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inthekitchen a competitive spirit, there comes a time to break away and try something new. A growing desire to become a restaurateur prompted the decision to leave the Four Seasons franchise in 2006 to open his first restaurant, Crave. Aiming to fashion “a place where you could come in for a good bottle of wine and a burger,” Wayne secured an ideal location in Vancouver’s trendy Mount Pleasant. Positioned on Main Street amongst the hipster haunts, brewpubs, coffee houses and health-conscious joints, the venture allowed Wayne to make his mark with his own creations, fast- tracking his popularity and piquing the interest of some of the best culinary talent in the food industry. By the Fall of 2007, the capable chef had “and I can identify with how genuine Manitobans are. They have an energy I just love.” In 2015, he opened Capital Grill and Bar in Charleswood, a location he felt was under-serviced. Three years later, Winnipeggers have come from all corners of the city to experience his unique blend of haute technique and unfussy comfort food. Part of Capital Grill’s appeal is the menu of tantalizing ingredients that anyone can understand and pronounce. The self-professed “chef of the every man” embraces the prairies and serves beloved favourites like bucatini with pesto while elevating basil sauce with the luxe creaminess of ground cashews. Hints of his west coast tenure are sprinkled When it comes to food and people, image and style are great, but both must have authenticity and substance. partnered with a private investor to open two West Vancouver restaurants: Fraiche in West Vancouver’s British Properties, and Crave Beachside in 2008. The new spots catered to an aff luent clientele, stamping his mark on high-end cuisine while garnering accolades during the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Though praised as one of Vancouver’s finest executive chefs, the hectic pace of m a n a g i ng mu lt iple bu s i ne s s e s conf l ic ted w it h h is dow n-to-ea r t h approach. Questioning the direction he was heading, Wayne faced the heart- wrenching decision to leave his beloved rain city - his “longest breakup ever.” The call of Canada’s heartland had Wayne thinking back on his time in Ontario, and after much deliberation, he closed Crave on Main Street in 2013 and headed to Manitoba the following year. Winn \Yٙ\Y[ܝ[]H™]HݙY]YHوH]Xx&\˜XZ[XXK'H[[H\H\Y][™ܙX]\[[\K8'H^\^HKMX[H [ڝ[ \[ZYY[Y]\Y[K]\\[ܙB[H\X]Y]H[ݙYXYX›X[[^[x&\[ \\[Y HB[\\K\^Y[[\ܘXZK[\[[ܚ\K[[]X]][\[\Hœ\XH\Y\XZ[KX[YHH\\و\H]ˈ\ݙHقXY \XX[H[[ۈ[[X] [[ۜ]\\X\H[[X]BX[H][][HHXXH[XH]B[H[]\[ٛ[]\[Y]X[\\X][ۋ^[H\œ\ۈH[و\\X\]\[\]\[˂'[]Y\[[K[XYH[[H\HܙX] ]]\]H]][X]H[X[K8'H^[B^\[[[\[\[\Y’]\ ]HXۙ\][ܚ[[\][ۈY[Y[۝ۈ[ N ^[H۝[Y\[]\[Y[\\]\HYܝXH[X\XB]\[ۙK