John Bishop: Would-Be Arctic Explorer

March 2, 2009.

One or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure…

Inarguably one of Vancouver’s most respected chef/restaurateurs, John Bishop is also a cookbook author, mentor, and the Godfather of Vancouver’s regional cuisine. For over twenty years, his local-centric restaurant Bishop’s – widely considered one of the best in the country – has trained and inspired legions of young cooks, servers, and managers to source their food locally and to forge strong relationships with the farmers and producers of the Lower Mainland.

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Scout Q&A

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Point Grey: parks; beaches; friendly people.

Default drink of choice: Campari spritzers.

The one place you’d move to: Rural Britain.

Favourite wine varietal: Riesling.

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: Downtown Eastside.

Cheap place for dinner: East Is East.

Book you’re reading: Three Day Road by

Last place traveled: India.

Cliche that you use too often: “Well done”.

Dead film actor you wish was still making pictures: John Casavettes.

Place in BC that you love escaping to: Kalamalka Lake near Vernon.

Under what circumstances would you join the army: None.

Saddest thing about Vancouver: Homelessness.

Most challenging part of owning a business: Time away from family.

Your nickname growing up: “Bish”.

Talent you wish you possessed: Languages.

Musical instrument you long to play: Guitar.

Sport you gave up: Hunting in Ireland.

The game you’re best at: Catch with my daughter.

Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Crescent Beach.

Local person you admire most: Milton Wong.

Best concert experience ever: Frank Sinatra.

Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: Procrastination.

The thing you wished people cared more about: Eachother.

The dish you’re most proud of: Any family meal that I can cook for them.

The thing that makes you the most nervous: The global economy.

Town you were born in: Shrewsbury, Shropshire (England).

Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Doc Martin and The Vicar of Dibley.

Album that first made you love music: Bill Hayley and the Comets’ Rock Around the Clock.

The career path you considered but never followed: Arctic Explorer.

The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: Iraq.

Your top 3 films of all time: The Tempest. Being There. Local Hero.

The first three things you do every morning: Tea. Newspapers. Breakfast.

The thing you’re addicted to: Cooking.

Biggest hope: World peace.

Luckiest moment of your life: Meeting my wife, Theresa.

  • Coleen Christie

    I love John even more now!

  • James

    Class act.

  • Luck S.

    $38 prix fixe ??? Enough said…see you all there.

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