Liana Robberecht, one of Canada’s distinguished leaders in the culinary industry and is currently the executive chef at WinSport. The native of Smithers, B.C., joined WinSport in June 2015 after nearly two decades at the prestigious Calgary Petroleum Club, including 13 years as the executive chef.
Her career path started with the professional cooking program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology completing her journeyman the Southern Institute of Technology to complete her red seal certification. She also earned her professional pastry diploma from Vancouver’s Dubrulle French Culinary School and studied various mediums at the Alberta College of Art and Design, which is reflected in her menu and artistic plating designs.
Chef Liana was named Chef of the Year in 2011 by the Alberta Foodservice Expos and Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice News magazine and received the 2010 Golden Whisk Award from the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Chef Liana also was awarded Calgary Champion Award, Calgary Meetings & Conventions 2016 & 2017, and was also was awarded Outstanding Industry Contributions in 2018, from Canadian Restaurant & Bar Show.
She is a regular contributor to the CBC Radio, as well as a contributing food writer for Restaurantcentral.ca. Robberecht is passionate for local and Canadian cuisine and is a forward-thinking trend setter in the areas of gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options. This passion led her to create Planted – a series of events first created in 2018 to bring chefs & community together to celebrate plant-forward cuisine.
Her impressive resume also includes participation in a James Beard Foundation dinner, Women of the Wild West, Cook it Raw Alberta, Speaker at Advancing Women of Agriculture Conference and guest speaker at Food On The Edge in Ireland.