Chef Alessandro Vianello photoChef Alessandro Vianello

As Gooseneck Hospitality’s Development Chef, Alessandro Vianello oversees menu development and kitchen operations at all four of the company’s Vancouver restaurants – Wildebeest, Bufala, Lucky Taco and Bells and Whistles – and employs his passion for serving dishes comprising locally sourced and sustainable ingredients that underscore the bounty available to chefs plying their trade in the Pacific Northwest.

Vianello first embarked upon a clear-cut path to culinary success when he enrolled in a chef training program in high school in 2004, then headed overseas to further sharpen his skills in Castello Vicchiomaggio’s kitchen and vineyards in Tuscany, where he developed an abiding appreciation for fine wine and food pairing. He returned to Vancouver to work as Lead Cook at the iconic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and earn his Red Seal certification while graduating at the top of his class at Vancouver Community College before bouncing back across the pond in 2007 to take on the role of Head Chef at 3 AAA Rosette for Esperante in the Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland.

After opening a pair of Prestons Restaurant + Lounge locations in Chilliwack and Vancouver as Executive Chef in 2009, Vianello took his culinary show on the road as co-owner/chef of the highly rated Street Meet food truck in 2011 and went on to helm the back-of-house opening team at ARC Restaurant in the Fairmont Waterfront in 2013 before joining the Gooseneck Hospitality family as Executive Chef of Wildebeest in early 2016.