The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort is thrilled to announce the arrival of Chef Lukas Exelby, a renowned culinary artist with a remarkable background in the hotel and restaurant industry, as the new Head Chef of the Treetop Tapas & Grill. Chef Lukas brings a passion and expertise honed through years of experience at establishments such as The Empress Hotel, Saveur Restaurant, and Union Club in Victoria, BC.

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Trained in the art of classical French cuisine, Chef Lukas’ journey into the culinary world began unexpectedly but grew into a career marked by dedication and innovation. His 12-year mentorship under the esteemed Chef Boban Kovachevich at Harrison Resort and Spa shaped his style, instilling a profound appreciation for nature’s bounty, sourcing ingredients from fishermen and ranchers to foraging in the forest. This is evident in his favourite dish, beef bourguignon, epitomizing his culinary approach – versatile and timeless.

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At Treetop Tapas & Grill, Chef Lukas aims to introduce an elevated dining experience, focusing on local ingredients to create dishes that are not only delicious but also tell a story. His tasting menu will lead guests on a seamless journey through the diverse flavors of the Pacific Northwest as they dine in their robes and sandals overlooking the forest. Each dish reflects Chef Lukas’s passion for quality and innovation, making every meal memorable.

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“We are incredibly excited to welcome Chef Lukas to our team,” said Bryan Stokes, Director of Food & Beverage for Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & the Grotto Spa. “His exceptional talent, coupled with his unique culinary philosophy, aligns perfectly with our mission to provide an unparalleled dining experience to our guests.”

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Chef Lukas is also known for his dynamic personality and belief in the importance of patience and perseverance in the kitchen. His approachable nature and culinary creativity will elevate the dining experience at the Treetop. His commitment to excellence earned him the prestigious Red Seal certification, a testament to his skill and dedication to the culinary arts.

For more information about adding this exceptional dining experience to your spa visit, please visit or call 250.248.1838.