Rob Feenie

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Rob Feenie
EducationDubrulle Culinary Institute (now The Art Institute of Vancouver)
Culinary career

Robert Feenie is a Canadian chef based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Culinary career[edit]

His interest in cooking began during a high school exchange program in Europe.[1] He attended Dubrulle Culinary Institute (now part of The Art Institute of Vancouver).[1] After graduation, Feenie worked as a sous chef at various restaurants, including The Rim Rock Café and Oyster Bar in Whistler, British Columbia and The Cherrystone Cove and Le Crocodile in Vancouver.[1] While at Le Crocodile, Feenie worked stages in France and the United States.[1] Later, Feenie opened Accolade Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Toronto.[1]

Rob Feenie was the founder, co-owner and executive chef of Lumière and Feenie's in Vancouver.[2] Those restaurants garnered critical and public success, including being awarded the prestigious Relais Gourmand designation, four stars from the Mobil Travel Guide and the AAA Diamond Award.[3] In late 2007, Feenie was involved in a dispute with his then business partners. Ultimately, Feenie severed ties with them and left Lumière and Feenie's.[2] On February 5, 2008, Feenie joined casual dining chain Cactus Club Cafe as a "Food Concept Architect".[4][5]

Feenie is also a chef-consultant, who restructured Le Regence in the Hotel Plaza Athene.[1] In July 2004, Chef Feenie was invited to New York by the Canadian Consulate to create an extravagant lunch and dinner at the famous James Beard House in celebration of Canada Day.[citation needed] In February 2009, Feenie became the first "Hokanson Chef in Residence" at NAIT.[6]

Feenie has published three cookbooks, starred in New Classics with Rob Feenie on Food Network Canada, and in 2005 was the first Canadian to win on the popular television show, Iron Chef America, by defeating Chef Masaharu Morimoto.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2000-2004 New Classics with Chef Rob Feenie Himself Host
2005 Iron Chef America Himself/Challenger Season 1 episode 5: "Crab"
Battled Masaharu Morimoto
2011; 2018 Top Chef Canada Himself Season 1 episode 11: "Surf and Turf" and Season 6 episode 1: "The Next Wave"
Guest judge
2018-present Iron Chef Canada Himself One of five Iron Chefs alongside Lynn Crawford, Susur Lee, Amanda Cohen, and Hugh Acheson


  • Rob Feenie Cooks at Lumière
  • Lumière Light
  • Feenie's
  • Vancouver Cooks (Contributor)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Food Network Canada. "Rob Feenie". Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  2. ^ a b Mia Stainsby (2011-02-28). "'Alive for your own funeral': Doors closing at high-end restaurants Lumiere, db Bistro Moderne". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  3. ^ Rob Feenie: The Chef and Restaurant Database (ChefDb) [1]
  4. ^ Longenecker, Justin G. (2003). Small Business Management: Launching and Managing New Ventures. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd. ISBN 978-0-17-650005-4.
  5. ^ "Canada's healthiest restaurants: Cactus Club Café". Best Health. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  6. ^ a b Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. "Chef in Residence Rob Feenie". Retrieved 2011-04-24.

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