Chef Elmark Andreas

When Elmark was a 6 year old boy in the Philippines, he dropped out of the choir and was sent to live with his uncle. His uncle worked in the church kitchen feeding the homeless, and so Elmark began helping him in the kitchen - peeling potatoes and carrots and occasionally beheading chickens.


When Elmark was 17 he immigrated to Canada and he knew he wanted to cook. After working a year at Wendy’s, at 19 he applied to wash dishes at The Dirty Apron and was successful, although he reported a tough environment and many tears in his first months there. Over the next few years he worked his way up through prep, assisting the cooking school and then running the deli at age 23.

At just 26, Elmark came to us a mature, incredibly talented and creative chef. Not only is his food outstanding, but his positivity and enthusiasm are unparalleled. 

James Langford Smith

If you like fine dining and live it Vancouver, chances are you have met our GM, James Langford Smith, during your culinary travels.


Born and raised in Western Australia, James came to Galiano after opening and operating restaurants in Montana, California, Tofino (Sobo) and Vancouver (Kissa Tanto & Bao Bei). With a smile that is infectious and a warm, welcoming nature, James strives to give clients the best experience, whether in fine dining or foraging in the forest.