National award for Okanagan chef

One of the Okanagan’s own chefs was recently celebrated on the national scale after his cookbook took home a silver medal in Toronto.

Chef Rod Butters, co-owner of Raudz, Micro Bar & Bites and Sunny’s in Kelowna as well as Oliver’s Terrafina, published Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking in August 2017.

This past weekend, Butters flew to Toronto for the Taste Canada Awards, the country’s only national, bilingual writing awards, and on Monday the book was awarded silver in the Regional/Cultural Cookbooks category.

“I was blown away by certainly how many people were there, and just the scope of the event was phenomenal,” Butters said. “It was very humbling, and I don’t get humbled too often.”

While Butters has contributed to many cookbooks in the past, The Okanagan Table is his first solo effort. He jokes that it took his entire 39-year cooking career to create the book.

Butters first moved to the Okanagan in 2001 to open Kelowna’s Fresco, which has since become Raudz.

“(The book) is certainly primarily focused on the Okanagan and the incredible suppliers and wineries and breweries and distillers and everyone else we have here,” Butters said. “I call it the chef’s ultimate playground.”

Many of the recipes in the book can be found at his several Okanagan restaurants.

“I wanted this to be a book that people would actually cook from, not some coffee table, chef-driven, foo foo book for my chef buddies to pat me on the back for. I really wanted it to be for the home cook, so that was the most difficult part for me,” he said.

“I think that’s been the success of it, from what I’ve heard from everybody, which I’m incredibly proud of.”

The book, now into its second printing, can be found at all of Butters’ restaurants, along with local bookstores and online at Amazon.ca.

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