Good Food for All’s Careers in Food Program is our job readiness and employability program offered to East Vancouver youth. We aim to support youth on their continued path to a healthy and productive life after high school by helping them receive training, secure employment, and embark on a career pathway in the food industry. Long term, our goal is to increase stability in their lives and improve long term food security by securing higher incomes.
Heat’s own career path and personal success inspired the creation of the Careers in Food Program. His career trajectory exemplifies what happens when opportunity meets passion and hard work. We invited Heat to speak to youth to describe his journey and what it took to get to where he is today.
Heat grew up in a low income household frequenting food banks. Heat began working in the food industry at establishments like Tim Hortons and Moxies and found a sense of family working in kitchens. Heat’s work ethic led him to find a chef mentor who encouraged him to attend Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Program and start an apprenticeship in the hotel restaurant industry. He was named Employee of the Year at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Heat cooked for athletes in the 2018 and 2018 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and Pyeongchang, South Korea and will again in Tokyo, Japan in 2022. After completing the Aboriginal Business & Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) program, Heat went on to his own venture – One Arrow Artisan Meats – an artisanal bacon company that is a hit at the Vancouver Farmer’s. One Arrow can now be found on Spud.ca!
Together with Good Food for All and the Careers in Food Program, Heat wants to inspire at-risk youth to pursue careers in food:
“If you can get youth to experience the rewards of hard work, commitment and healthy choices it really sets them up for success in adulthood.”
Heat’s Career Path
- Began working in food service at Tim Hortons and Moxies
- Found a career mentor
- Attended Culinary Training at Vancouver Community College
- Completed apprenticeship training at the Westin Hotel
- Gained experience working with world class chefs at the Blue Water Cafe
- Honed his skills working in range of restaurants and specializations at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
- Attended the Aboriginal BEST Program for business and entrepreneur skills at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre
- Founded One Arrow Artisan Meats
- Took a job at Culinary Capers which allows him to work in his field and have access to kitchen space to run his own company
A Commitment to Give Back
Even with a full time job and his own business, Heat still prioritizes giving back to his community. He says, “I’m at the point in my life where I’m going to take my business full time and I want to be able to mentor people who want to be chefs as well. It’s a good way to give back to the community or to people who want to learn how to cook because you have the skill set to be able to teach other people as well.”
True to his personality, Heat brought some incredible prizes to give out at the conclusion of his talk with the youth.