Alvin Pillay Joins the Donnelly Group as Development Chef

The Donnelly Group takes pub food to fresh new heights, welcoming Alvin Pillay as the company’s newly appointed Development Chef.

In his new role Alvin Pillay is working in partnership with their roster of chefs on menu development as well as conducting cook and chef training. He intends to move towards a more seasonal & healthy approach to pub fare. His motto is ‘less is more’ with a strong focus on fresh, local ingredients. Alvin will work close with Executive Chef Michael Knowlson on menu development to take the pubs’ menus to a new level by creating simple-yet-inventive, well-executed pub fare using high-quality ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and organic.

The ambitious young chef brought his passion for Italian food to Campagnolo Restaurant as Chef de Cuisine, where he assisted in the building of the establishment from the ground up. During his tenure Campagnolo won a place in the Conde Nast Top 50 New Restaurants for 2009 and took Vancouver Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2010. More recently Pillay moved on to be Chef de Cuisine for the Heather Hospitality Group, where he oversaw the kitchens at the popular Irish Heather Gastropub as well as their other locations in Gastown. Under Pillay, the Irish Heather’s tasty, authentic pub food won rave reviews and garnered the top spot in the Golden Plate Awards.