Garrett started his culinary career in Fredericton, New Brunswick at age 19. Upon moving to Victoria, British Columbia, Garrett completed his professional culinary arts training at Camosun College. After the 3-year apprenticeship program Garrett left Victoria to spread his wings in South East Asia and Australia, working in various local restaurants. It was during this time that Garrett discovered his true passion for cooking and creating using fresh, local ingredients.
Garrett returned to Victoria in 2001 where he expanded his culinary expertise in several of the area’s top restaurants. Garrett then took a brief hiatus from the hectic culinary life only to learn that the excitement of the gastronomic world lived deep inside his soul and there was no way of escaping it. Garrett joined Vista 18 in September 2007 and was elated to find a venue that continually inspires him in his quest of working with top quality ingredients, fostering relationships with local farmers and producers, and celebrating the sustainable food movement.
For the last number of years, Garrett has hosted CHEK TV’s show Cookin’ on the Coast, where he is able to share his passion with even more people. Garrett assumed the role of Food & Beverage Manager in 2014, adding the Service and Front of house operations to his areas of responsibility.
Mike Dunlop earned his cooking degree from Malaspina University in 1992. Since completion of his certification Mike has held various top culinary positions in notable Victoria establishments such as Topo’s and The Inn at Laurel Point.
Mike joined the culinary team at the Chateau Victoria in 1998 and has been an integral part of the team that has put Vista 18 and Clive’s Classic Lounge on the culinary map in Victoria. Mike’s achievements include numerous awards as well as being an active participant in helping raise funding and awareness for the “Save Madrona Farm” initiative.
Awards & Nominations
- 2011 – Savouries, Sweets & Sips Chef Challenge – People’s Choice Savoury Award
- 2010 – Cops for Cancer Rib Fest – 1st Place Chef’s Choice & Best Overall
- 2006 – Grand Marnier Dessert Challenge – 1st Prize
- 2005 – Grand Marnier Dessert Challenge – People’s Choice
- 2004 – Black Box Competition – 1st Place
- 2002 – Vista 18 Nominated for Restaurant of the Year
- 2001 – Grand Marnier Competition – Media’s Choice Award
- 2000 – Chef Live Cook Competition – Semi-Finalist
Brittany Unwin started her career in food and beverage right here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, as a cashier at the A&W on Douglas Street. Still new to the working world, but with a deep connection and understanding of Vancouver Island community, she soon surpassed coworkers with her strong work ethic and compassion for those around her. In short, a bubbly charisma and bright personality set Brittany apart.
In her twenties, she began work at a new, little-known restaurant in town called Vista 18. This was her first restaurant position, and she quickly fell in love with the space and the people she worked with.
On her way to bigger and brighter things, her position at Vista sadly ended when she decided to move “off the Rock” to Vancouver so she could be close to her twin sister, Jesslyn, and to continue her vocation in customer service.
Brittany spent years in Vancouver building her professional skillset and decorating her resume with many seized opportunities, such as overseeing the main reception desk for one of Vancouver’s largest banks to catering and event management. During this time, Brittany’s side passion and hobby was performing in a popular cabaret just off the Granville strip. Truly, there is more to Brittany than meets the eye.
Eventually, the bigger and brighter city lights lost their lustre. Brittany returned to the island and returned to the beautiful rooftop setting of Vista 18, soaring through the ranks and becoming our Floor Manager. From busser to boss, Brittany’s journey has come full circle, and she smiles knowing that Vista 18 will be a part of her bright future.
A wandering resident of Victoria since his youth, Jonathan began his hospitality career in his late teens as he finished his high school studies. A career that began as a dishwasher at the Boston Pizza grew into a culinary adventure working at Earl’s and opening the Milestones on the inner harbor. From there relocation found Jon working out of Vancouver for some “Dragon” named Jim at Boston Pizza International. It was this period, as a corporate trainer that saw travels as far east as Ottawa, north to Whitehorse, and south to Killeen, Texas. Opening new restaurants and training staff in all facets of the business. Following that busy period, Jon found himself working at the store level for Boston Pizza inside West Edmonton Mall. There he found himself cheering for a woeful hockey club, yet enjoying how the booming economy had affected the foodservice industry. This stretch saw Jon’s family grow with the addition of his first son. Shortly thereafter, the journey led to the West Kootenays. Employment at a local golf club and a quiet place to raise a family were in store. Life changes found Jon back in Edmonton in the late 2000’s. It was here a career shift happened, the step away from casual dining into more formal settings. Years later the island came calling and Jon returned home to Victoria. Since returning he has continued with his extensive hospitality career, and added to his family. Jonathan has been a part of the Chateau Victoria team since 2013, and is proud to call Vista 18 his second home.