when we first launched in 2022.

We acknowledge the support put forth by this program as well as the mentorship from Michelle Ng of the local food focused tourism businesses, Vancouver Foodie Tours & Granville Island Delivery