Royal Dinette has a new executive chef at its helm, Chef Alden Ong. Ong previously served as sous chef and embraces the same heart and thoughtful approach to sustainable cooking Royal Dinette is known for.
A world traveler, Ong cultivated his passion for diverse, international flavours to complement his French-trained cooking techniques at acclaimed eateries in Singapore, the Philippines, and Austin, Texas. When he arrived in Vancouver, Ong worked at Top Table’s Cin Cin. Soon after, he landed at Burdock and Co., and then Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering, which focuses on a “cuisine du terroir” (food of the earth) philosophy.
“I look forward to following that same vein of conscious cooking, as well as pushing the boundaries with unique ingredients and cross-cultural interpretations on classic dishes.”
Born in Taiwan, Chen-Wei immigrated to Montreal at a young age before moving to his home of 20 years in Vancouver. He has always loved eating, trying new things, and hunting down the best culinary offerings. While his love of Chinese food will never die, he’s made it his personal mission to expand his palate by discovering cuisines from other regions. His insatiable curiosity and love of discovering food by way of culture has driven him to travel extensively to experience first hand the various styles, techniques and knowledge informing the preparation of dishes from around the world.
A true people person with 10 years experience under his belt including Vancouver’s Chambar, Wildebeest and Bao Bei, Chen-Wei has had the good fortune to meet a number of dedicated and impassioned diners who have followed him from one establishment to the next. His single-minded love of food has been the driving force behind his inexhaustible desire to provide the best experience and go the extra mile for his guests.
No stranger to the big stage, Kaitlyn can credit a decade of acting and dancing for helping her shine behind the pine and brings a unique combination of creativity, speed and knowledge to her role as bar manager. A fan of shaking up a wide selection of innovative-yet-approachable drinks, Kaitlyn loves to incorporate local spirits and seasonal ingredients akin to Royal Dinette’s locavore mantra.
Before joining the Royal Dinette team, Kaitlyn served as a bartender at local watering holes like Cactus Club, Black & Blue and Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. She is also a regular on the cocktail competition circuit, with impressive first place finishes in the Smirnoff Caesar Challenge and the second annual Canadian Whisky Competition, as well as taking the top West Coast placement in the Speed Rack Canada Female Bartending Competition.