Dan and Micayla Hayes are the team behind The London Chef. She runs the business. He runs the kitchen.
Since moving to Victoria from London, Dan and Micayla – who met when she attended a cooking class he taught at Whole Foods London – have been developing The London Chef brand, gaining the interest of foodies and non-foodies alike.
A lucky pairing, Dan and Micayla are perfectly matched to run The London Chef. She brings a BA (hons) and an MA, strong business acumen to the table, and he brings unparalleled culinary ability. From Commis to Head Chef, Dan has worked with various talented chefs in numerous high-end and Michelin starred restaurants. He has taught cookery all over the UK, food styled with one of Britain’s top food photography companies, and consulted on the development and opening of restaurants in London and the Canary Isles.
From fishing, hunting and gathering to final presentation this London Chef combines his classical French training and love of rustic Mediteranean cuisine and seafood cookery to create memorable and outstanding dishes, events and cookery lessons.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
Dan & Micayla Hayes
Born and raised in Victoria, BC Micayla Hayes has had an accomplished academic career and a diverse professional background. Micayla has a B.A. (Hons) in Criminology from the University of Toronto and an MA in Criminology from King’s College in London, England.
Throughout her undergraduate and post-graduate education Micayla held numerous presitgious internships and professional positions, including Research Intern for a professor at the University of Toronto, and Assistant to the Research Director to the Center for Crime and Jusice Studies in London, England.
After finishing her studies Micayla has gone to work as a consultant for various real estate-related businesses in Victoria and Vancouver. Over the past few years she has helped to generate successful print and online marketing material and press campaigns, developed key contact relationships, and designed and implemented systems, procecures and organizational strageies.
Heavily involved in the community, Micayla has a longstanding history of past and present volunteerism and community participation. In addition to working with adults and children with disabilities, Micayla is currently the Chair of Restorative Justice Oak Bay and is a Director on the Board for Big Brothers and Sisters of Victoria.
Dan Hayes has been a chef for over 11 years. Dan began his professional culinary training working with renowned English seafood chef Rick Stein on the west coast of England. Dan quickly moved up the ranks and developed a reputation as a vibrant, creative and hardworking young chef. Dan acted as Commis chef for Stein in both of his seafood restaurants and cookery school for over three years.
After working with Stein, Dan went back to London where he worked as the Sous Chef at one of the oldest and most prestigious restaurants in London, Poissonnerie de lʼAvenue. Here, Dan honed his French-style culinary techniques, and developed an interest in classical cuisine – an interesting juxtaposition to the modern English fare he had been cooking with Stein, and the rustic Mediterranean cuisine he had grown up with while living part-time in Ibiza, Spain.
During this time Dan was also acting as Head Food Stylist working with noted food photographer Paul Webster where he styled for editorial campaigns, television advertisements and food packaging.
After Poissonnerie, Dan went on to work at Michelin starred restuarant La Vinoteca in the Fenicia Presige Hotel in Ibiza, Spain, open three restaurants – including two Fishworks seafood restaurants in London where Dan served as Executive Chef and taught at the Fishworks Cookery school, and The Lodge in the Canary Isles.
Dan has also run a successful catering and private chefﬁng business in London, and worked as the Food Marketing Manager at Whole Foods London, an 85,000 square foot luxury supermarket. While working at Whole Foods Dan designed, coordinated, and taught at a busy in-house cookery school.
Since moving to Victoria two years ago, Dan has been familiarizing himself with west coast cuisine, developing relationships with local chefs, and working with regional produce and flavours. Dan is thrilled to be part of the dynamic and close knit food community in Victoria.