Meet the Executive Chef


Executive Chef Michael Pataran brings nearly 30 years of experience to Clayoquot Wilderness from around the globe as an award-winning chef, sommelier, certified sake professional and educator, food writer, restaurant designer and consultant. For the past three years, Pataran resided in Cambodia, where he opened Agave Cocina Restaurant in Phnom Penh and served as Executive Chef and F&B Director at Song Saa Private Island in 2015-2016.

The Ontario native honed his culinary skills throughout Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia before settling back in Toronto at some of the city’s critically acclaimed restaurants including Monsoon, Rain, the Windsor Arms Hotel and Wildfire at Taboo Resort. Pataran is known for challenging traditional culinary boundaries with his unique ‘Faith’ tasting menus and artful Asian inspired dishes.

His impressive list of accolades include being crowned the 2004 IAAC World International Champion Chef by defeating six other finalists from resorts and hotels from around the world. Pataran also received the utmost honour in 2003 by being invited to cook and host a sold-out luncheon and dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City as the guest chef for Canada Day; only the second person to ever execute a luncheon and dinner event on the same day.

Learn more about Chef in our Q&A with him on the blog HERE.