Long before it became ``trendy`` to serve regional food, Rod has always been committed to this effort.
Audrey holds Level 3 certification by WSET an internationally recognized wine and spirits certification authority.
Growing up in the Okanagan, Nav was surrounded by an abundance of fresh produce and hard-working passionate farmers inspiring her to enrol in Dubrulle Culinary Institute in Vancouver. Following graduation and after a number of years honing her skills and working in Vancouver restaurants, Nav left the country and found a home at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Maze in Melbourne, Australia. Missing Canada, she returned to Toronto and worked at the award-winning French-influenced Auberge Du Pommier before returning to the Okanagan as Senior Sous Chef at The Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate. Nav’s farm to table philosophy and close relationships with local producers became her signature and she moved to Old Vines restaurant at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery as Chef de Cuisine.
Always looking for the next culinary challenge and to expand her skill set, Nav moved to Vancouver to work at internationally recognized Hawksworth in fall 2016 as Head Chef, and later moved into the role of Catering Chef, expanding the catering department of Hawksworth and executing high end events throughout BC and Toronto.
In Spring 2019 the call of the valley was impossible to resist and Nav returned to her roots accepting the position of Chef de Cuisine of RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.
Jason began his pastry career at Fresco, the fine dining restaurant owned by Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao that opened in 2003 in downtown Kelowna. He joined Fresco following his graduation from Thompson Rivers University Culinary Arts program. After a few years, Jason moved to Vancouver continuing to develop his pastry skills at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts before moving to Lebanon to work at Restaurant Burgundy. Jason returned to Vancouver in 2011 working as Pastry Cook at Hawksworth before heading east to Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in Toronto for five years. Jason returned to the Okanagan in 2017 working at Waterfront Café & Catering before returning to the same space where he began his career, Fresco, now RauDZ Regional Table as Pastry Chef for RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd (RCC) in Spring 2019. Jason joined the team in Spring 2019, to manage and oversee the pastry program for all four of the RCC restaurants and is excited to bring his creativity to all of the dessert menus.
Chris Braun, formerly Chef de Cuisine at RauDZ Creative Concepts' micro bar & bites was appointed Chef de Cuisine at RauDZ Regional Table in August 2018.
Braun began his cooking career at RauDZ Regional Table, later acting as opening chef for another restaurant in Kelowna, then taking time for an Advanced Salumi course in Italy and eventually finding his way back to the RCC family taking the helm at micro bar & bites. In addition to his new role at RauDZ Regional Table, he is also a member of Culinary Team BC. Culinary Team BC is a group of talented BC-based chefs who represent the province as its culinary ambassadors at competitions around the world. Braun, a father of two, is active in the community volunteering his time with the Chefs in the Classroom – edible education program sharing his passion for food with Grade 3 students in the community.
Managing RauDZ Regional Table is Melanie Kronbauer. Kronbauer recently returned to the Okanagan after years spent working in restaurants in Dublin, Ireland, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born and raised in Vernon she could not longer resist the pull to return to the valley and recently returned to Kelowna and is now the smiling face greeting the RauDZ guests each evening.
To see the backbone of RauDZ Regional Table, you only have to look as far as the kitchen where, behind the clear glass and stainless steel, a talented group of cooks put out hundreds of dishes on a daily basis.
Their work begins early in the day, with prep and carries on until well after the last guest leaves.
Talented, and hard-working, the staff in the kitchen are able to successfully carry out Chef Butter’s vision and their impact on the success of the restaurant cannot be understated.
Next time you come in, look behind the frosted glass and see Canada’s next top chefs.
Chef Butters along with Chef de Cuisine Chris Braun ensure only the best is served.
RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd own/operate four restaurants in the Okanagan Valley including micro bar • bites only steps away from RauDZ Regional Table and Sunny’s Modern Diner around the corner on Bernard Avenue. Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ is located in Oliver. The recently announced fifth location, The Okanagan Table – kitchen | events | catering will open in Summer 2019.