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
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.