2015 Foodies of the Year: Nathin Bye
The &27 Chef is an Edmonton prodigy.
Bye has the resumé of a person twice his age. In true Western Canadian fashion, he started washing dishes at Earls when he was 15—and by the time he was 30, he had already won Edmonton’s Gold Medal Plates twice and opened four restaurants for other people. But he’s here for his fifth venture, &27 (pronounced Ampersand 27), which is his own place on Whyte Avenue. It’s here where he’s taking all of those years of experience and creating a cuisine that’s about a certain place—native ingredients, provided by local purveyors, served on plates made by local potters.
Some of the hallmarks of &27: handmade salumi, crockery and preserves.