George Brown College
Baker/Patissier Apprenticeship, 1990
Executive Pastry Chef, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
As an executive pastry chef with Fairmont for almost 20 years, D’Oyen Christie has made dessert for the Queen; baked a cake for British Columbia’s 150th birthday and served it to the prime minister; and helped open a hotel in China with a staff that did not speak English. Currently at Fairmont Vancouver, Christie spent 11 years at the Empress in Victoria, where he was in charge of the team making pastries and sweets for the hotel’s famous afternoon tea, served to 115,000 annually. Committed to giving back, he now trains and mentors apprentices and teaches pastry classes to hotel guests.