Member Biography: David Speight

Chef David

What organizations are you affiliated with? I am Executive Chef & Culinary Director at the University of British Columbia.

What motivated you to join the VFPC? As my professional journey has evolved I have become really interested in the role a professional chef can play in regards to the local and regional food system. I am passionate about the role local nutritious food can play in relation to establishing healthy and sustainable communities. I feel this council is a great opportunity for me to utilize my working knowlegde of the food industry as well as further my passions around food advocacy.

What are your areas of expertise in the food system? (and/or) What are your skills? As a professional chef working in the Vancouver hospitality industry for the past 20 years I have a  strong understanding of both our local and regional food systems. I have worked in large operations that hold large buying powers and I have worked towards moving food purchases closer to home. I have seen how the system works and I have concerns about the sustainability of the current system and I am dedicated to working to find alternatives for the future.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself; (and/or) What is one of your proudest food system-related accomplishments? During my six years at Rogers Arena I created and implemented a back of the house composting & recycling program as well as a food donation program in partnership with the Vancouver Food Bank and Angel Food Runners. While creating those programs I worked closely with Metro Vancouver during the planning stages of the Food Scraps & Soiled Paper Recycling campaign.

Which VFPC working group(s) are you currently active on and/or do you co-chair? I Chair the Development Working Group and am a member of the School Food Working Group.