Victor Bongo is a talented African-Canadian chef. He gained his respectable reputation by challenging the culinary standards by incorporating different ethnic flavours in his exquisite dishes. He wrote his first book, “The Excellence of Chef Victor Bongo” published by Xlibris Corporation in March 2009. He is in a middle of
compiling all of his ideas for his second book, “Chef Bongo from the Congo.”
Chef Bongo is a member of Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) and the World Association of Chef Societies (WACS). Chef Bongo has endless achievements that he truly deserves due to his professionalism, passion, and hard work. Chef Victor Bongo credits the foundation of his career to his mentor Edmund Liew, the 3-star Michelin Chef who was part of the winning Team Canada-Alberta at The World Culinary Cup in Luxembourg. Below is the brief overview of what he has accomplished since 2007.
He worked at several reputable organizations in Vancouver such as, Marriott hotel, Four Seasons hotel, and Bacchus Restaurant in Wedgewood hotel. He also had the honor of working for Holland America Cruise Lines. One of the highlights in his culinary career as an Executive Chef is working at The Raven hotel and Gourmet restaurant in the Yukon. The later is rated one of the best restaurants by the “Where to Eat in Canada” national food guide. Currently, Victor Bongo is the Executive Chef of Establishment Lounge in Vancouver. This cozy and fun restaurant specializes in International Fusion Dishes.
Numerous articles have been published about Chef Bongo’s remarkable food creations. Some of these reputable newspapers include: Vancouver Metro, Vancouver Sun, Now Newspapers, Tri-City newspapers, Westender Weekly, Vancouver Observer, Georgia Straight, and Snap Newspaper.
In addition to these articles, he has also been featured in several magazines. In 2011, Tiding’s Food and Wine Magazine has chosen him to be “One of the Top Canadian Maverick Chefs”. Hello Vancity, Mwinda Afro – Caribbean Magazine, YFM Magazine and Flavored World Magazine also acknowledged his amazing work.
Television producers have also taken an interesting peak at Chef Bongo’s career. He has been invited twice by CTV to do a cooking show for City Cooks. Chef Bongo has captured another network’s attention when he did a cooking show segment for Global TV.
One of the most exciting paths in his career was when Pilsner Cook book featured his “Pilsner Goat Cheese and Pistachio Nut Cheesecake” in 2012. He is very honored to be in this prestigious cookbook.
Recently, he has been featured on 24-hour Newspaper as the “Outgoing Chef”
that livens up Establishment Lounge. He not only has the passion for food, but the
passion for life.
Chef Bongo already has a lot on his plate; however, he ensures that he contributes as much as possible to events where he is needed. In 2011, he made an appearance as a celebrity judge for the Imagine event. In 2012, he also participated in the Fusion Festival Celebrity Chef event. In the same year, he demonstrated his marvelous cooking skills at the BC Home and Garden Show.
The busy chef is unstoppable. By 2013 he already attended three significant events of the year. He entertained people with his prominent culinary skills at the “Eat Vancouver” event. He attended the Canadian Obesity Summit. Lastly, Victor Bongo as a healthy cooking chef showed his presence at the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC (AMSSA) Health Fair event.
Nominations and Awards
His noticeable food creations have landed him “The Chef of the Year” in the Yukon Territories four years in a row from 2008 to 2011. In addition to these, he was also awarded a “Gold Medal as the Youngest Accomplished Chef “ in 2008 by the CCFC. Another award was given by Chef’s Congress to Victor Bongo in 2010 as “One
of the Top Ten Best Chefs in all of Canada”.
Chef Bongo achieved his “Gold Plate Award” by creating an incredible menu in 2012, his best year yet. Helping to reach this achievement when Georgia Straight Readers’ Choice awarded Daniel’s restaurant as the best restaurant in Vancouver. Victor Bongo was the Executive Chef at Daniel’s restaurant at the time.
Chef Bongo and the Community
In addition to his extraordinary work in the kitchen, Chef Bongo is dedicated to providing positive changes in the community both in Vancouver and in Africa. He is the Vice President of Chain De La Solidarite Nord Sud Foundation, a not-for-profit organization giving assistance to the people in developing countries around the world.
Chef Bongo is currently working closely with the Dr. Greg Chang of Super Chefs of the Universe, which is devoted to the prevention of childhood obesity. They run a program that focuses on teaching children to have healthy eating habits.
You can read more about Chef Victor Bongo and his cookbook at www.chefvictorbongo.com