who we are

Uptown Chefs is a unity of highly skilled chefs, great locally sourced products and an amazing service team. All of our staffs experience combined attributes to decades of catering experience. Our home base is the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Center, where we provide exclusive catering services to all events held at the Hotel. We hold ourselves to the highest standard and it shows with each successful event we cater. Our sales manager and Event Coordinator will work closely with you to develop a customized catering package; from there our Event Coordinator will keep in close contact until the day of your event. Our service staff will help with basic linens, glassware, plates, cutlery, catering equipment and our chefs will create food that will blow you and your guests away and have everyone talking about your event for months after.

meet the team

Shawn Harnett

General Manager

Shawn Harnett began his career in the food and beverage industry 15 years ago as a chef before becoming an entrepreneur and moving into management. After 10 years as an entrepreneur Shawn joined the team at Uptown Chefs and brings vast experience in outside catering, event management and food expertise.

Romeo Oloresisimo

Executive Chef

Chef Romeo knew at an early age that his calling was creating in the kitchen. He worked his way up through the kitchen ranks earning his Red Seal Certification, and has received praise and respect along the way. Since arriving in Kamloops from Vancouver, Romeo has received a number of impressive accolades including wins at various Master Chef and Iron Chef competitions and most notably, he was recently featured on The Food Network’s inaugural season of Chopped Canada. His kitchen is one of the hardest working kitchens in the city and along with this team, he continues to carve out a name for himself delighting guests with his exquisite techniques and unique culinary flare.

Sambrusly "Sam" John Devadose

Banquet Chef

Our banquet chef Sambrusly John Devadose AKA “Sam” has over two decades of experience as a chef in the international culinary arts. Previous to this, he successfully completed his hotel management training in India. Sam’s Career took him to Dubai, all across the USA and aboard a world famous cruise line. After gaining all this experience, Sam moved to Canada where he joined our team in 2012. He has been recently promoted to Banquet Chef overseeing all of our outside catering events. His international travel attributes to our wide array of menu selections as well as very elaborate carving of fruits and vegetables which adds to the catering experiences we create.

Jessica Scharien

Event Coordinator

Jessica has been an Event Coordinator with the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre for over four years and brings a wealth of hospitality and catering experience to her role. She is dedicated to ensuring her clients are well taken care of and that all aspects of an event – no matter how large or small – are completely looked after. Jessica’s friendly demeanor and positive attitude have contributed to her success and have helped her gain and maintain an extensive network of happy clients. Jessica looks forward to working with you from start to finish making sure your offsite wedding, social gathering or corporate event is a smashing success!

Ineke Tucker

Banquet Service Manager

Ineke Tucker came to Canada in 1981 and began working for our organization in 1995. Hard work and great customer service over the years saw Ineke promoted to Banquet Service Manager in 2014 where she has overseen all aspects of banquets, catering and service excellence.

Robert Pinch

Red Seal Chef

Robert pinch is a Red Seal chef of 29 years and has been cooking since the age of 15, old school trained with German, French, Greek and Italian background. Robert valued the opportunity to move his family to Kamloops where he thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and the challenges found day to day with being a chef. He looks forward to many more years with our solid team and promises to keep producing meals you will never forget.

Your staff was so great! The food was SO delicious! All of our guests could not stop praising it to us throughout the night! Thank you for all of your help throughout this whole planning process! We are so pleased with how everything turned out.

- Nina and Mark Allison, Bride & Groom