The Pointe Restaurant at the Tofino Relais & Châteaux property, Wickaninnish Inn, announces Clayton Fontaine as the new Executive Chef.  Fontaine has been a part of the Wickaninnish Inn family as the talented Sous Chef in The Pointe Restaurant since November 2019 and will take on the role of Executive Chef as of May 1, 2023.

Chef Clayton is a wonderful example of the Wickaninnish Inn’s commitment to sustainability and promoting from within. His passion for the local bounty, his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to improving every day excites us and we look forward to him leading our culinary program” says Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director of the Inn.

Clayton grew up in Abbotsford; graduated from Northwest Culinary Academy in Vancouver before venturing out to develop his craft at establishments that “speak to him personally” such as  Osteria Savio Volpe in Vancouver, Lake O’Hara Lodge in the Rockies, Villa Eyrie on the Malahat, Canoe in Toronto, and finally at The Pointe Restaurant. While he has taken inspiration from all the places he has lived and worked, the Island and its ocean air has always drawn him back and the environment and its distinctive culinary possibilities.

The ingredients you find here are some of the best -probably the best – I’ve worked with. Working with foragers, fishers and farmers to incorporate their latest bounty into our culinary program is always an inspiration. I believe it’s of the utmost importance to highlight the beauty and incredible quality of what our Vancouver Island region has to offer” states Fontaine.

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