RETRO’s KING OF THE KITCHEN
Growing up in Edmonton, George can still vividly remember the anticipation and scents of the elaborate Sunday evening roast beef dinners that his mother used to prepare. From his earliest memories of childhood, he recalls that his mother has always been a great cook and a baker, and still remains so to this day. His mother’s love for preparing great meals, with a dash of European flair, passed on to him and remains as his primary inspiration. At home is where his passion for food started, and early on, he knew it was the path he would take in life.
Pursuing his passion, George would develop his skills and techniques at the French cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu, in Ottawa, ON. He further refined and honed his techniques and flavours at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA. After completing school, he would return to Edmonton and open Lux Steakhouse and work with the popular Manor Bistro, moving on to lead teams at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Edmonton Marriott.
George looks to enhance dining experiences through the creation of wholesome meals with superior sourced products. He truly believes that no matter your skill level in the kitchen, you limit yourself if you cannot source properly. Luckily in Alberta, he shared, “we have amazing locally grown produce and meats” and he has worked diligently on sourcing the best for his kitchens..
A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE
Chef George notes Thomas Keller of French Laundry, as one of his greatest influences, working under his leadership when he was at the Culinary Institute of America. Family remains George’s primary inspiration and he cultivates a love of food not only in the kitchens that he runs, with the teams he calls family, but also back at home with his twin children, which he knows will one day will carry on his culinary torch.
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Casino Edmonton and Casino Yellowhead are proud to have Regional Executive Chef George Flicker, call our kitchens his own.