SEEN IN VANCOUVER #424: Hell’s Kitchen Shuttering In Kits A Case Of Abandonment?

The natural consequence of a dozen really good pizzerias opening in Vancouver within a couple of years of each other? Some of the old (and especially the shitty) ones whither and die. Exhibit C: Hell’s Kitchen pizzeria at 2401 West 4th Ave has “closed its doors permanently”. This happened a few days ago, apparently to the financial dismay of many (image found via Reddit).

UPDATE: A few people have commented below or contacted me directly to say that all is not as it seems with this note, specifically that it was written by the landlord. What’s more, several letters of support from staff/suppliers that were taped over the note have reportedly been taken down. So take it with a grain of salt.


Chef Job At Araxi For Gordon Ramsay’s “Hells Kitchen” Winner


We hinted at this back in February, but it’s now been made official. The winner of the upcoming season of Gordon Ramsay’s TV cheffing schadenfreude extravaganza (aka Hells Kitchen) will be rewarded with the Head Chef position at Whistler’s venerable Araxi restaurant, working alongside the masterful James Walt (keeper of the mountain awesome). From the soon to be distributed press release:

In each episode, Ramsay will eliminate one chef while the rest remain to fillet their way toward the grand prize of a Head Chef position at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1981, Araxi continues to raise the culinary bar in Whistler. The winning contestant will have the added privilege of joining executive chef James Walt in welcoming the world during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Not a bad gig at all, and quite the PR coup for Top Table. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, et cetera…

The full Fox Network release after the leap, yankee hyperbole and all. The first line is Tuesday nights will sizzle this summer when Chef Gordon Ramsay blah blah blah. I’m really sorry about that. Read more

Proof That Art History Degrees Aren’t Useless

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…

32 year old restaurateur James Iranzad was born in Iran and came to Vancouver in 1983 by way of London, England. He holds a BA in Art History and Shakespearean Studies from UBC, which is precisely what you’d need if you were the co-owner and operating partner of Corkscrew Entertainment, the parent company that reigns over the Hell’s Kitchen, Flying Tiger, and Abigail’s Party restaurants in Kitsilano. Read more