Head chef Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market Street
Originally from Malaysia, Bee Choo Char has been in Halifax for a little over 16 years. She has spent 15 of them diligently working her way up the ranks at the Prince George Hotel. "I started from the bottom," she says. "I slowly moved up from prep to breakfast cook, line cook, working all over the place" at what she calls "the PG."
Setting down the path to be a chef—"When I was young I had already been helping my mom in the kitchen. Three meals a day every day. Helping a lot in the kitchen made me want to be a chef one day"—she sees nothing but a smoother road for other women in the field in the future. "I know it was once a man's world, but I see more and more women in the cooking industry. As long as they have a passion for it I think anybody can achieve their goal one day," she says.
Now the head chef, Char is quietly one of the city's best cooks, sending out beautifully composed dishes night after night. If that was her goal, it's definitely been achieved.