Sebastián Delgado Sánchez’s culinary journey comes full circle at Ancora False Creek. The Peruvian-born chef pays homage to his roots by using the exotic flavours and time-honoured techniques of his homeland as inspiration for each dish.
Sebastián first began sharpening his blade in kitchens across Lima while attending culinary school at the Paul Bocuse Institute at San Ignacio de Loyola. Post-graduation, he hopped the pond to continue his training under the tutelage of celebrated Spanish chef and restaurateur, Juan Mari Arzak at his eponymous Michelin-starred establishment, Arzak in San Sebastián. After a year at Arzak, Sebastián returned to Lima and bolstered his resume with a four-year turn as Executive Chef at Olé Bar Restaurante before venturing back to Spain and anchoring a number of kitchens in Barcelona, Santander, Guadalajara and Madrid.
In 2018, Sebastián joined the Ancora family at the original False Creek location adding a dash of discipline, panache and enthusiasm to the team. With his love for Peruvian and Asian cuisine, great organizational skills and fastidiousness, it allows him to optimize his talents and create unforgettable dining experiences for Ancora’s guests. When he is not cooking in the Ancora kitchen, he can be found flipping through cook books from around the world for inspiration.
This Japan native brings some serious culinary chops (and matching knife skills) to Ancora’s kitchen. Originally from the port city of Tsururga, Yoshi is a born-and-bred seafood lover. He brought his passion with him when he moved to Vancouver at the tender age of 19, where he began building his reputation and CV as a masterful sushi chef. The certified Fugu (blowfish) and Japanese-specialty chef co-owned and served as head of various local kitchens, including Shijo (from 1987 to 1996), and Yoshi (1996 to 2002).
In addition to running kitchens at his own establishments, he was responsible for building the raw bar and exceptional sushi offerings during his tenure at the renowned Blue Water Cafe, and during his time as Master Sushi Chef at Ki Modern Japanese.
Yoshi’s dishes are marked by their beauty and immaculate execution. Lauded as one of the best cut-men and sushi chefs in Western Canada, Yoshi’s expert sushi and sashimi creations have earned him his own cult following.
When this self-proclaimed sushi purist isn’t serving up his artistic flare to Ancora’s guests, you can find him on a nearby golf course, creating pottery or travelling to select sunny destinations with wife Teresa.
GENERAL MANAGER + SOMMELIER
Originally from England, Yana thanks Majestic Wine, a London based wine retail store, for starting her career and igniting her passion for wine. It also sparked her desire of connecting with people and sharing her technical knowledge with them.
After moving to New Zealand, Yana found her niche and used her skills to deliver extraordinary hospitality as well as implementing many wine experiences at The Rees Hotel in Queenstown. Her highlight was giving bespoke helicopter wine tours for patrons at this exclusive 5-star resort.
Yana has been accompanied by a unique talent making her a 'supertaster', which allows her to palate a broader scope of sensations and flavours than the average person. Not only has this handy talent truly made Yana a wine and fare master, it also aids in amplifying her patrons' experiences at Ancora False Creek.
Aside from creating remarkable food and wine matches, Yana loves pairing Vancouver‘s iconic offerings – the mountains and the ocean with dining and wine experiences. You can always find her improving her skills at the best local restaurants alongside great company after finishing a challenging local hike.
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
Lawrence has constantly been drawn to environments offering amazing views and an amplified and memorable hospitality experience. Not far from his Manchester home, he found the path that would lead him to his passion and pride in his hospitality career. His drive to provide quality experiences is what lead Lawrence to the Viaggio Hospitality Group in 2016.
Originally from England, Lawrence found himself in scenic Vancouver while on a working holiday visa where he quickly felt inspired to continue pursuing his hospitality management in a brand new country. Lawrence’s roots were planted in the hospitality industry when he first begun at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Manchester. Lawrence’s awe was sparked by the wholesome hands-on experience of the family owned company. Their passion, pride and honesty alongside locally sourced ingredients inspired him to carry these values throughout his work for over 10 years now. Being involved in competitive sports in his childhood, Lawrence looks back fondly on those memories which have aided him in his current life as a supportive, trusty team member with a desire to take his team to the highest level.
Having managerial experience in England, New Zealand and Australia, Lawrence has had his fair share of impressive sights. His preference for amazing views and stunning patios is an essential part of the ideal hospitality experience for his patrons.
BAR MANAGER & LEAD BARTENDER
Kam values the importance of making lasting memories by enjoying parties and sparking happiness in those who surround his bubbly presence. As a natural socializer who loves to tell a good story, he makes the most out of being a professional bartender and mixologist at Ancora False Creek.
Kam was born in Iran, but at the age of 22, an enthusiastic drive to better his life and begin his journey as a bartender brought him to move to Vancouver where he attended the University of British Columbia. His original passion laid in 10 years of professional engineering, but was delightfully introduced to the world of bartending started when he started a part time job at Koerner’s Pub while attending University. Currently as the bar manager and lead bartender at Ancora False Creek, Kam’s personal goal is to pursue his hospitality passion with his own start-up, “The Volatile Project”. Plans with this project will bring an alternative hospitality experience by leveraging art and entertainment.
As someone who seeks adventure and culture in traveling to over 30 countries and over 50 cities, Kam adores the broad diverse background that comes with the hospitality industry. He finds great awe in having the opportunity to work with people from all around the globe.