Naramata Inn Hires New Chef


Chef Jacob Deacon-Evans has joined Naramata Inn in B.C. The Okanagan local is a farm-to-table champion and is set to continue Naramata Inn’s hyper-local mission as chef Ned Bell passes on the torch. Deacon-Evans has an extensive culinary career which all began at the small Robinson Road Bistro in Naramata at age 16. His commitment to hyper-local, hyper-seasonal ingredients, farmers and suppliers perfectly complement the culinary vision Bell set forth when launching the re-imagined Naramata Inn in 2020.

As the culinary season springs forth, Inn diners can anticipate dishes like Quail & Beets with confit “lollipop” and onion soubise; and “Ted’s Trout” & Dill – all a testament to Naramata’s Inn’s ongoing mission to bring the best of the Okanagan’s gastronomy, lifestyle and artisanship to the world. Deacon-Evans notes Naramata is a magical place and he is thrilled to be returning with his family. The father of two is looking forward to channeling the village’s welcoming, peaceful, whimsical nature into the Inn’s culture, kitchen and creative taste-of-place dishes.

Chef Bell’s final official turns in the Naramata Inn kitchen will happen this May, during the month-long Season of Culinary guest chef collaborations.

Bell and his wife Kate Colley, principals of Hatch Hospitality, are moving back to Vancouver. Columbia Hospitality assumed responsibility for the day-to-day management of the historic Naramata Inn, replacing the operational role of Hatch Hospitality in January.

Bell will continue to work as Buy BC Chef Ambassador, Chef Ambassador for the BC Seafood Festival and in a brand new role — board member and co-chair of Sustainability for the Chefs Table Society. He’ll be back on the sustainable seafood circuit starting with the Boston Seafood Expo this month.

Other projects on Bell’s immediate horizon include an exciting guest chef collaboration with Eataly, Toronto and a visit with friend and supporter, Marilyn Dennis on her national talk show. Colley will continue to lead marketing communications efforts at the Inn, along with her roster of tourism, lifestyle and luxury clients across the Okanagan, Vancouver and globally.


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