Our Culinary Philosophy
A testament to this region, the Terrace Restaurant embraces what is grown around us. Like our wines, our culinary practices are rooted within the valley. Locality, seasonality, simplicity, and resourcefulness inspire every dish we serve you.
When the valley thrives, we thrive. This motto drives Chef Patrick Gayler’s culinary practices — the ingredients he uses grow in the same terroir as our vineyards. With his close relationships with local farms and farmers, the Terrace Restaurant features in-season, fresh plates. By working with our winemakers, the culinary team ensures these plates are paired thoughtfully to the wine you are served.
When Chef Patrick’s not visiting local farms, running the Terrace Restaurant’s kitchen, or overseeing canning, pickling, and curing, he tends to the estate garden. Beehives, an organic herb garden, and an orchard are all products of the sustainable practices upheld at Mission Hill Family Estate.
Chef de Cuisine
As a young cook, Heather travelled to Rome to work in a Michelin star restaurant and left inspired by the high level of execution and determination found amongst the team. She returned to Canada keen to see where the industry could take her and swiftly moved again from Toronto to Kelowna to experience the Okanagan Valley.
Since joining the team in 2015, Heather’s passion for fine dining has only grown as she has discovered the quality ingredients that the Okanagan has to offer. In her current role as Chef de Cuisine Heather works closely with farmers, foragers and local artisans to source out and utilize only seasonal products. Each summer she embraces the challenges that come with operating a seasonal restaurant and is constantly looking for ways to further the culinary program at Mission Hill.
"If the valley thrives, we thrive. We're dedicated to the sourcing and promotion of local, sustainable, seasonal food. This approach lends itself to a light-handed manner of preparation that respects the character of the ingredient and where it is grown. "
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