Azuridge Estate Hotel complete transformation; appoints Executive Chef

November 05, 2013
by Azurdige Estate Hotel

October will mark the completion of a metamorphosis for Azuridge Estate Hotel with the appointment of Executive Chef Yoshi Chubachi, culinary chameleon and master chef. The Azuridge dining room has been formally named Opal, and will expand in 2014 to accommodate demand for Chef Yoshi’s menu. This announcement has been highly anticipated by fans of Chef Yoshi’s work, who have been waiting for more than six months to be informed of his next position. As the Executive Chef of Opal at Azuridge, Chef Yoshi will incorporate his Asian and French
influences, and has developed a menu of traditional Canadian dishes inspired by the natural elements of minerals and gemstones – a signature of Azuridge Estate Hotel. Guests can expect a menu that will feature local game, and highlight Yoshi’s additional training and talent in ice carving and sculpture.
Yoshi’s experience and worldly view will lend itself well to the momentum Azuridge has gained as a mint, luxury hospitality destination. General Manager Kristine Morrow, the original visionary who transformed the Estate from private home to Canada’s first Estate Hotel, selected Chef Yoshi to finalize her vision for Opal as the destination for celebrations.
“The arrival of Chef Yoshi means two things for us: first that Azuridge really is a special place to have attracted such a renowned artist; and second, that our transformation really is complete and that Azuridge competes with Canada’s top destinations,” said Kristine Morrow, General Manager of Azuridge Estate Hotel. “We’re extremely gratified that Chef Yoshi shares that vision, and we’re thrilled to share his talents with our guests at Azuridge and at Opal.”
Chef Yoshi arrived in Canada in 1977 as a Japanese Red Seal Chef after spending time as a stagiare in areas of Japan and France and has been based in Western Canada since 1984. Since then, Chubachi has earned more than 15 gold championship medals from world-renown International Culinary Competitions as a Member of Team Canada and is credited with transforming the culinary program of The Rimrock Resort of Banff as Executive Chef of ‘Eden’, achieving the hotel’s first AMA 5 Diamond designation. In addition to his culinary achievements, Chef Yoshi is an accomplished and award-winning ice carver, and will be incorporating large scale and individualized ice sculptures into his menu items and special events.
As an Executive of this unique property, Chef Yoshi and other members of the Executive team including a Butler and security staff, will live on site to service both the guests of the restaurant (Thursday-Sunday) and hotel guests who request dining services throughout the week.
Restaurant Operation: Opal is open Thursday to Sunday. Serving Sunday Brunch A’ la Carte
Restaurant Hours: Reservations from 12pm – 8pm
Cuisine: French and Asian infusion, focusing on Canadian Tradition influenced by natural elements of minerals & gemstones.
About Azuridge Estate Hotel
Hidden away atop foothills that roll out to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Azuridge was constructed in 1998 as a masterpiece of style and luxury as a private business retreat for a local family. The property was then transitioned into a secluded and tranquil hospitality destination, exhibiting versatile functionality as a space. The structures of Azuridge Estate feature expansive windows, exposed timbre, slate and stone with no division between outdoors and in while sitting aside sweeping stonewalls that encircle the property bringing seamless unity and natural flow to this picturesque landscape. Azuridge specializes in amenities that cater to the needs of corporate and personal celebrations such as: full estate rentals, overnight retreats, corporate retreats and meetings, weddings and extraordinary dining. Located in Priddis, Alberta, 20 minute outside of Calgary, Azuridge is a true reflection of its surroundings, as each structure is comprised of an earthy blend of indigenous Rundle rock and timber beam construction, which echoes the majesty of the nearby mountains. For more information or to make a dinner reservation, please visit

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