Chef Mark Ashton’s creativity with food showed up at an early age when, for an after-school snack, he invariably opened a can of soup and headed to the vegetable bin and spice rack to jazz it up!
He now brings a world of experience to the The Patio at Lake Breeze. After graduating from a private French Culinary School in 1993, Mark spent many years in the competitive fine dining industry of Vancouver before becoming Executive Chef of an award winning Italian restaurant. In early 2002, the lure of travel and getting to the roots of some traditional cuisines he had grown to love, led him to the Mediterranean – from Spain and Italy to the French Riviera where he further honed and broadened his culinary skills as a personal chef on private yachts.
Having met the love of his life in France, Mark and Helen eventually worked as a team out of San Diego – drawing them closer to Canada and their decision to return here together. Choosing the Okanagan Valley for its beauty and wine industry, they started their new life as owners of the Casa del Coyote B&B in 2008.
Not satisfied with only cooking breakfasts for his guests, Mark was fortunate to find Lake Breeze where he is once again inspired to pursue his passion for artful presentation of food, partnered with our wines. His philosophy is accenting full bodied flavour without complication; choosing products at their peak; and, creating tastes to interest and entice.
Please join us and enjoy!