Chef Andrew Smith is an Island native who made the round trip west and then back. “I had an opportunity to come back and work on PEI with the ocean sea around us. Like most Islanders, we always come back to where our roots started.”
As with many future chefs, Andrew got his start in the culinary arts as a dishwasher before moving up to working on a line He enjoyed the fast pace and instant gratification of the work, so he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of Canada to broaden his knowledge and develop his skills. Andrew completed his internship at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, where he fell in the love with the rocky mountains and working with game animals in the kitchen. Returning to the Delta after graduation, it wasn’t long before PEI called and he returned home to join the Delta Prince Edward. He joined Red Shores Charlottetown as Executive Chef in 2012.
“In PEI we are so lucky to so many great producers … Island poultry, Island seafood, Island beef, Island pork … at the end of the day we don’t have to go too far for great, fresh, local food.”