Derek Dammann was raised in Campbell River, BC, the salmon fishing capital of the world. After studying cooking in Nanaimo, chef Dammann worked in one of Canada's great Italian restaurants, Zambris's, in Victoria, before making his way to the UK to work with Jamie Oliver, St. John and The Fat Duck. Derek came back to Canada and settled in Montréal, where he opened DNA, one of the most exciting nose to tail dining establishments in North America. He partnered with Jamie Oliver again to open Maison Publique, a hugely popular and highly regarded gastropub. Recently Derek co-authored the best selling book True North, Canadian cooking from coast to coast.