SAHAND BIGLOO & KIARASH TARIKHI
Sahand Bigloo (left) was born in Iran then in 2012, he and his family decided to move to Canada. Sahand got a taste for business at an early age where he helped manage the company Plus. They started with one location in Gastown and were able to expand into many of the major malls across Canada. In 2021 he decided to turn his attention to his true passion, hospitality. He opened Kingpins Bowling which offers bowling lanes, pool tables as well as a restaurant and bar at the heart of North Vancouver. Kingpins opened during the peak of the pandemic lockdowns which had its own challenges. Regardless, Kingpins has been successfully running for over two years. Sahand plans to take a hands-on approach at Gastronomy by taking on the role as Operations Director. He looks forward to seeing guests enjoy the experience of Gastronomy Gastown and being able to offer a fun atmosphere for all. @bigloobowski
Kiarash Tarikhi (right) was also born in Iran (Tehran), in 1994. Kiarash was inspired by culture, history, and poetry in his childhood. Painting grabbed his attention when he was eight years old, he then started experimenting with street art and graffiti in 2009. Tarikhi pursued an education in architecture and got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tehran. Soon after his graduation, he started a career in interior design. In 2016, he decided to move to Canada to build a career in the fashion industry. Chasing a second diploma, he started studying fashion design at The Art Institute of Vancouver and since then, his designs have been getting him attention. This led him to start his first label, King & Reign. His innovative fashion designs have been showcased at London and Vancouver Fashion Week and Cannes Film Festival. In 2021, Kiarash steered his creative focus towards digital art and entertainment. HE launched his first two NFT art collections and hosted the first physical NFT Art Gallery in the Western Canada. He plans to take his creative influence and immerse it into Gastronomy by taking on the role as Creative Director and marketing. He is most looking forward to creating a brand new dining experience for Gastown. @kiarashtk
SELIM LOUIS DAHMANE
Selim Louis Dahmane started cooking at the age of 20 casually for his friends and that’s when he realized it was his passion. Dahmane decided it was time to make it a career, which lead him to enroll for culinary school in Paris for 3 years. During that time he had an incredible opportunity to work for one of the most famous chefs, Alain Ducasse at le Meurice 2* Michelin Star. He rapidly understood that being in the kitchen was the best way to express himself every day. In April 2018, Selim decided to move to Montreal, Canada.
He worked as Chef de Partie at Toqué with chef Normand Laprise, also known as one of the godfathers of Canadian cuisine. He then moved to Vancouver, where he worked for the Hawksworth Group for more than 3 years. He moved through the ranks quickly as Chef de Partie, Sous Chef in the catering section, finally taking on the role “Chef of the Nightingale frozen Pizza Production”. All of this contributes to Selim’s experience to take on the role of head chef for Gastronomy. He looks forward to offering his guests a part of who he is and to showcase the best pizza experience in town.
Alessandro Vianello was born in North Vancouver. Alessandro is a seasoned culinary expert in the city and started cooking at a very young age. His family is from Venice, Italy and food was always a huge part of his upbringing. The award-winning chef has taken on the role of chef consultant for Gastronomy Gastown. Chef Vianello brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the city’s culinary scene from his days spearheading Vancouver’s food truck industry in 2012 to his time in the kitchens at restaurants like ARC Restaurant, Wildebeest, and Pourhouse, to serving as the executive chef of Kitchen Table Restaurants since 2019. Some of his accomplishments include placing second in the Gold Medal Plates, being voted as one of the Best Chefs in Vancouver for the Georgia Straight’s annual Golden Plates issue, and appearing on the Food Network’s Great Food Bucket List. He now operates his own consulting and high end private event company. He is most looking forward to creating an exciting and diverse menu for the guests at gastronomy. As well as hopefully bringing a fresh dining experience to this side of Gastown. @chefavianello