The Caterer is serving up a side of passion with local food

He’s honed his culinary skills around the world, but Burnaby is the chosen home for Chef Shay Kelly.

“I’ve travelled throughout England, Australia, France, Indonesia, New York, Asia and Africa, working for some prestigious restaurants and catering companies along the way,” says Kelly, the founder of The Caterer and T-Bird Cafe.

"In London, Shay was the Catering sous chef for #10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s residence. In Australia, he was the Executive Chef for a prominent yacht club overseeing a restaurant, bistro and hospitality room.”

His experience may be international, but his passion is local.

"I can't get all our ingredients local," Kelly says, "but I give it a real good try. All my meat is local and most of our produce. There's such an abundance of local food available on farms from here to Abbotsford."

With the tag line "vibrant, playful and brave," Kelly and his team at The Caterer relish bringing new taste experiences to the Lower Mainland.

"I like to keep everything new and fresh," he explains. "Everything except for the bread is made on the premises. We even roast and grind our own spices. I know every ingredient that goes into our food. We use all fresh food with no preservatives."

The Caterer plans menus and cooks for a diverse range of corporate clients, in addition to weddings and family-style buffet events. (Ask Chef Kelly about "Shay’s Usual," which is anything but.)

"It's different every time," he laughs. "I like to live life on the edge; I like different things. At home I don't cook the same thing every night. Keep it fresh; be brave."

For more information on The Caterer and Chef Shay Kelly's exciting menus, call 778.723.0121, visit the website at, email, or drop by the T-Bird Café at #106-3191 Thunderbird Crescent, Burnaby. The Caterer can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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