Cookin’ on the Coast Airs Tonight with our Very Own Vista 18 Executive Chef – Garrett Schack

Chef Schack - Cookin on the Coast

New for the fall of 2013, Cookin’ on the Coast is a half hour cooking series which will replace YUM TV on CHEK Television. Delicious and innovative, Cookin’ on the Coast’s focus will be on the great sustainable food we have on Vancouver Island, and the remarkable dishes created by Chef Garrett Schack. Chef Schack is Executive Chef at Vista 18, Chateau Victoria’s well-loved rooftop restaurant and we here at Chateau Victoria couldn’t be prouder to see him returning to television this fall.

Chef Schack’s love of food started at the professional culinary arts program at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. Upon graduation, he headed to Australia and South East Asia. This awoke his passion for working with the rich flavours found in fresh, localized ingredients. Garrett returned to Victoria with a new approach to West Coast cuisine. He worked at a selection of Victoria’s best restaurants before rising to the heights of the long-established Vista 18. He puts great importance on getting to know local farmers and food providers and is always on the look-out for new ideas and interesting ingredients. He has developed a strong team in the kitchen and with other chefs in the food community. He wants to bring the television viewers recipes that teach and inspire and the love of cooking that he enjoys at work and at home.

Between preparing an array of uniquely West Coast dishes, Chef Schack will hit the road to visit other wonderful restaurants and eateries that embrace our local food culture. Plus he’ll show you fantastic pairings with local brews, wines and cocktails. You won’t want to miss this delightful show airing tonight at 10:30pm. Visit CHEK TV for other air times.

Cookin’ on the Coast. Monday night at 10:30pm, Tuesday at 1:00pm and Wednesday at 11:00am. We’ll be posting the teasers, and other fun information for you on our website, so be sure to check back regularly.


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9 Responses

  1. Kathryn Adams says:


    We just watched your show starring Octopus and skillet baked cornbread and were wondering if you have the recipes available or do you have a cook book.

    We enjoy the show immensely.

    • mark says:

      Have a look at the Vista 18 website at and look for the Cookin on the Coast tab. All the recipes are there. I am not sure if Cheff is planning a book or not but will ask. I will pass on comments about the show.

  2. Brian Rye says:

    To March 4 13.00 hrs your show was chowder and you had your wine expert on with a blush or rosé wine I miss the name could you please advise me of the wine. I would really appreciate the info. Thank you

    • mark says:

      Dear Brian,
      I just found your question in our spam filter. sorry about that. I will check with Chef to see if has notes on the wine and get him to pass them to you.

  3. rob benson says:

    i was wondering if chef garrett would like some fresh,extra lean island raised grassfed beef for any of his shows,we also have rhubarb and blueberries(july available)we have been farming in the cedar area(south nanaimo) since 1948.
    you can contact me at 250-616-3920.

  4. Pam says:

    Just saw the Cookin’ on the Coast episode making the Gluten Free Chocolate cake (with chick peas instead of flour), but all web links to the recipe are gone (404 errors).

    I am on a very restricted diet; would love to try making the cake, but need the ingredient measurements & the oven temp for the recipe.

    Please, could this be emailed to me?
    or could you advise where I may find it?
    In a hurry, starvin’…
    Thank you!

    • yvonne says:

      Hello Pam,

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Apparently this is a link with ChekTV and our contact is currently away. I have spoken to the chef and he will get me the recipe so that I can send it to you. Hopefully this week.


    • yvonne says:

      Hello Pam,
      Here is the recipe that you wanted – enjoy!


      1½ cups dark chocolate
      570 gram canned chickpeas, drained
      4 eggs
      ¾ cup white sugar
      ½ tsp baking powder
      Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 9 inch cake pan.

      Melt the chocolate. In a food processor blend the chickpeas and eggs until smooth add the sugar and baking powder. Add the melted chocolate and blend until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Allow the cake to cool and serve.

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