Thomas Gimblett, Executive Chef
Thomas Gimblett has been a chef for over 33 years. He started on the west coast at such notables as Bacchus in South Surrey. Then he crossed the Canadian shield to open Racines, a fine dining French bistro, in New Brunswick where he was the proprietor there for over eight years. He then returned to the west coast and opened Bin 101 in White Rock. He then was an acting executive chef at the Coast hotel in Tsawwassen, and executive chef for both Surrey Golf and Country Club and the newly opened Delta Golf and Country Club. Thomas joined RiverHouse in 2018, and has been the here assisting in updating our menus, and focusing on local products and fresh ingredients.
Mike Ward, Executive Sous Chef
Mike Ward has been the executive sous chef at the RiverHouse since 2008. He started his career at Trolls in White Rock at the age of 17. After working at numerous establishments in Metro Vancouver, he came back to South Delta. He worked at Rios, a classic steakhouse in Tsawwassen, for a short time before then landed at the RiverHouse where he ensures our lunch service is always served with efficiency and to the highest standard.
Daren Yee, Bar Manager
Daren Yee joined the RiverHouse in 2015 . He made his start washing dishes part time in high school before making his way into the front of the house, working in nearly every position over the course of 18 years. Gaining a wealth of experience from working with independently owned restaurants in Steveston and Marpole, as well as corporate restaurants such as Milestones, Palomino Bar & Grill, Monk’s Grill, and Pat Quinn’s Restaurant and Bar at Tsawwassen Springs. Daren assumed the role of bar manager in 2018 ensuring your beverages are always made to the highest of standards.
Jamie Humphreys, Restaurant Manager
Jamie Humphreys, a restaurateur for over 40 years, has been working in numerous establishments in Metro Vancouver. With notables such as English Bay Café as well as Il Giardino in his portfolio, before becoming the operator of the famous fine dining establishment Giraffe in White Rock. Here Jamie ran the day to day operations as well as serving guests for over 27 years before joining us here at the RiverHouse. As our Restaurant Manager Jamie ensures your service is efficient and full of hospitality with careful attention to detail.
Zeta Newis, Events Specialist and Assistant General Manager
Zeta Newis started her career with the Mark James Group at the age of 21 focusing exclusively on customer service. Years later, Zeta’s love of all things delicious prompted her to start her own catering business, often creating and cooking all dishes. In 2009, Zeta and her husband purchased a well-known establishment, Baru Latino, and became the owner operators for over nine years. Tired of the city life, they moved to start the next chapter in their lives in the close-knit community of Ladner. Zeta found her way here to RiverHouse as our events specialist and assistant general manager.
Chad Mckenzie, General Manager
Chad Mckenzie, the general manger of the RiverHouse Restaurant and Pub, began his training as a chef at 16, through a culinary arts program offered at his high school. Under the direction of Chef Donald Phillips, a huge mentor in his life: “he pulled me into to the artistry and passion of being a chef, gave me inspiration, and told me not stop until my name was in lights.”During this time Chad also worked in a number of White Rock area eateries and Vancouver Hotels, then graduated high school with a scholarship towards a Culinary Arts Program and enrolled at Vancouver Community College to continue expanding his knowledge and training.
Even though, he refocused his career goal from cooking to management, he is still very well versed in many cuisines and assists the chef team on menu consultation whenever there is a need.
“My formal chefs training is the backbone of my experience it applies to all aspects of my work today, as a natural leader with a strong work ethic, coupled with high quality standards, It is the reason I have been successfully leading teams in the hospitality industry for the past 30 years with nearly as many establishments in my resume, Swan E Set Bay Country Club, The Fish House in Stanley Park, The Cannery Seafood Restaurant, &, Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse just to name a few.”
Please join me at The RiverHouse Restaurant and Pub in beautiful Delta, British Columbia, where, “our House is your house, so come on home.”