Derek has been with Starbelly since October 2016. One of the creative minds behind our food & cocktail menus, Derek draws inspiration from his travels around the globe and from experimenting with flavour combinations in his kitchen at home.
Bringing 20 years of hospitality experience to the table (pun intended), Derek has held many positions in hospitality ranging from bus boy, nightclub bartender, pub manager and a senior GM of one of Canada's largest chain restaurants. Wanting a new challenge, Derek decided to embark on a new path to grow an independent restaurant. Armed with his years of experience, passion and knowledge of food, wine, spirits and cocktails, the Starbelly brand has become one of his proudest career achievements.
Outside the restaurant, Derek is an avid sports fan who can usually be found on either the ball diamond, golf course or ski hill. He is a level 3 sommelier, collector of Japanese knives and grew up during the "frosted tips" and boy band era! His happy place includes spending time in hot weather near palm trees with his wife Brandy and daughter Palmer.
Chantal has been with Starbelly since May 2019 and has grown fast with Starbelly, most recently becoming our General Manager!
Chantal Grew up in Peterborough Ontario and has 15 years of experience in the industry ranging from host, to GM and everything between. She absolutely loves her Starbelly Family and thrives working along side amazing and experienced people from far and wide. If you have a sweet tooth she has you covered as her candy stash isn’t far away. Not only does she have a passion for cooking and creating dishes at home, she even named her kitty after a food item, Tuna!
Chantal loves people and being a mentor but during her time away from the restaurant you will find her dreaming of the ocean, camping, gardening, soaking in the mountain views and sipping on a glass of Riesling!
Dan has been with Starbelly since June 2017. He is responsible for menu & recipe development and leading the kitchen brigade.
Dan has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years and has fond memories of his journey to get to Starbelly.
Inspired by his past mentors, Dan is passionate about paying it forward and working with aspiring chefs to put as much effort into building relationships with both food and people alike. Dan believes that fresh, unique, simple food is the foundation of health.
Dan loves movies, music and going to concerts. He loves playing slopitch, enjoying road trips, hanging out on patios and relaxing by himself with the silence that he rarely gets in the kitchen.
Rob was born and raised on the West Coast, spending most of his time in Vancouver, and is very excited to join the Starbelly Family as the resident Canucks fan.
Rob got hooked on the food and beverage industry at a young age, and never looked back. Rob is a lover of wine, and has completed his WSET 2 course, with aspirations to take on level 3. Italian wine and cuisine are his absolute favorite, and he would eat pasta 7 times a week if it were not for all those carbs!
Rob loves keeping active, whether it is running, going to the gym, golfing, or going for bike rides, as long as it means he can soak up as much sun as possible. He finds relaxation in cooking and has been known to whip up a feast at 9pm after a long day of work. No matter how busy he can be, he always makes sure to get lots of quality time with his beautiful family.
Justin has been with Starbelly since February 2020 and is already an excellent addition to our Starbelly team.
Justin has been in the industry for 17 years and loves experimenting with new food but also loves cooking food the traditional way to allow quality ingredients speak for themselves.
Justin is a hard worker but on his days off he enjoys keeping fit and escaping to the mountains in his white sports car.