A Chef's Journey

My name is Michael Anderson, I have been cooking food for people since I was 9 years old. My brother, sister and I had to cook for our family one night a week. These are my first memories in the kitchen.I remember working as a dishwasher in my first restaurant watching the Chef and saying to myself I want to do that.

With experience and travel, my passion for food grew over the years. The adrenaline rush I got from working in restaurants fed my competitive nature. I acknowledged that a formal culinary education is important for any Chef, and I recognized the best experience is to travel. I worked at various levels in kitchens all over North America and the Caribbean. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and then started my professional career in New York City. My love for the outdoors lead me to Vail, Colorado where I was an Executive Chef, and ultimately here to Canmore, Alberta to realize my dream to open my own Private Chef/Catering company.

I have been taught that being a good Chef is more than just being a good cook – you have to be a problem solver, a manager, an accountant, an artist, and have great relationships with customers. I am grateful to be passionate about my work and I live by the words passed on to me from a wise man while learning to bake bread:


"If you don't cook with love - then don't cook at all."

Bringing people together with imaginative menus, excellent service, & delicious food.

We were looking forward to a new and exciting culinary experience, and we got it in our very own home! After a busy day, and a busy week – there was nothing better than being met by our own personal chef when our work was done. Our 4 course meal was amazing, and soon after we were finished, Mike was all cleaned up as well! Mike did an excellent job and we definitely recommend having a ‘night out, but stay in’ with Bow Valley Gourmet! You will be glad you did!
chef at home
Thank you very much for making our wedding on October 12, 2013 at Solara Resort so perfect!The turkey dinner was delicious and the guests loved it (especially because they didn’t have to cook their own turkey that weekend!). Your team was amazing and so professional. You took care of every little detail, including having extra appetizers for the wedding party. Thank you again for all your hard work and the outstanding food and service! We will be recommending your services again and again!
Amanda and Cory
Canmore wedding