In the culinary world, Greg Godfrey, Executive Chef at Silvertip Resort is different...
As seen on T.V., some take total control of the kitchen by shouting orders and pointing fingers. Not Godfrey. He prefers to lead from the front, knowing that perfection comes through integrity, dedication and plain hard work. He’s been mentored by some of the best and knows that he has a duty to pass his passion (and his art) on to those on his team who aspire to reach the same heights.
Whether it be the most delectable seafood from his native Nova Scotia, or tender beef from the sweeping Canadian Prairies, Godfrey likes to take it slow and let flavours speak for themselves. ’There’s only one way to do things and that’s the right way.’ he says.
He learned the right way from mentor, Jeff O’Neill, whom he worked under at the Delta Lodge Kananaskis and also at Predator Ridge Resort. Jacques Pepin is another name that brings a broad smile to the Chef’s face. Pepin inspired Greg’s interest in French cuisine and influences many of the dishes he crafts today.
Hailing from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Godfrey studied criminology at St. Thomas University but soon left to follow his passion for fine food at the Culinary Institute of Canada. With his Red Seal certification in-hand, Chef spent the following sixteen years making his own mark on traditional cuisine.
A willingness to learn, a desire to be different and a focus on staying down-to-earth led to Chef Godfrey’s rapid rise through the ranks. His first look at a professional kitchen was as First Cook at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Excellence there created an opportunity at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge and soon after at the Delta Lodge Kananaskis.
After proving his ability in Kananaskis at one of Western Canada’s busiest establishments, Chef Godfrey moved to Okanagan Wine Country stepping in to role of Executive Sous Chef at Predator Ridge Resort. Delighting in the freshest local ingredients, his skills were clear for all to see, including ownership of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in B.C.’s Columbia Valley. As Fairmont’s Executive Chef, Greg oversaw multiple outlets which quickly became known for the most innovative fare in the valley.
Despite his success in British Columbia, Greg, his wife Janice, and son Noah, have always had their hearts in Alberta and in the Bow Valley in particular. Chef Godfrey comes to Silvertip with high regard for those who came before, but knows that he is ready to take Resort dining to a whole new level by fusing his love of classic French cuisine with the best that Canada has to offer.
Heading up the culinary team at Silvertip Resort is another step in Greg Godfrey’s already illustrious career.
This next dish is sure to exceed all that have come before.