A celebrated champion of locavores and a staunch proponent of ecological gastronomy, David Gunawan sharpened his skills at acclaimed kitchens in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and Belgium before opening Farmer’s Apprentice in 2013, a South Granville restaurant that sets a new standard for sustainably sourced farm-to-table cuisine and features an exclusive list of natural, organic and biodynamic wine.

Gunawan, who migrated that same culinary and viticultural philosophy to his newly opened wine bar Grapes & Soda, has since garnered numerous accolades for his innovative dishes and ever-changing menus. His culinary approach is dictated by whatever fresh produce arrives at his door from local farmers each day, with Farmer’s Apprentice being named Restaurant of the Year and Best Casual Restaurant at the 2014 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards as well as No. 2 on En Route magazine’s 2014 list of the Best New Restaurants in Canada.