A Cruise of a Different Nature
Chef Ian Riddick
Chef Ian Riddick fell in love with the West Coast of Vancouver Island the first time he visited, paradise for a self-proclaimed “wild food enthusiast. After spending time in some of Canada’s top kitchens he completed his apprenticeship at the world-renowned King Edward Hotel in Toronto and then moved west to work in resort hotels in Whistler, Sun Peaks and the Rocky Mountains. His next move was to Ucluelet and a solid 6-year tenure at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino as their executive chef. In 2018 he purchased the historic Matterson house, creating an open and social restaurant and catering operation.
Heartwood kitchen is in the historic Matterson house built in 1939. Enjoy uniquely inspired brunch and dinner in the cozy 26 seat dining room with an open kitchen. The menu is ever evolving with the seasons and focuses on seasonal Vancouver Island products with globally inspired flavours, always local sustainable seafood choices including crab feasts.
Our patio is open in the summer and offers a garden setting in the heart of Ucluelet.
Join us for brunch, dinner or one of our west coast feasts in our culinary workshop.
Heartwood Kitchen is located at 1682 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet.
Please go to www.heartwoodfood.com for more information.
The food is delicious, the setting and scenery beautiful and this is not your everyday experience.
“Wow. This restaurant compares favorably to some of the best restaurants I’ve been to in the big cities . . . Seattle, San Fran, L.A., Las Vegas, etc. In fact, it’s a place that I would put in my top 5 restaurants of all time. It’s THAT good. What makes it even better though, in my opinion, is that it’s located in little ole Ucluelet. Who woulda thought?”