On The Grill with Peter Raptis from The Refinery & SIP

On The Grill is our new daily series running throughout Dine Out Vancouver 2011. We will feature daily interviews with Vancouver Chefs, restaurant managers and owners.

We kick of the first edition with Peter Raptis, owner of The Refinery and SIP resto-lounge.

What was the last Vancouver restaurant you went to?
Horizons on Burnaby Mountain…it’s a Mom birthday favourite!

Which Vancouver restaurant is your favourite and why?
Blue Water in Yaletown. Never had less than an extraordinary meal there.

What was your first job in the industry?
Expo ’86 I worked as a bus boy at Greek Chef’s Corner for my Dad at the ripe age of 7!

When did you know that you wanted to open your own restaurant?
At one point my father had 12 restaurants and I knew I wanted absolutely nothing to do with the industry. I completely fought it for many years, I mean, I was going to be a dentist when I started university! It seems the theory of it being in ones blood is true, and I am happy that I found my calling.

In seven words or less, tell me what it’s like to work for you.
Stop texting on your cell phone…please!

Which restaurants do you give high fives to in your neighbourhood?
Sushi California in Coquitlam is unreal and always packed, love the spicy tuna!

You can choose only one dinner companion – who is it?
My best friend and business partner, Ryan Newman. When we were young, and had fast burning metabolisms, working at a Cactus Club together we would order food for the two of us on break. The kitchen would be mad that nobody warned them of the table of 8 being rung in! We could have given Adam Richman (Man vs. Food) a run for his money!

Which restaurants would you recommend to a tourist with one day to spend in Vancouver and why?
One day dining… Early brunch at Fraiche – for a great view of the city, followed by a late lunch at the Hart House in Burnaby – so close to the city yet you feel worlds away looking down the grassy courtyard and onto the lake, then homemade flatbreads and world famous cocktails at the Refinery for dinner, after dinner/early evening off to Rodney’s for a few oysters and martini, end the night at SIP lounge on Granville Street – with a live DJ playing, great drinks and great food all night long.

Which Vancouver farmers’ market, food store or suppliers would you recommend?
I get some of the coolest stuff from Cioffi’s in Burnaby, the place is absolutely packed, and an old Italian lady might push you over to get the last skinny sausage, but it’s all part of the experience!

The Refinery and SIP are both offering $28 three-course menus during Dine Out Vancouver. Please click here to view their menus.

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