Kristian Eligh, Executive Chef
Returning to his hometown of Victoria, Executive Chef Kristian Eligh leads our culinary team at Marilena Cafe and Raw Bar. Prior to our opening, Chef Kristian held positions in world renowned Michelin starred restaurants like Jean George in New York City, The French Laundry in Napa and Blackbird in Chicago. Most recently, Chef Kristian spent six years as Culinary Director for Vancouver based Hawksworth Restaurant Group, leading the Nightingale and Hawksworth teams respectively, achieving accolades such as Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
An avid free-diver and fisherman, Chef Kristian brings his passion for coastal cuisine to Marilena Cafe. Inspired by local offerings, his approachable dishes celebrate global flavours accented by seasonal ingredients, creating an unforgettable dining experience for our guests. Chef Kristian looks forward to delivering a hospitality experience that speaks to the Victoria community and to be able to contribute to the growing dining scene on Vancouver Island.